Friday, October 28, 2011

Nana's Hog Heaven Chili

Do you have a recipe that you still make to this day, that engulfs you with wonderful childhood memories?  Well, this is mine, my mom's Hog Heaven Chili!!!  This bowl of chili represents what childhood is all about.  It's something from mom that is warm & comforting. It takes whatever happened that day & throws it out the at school making fun or getting a bad grade on a test, none of that mattered when I walked through the door to find this simmering on the stove.  The funny thing about this is, my sister made a batch of this, not 48 hrs before I made mine & we had no idea the other was making it...weird right?  And perfectly in keeping with Halloween being right around the corner.

1 lb ground pork (season to taste with cayenne)/hot sausage 
2-3 (large) cloves garlic, grated
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 (13 oz) can rotel style tomatoes
1 (16 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (16 oz) can pinto beans, drained
1 (16 oz) can kidney beans, drained
1 (16 oz) can black beans, drained
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup water (or more if needed)
Salt & pepper to taste (salt suggestion is 1 tablespoon + 1 tsp)

In a 5 1/2 qt dutch oven or similar, brown pork, season with 1 tsp of salt and a little cayenne.  Once it's browned, add remaining ingredients and allow to simmer for 1-3 hours, the longer the better of course.  You may need to add more water as it cooks down.

Garnish with sour cream, cheese & green onions.  Mom always had a lime wedge too but I didn't have any on hand.  

Serves 5-6 servings 


  1. Mom's Chili was always the best! This looks like a great recipe. And obviously a family favorite!

  2. Got some ground beef and sausage yesterday for some chili! Anything w/'Nana's' name on it HAS to be great!!! Love the cumin and luxurious! :)


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