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The whole family is going to love this hearty ground pork chili recipe. Not only is this recipe easy to make, but you can vary the spice level so that even your picky ones will love the flavor! Make it in under 30 minutes.

Two big bowls full of ground pork chili.

Winter is the time when we love chili… which may sound strange given we are from Texas, where chili cook-offs happen all year long! Chili is comfort food for the whole family, except for my picky one :-). 

If you love ground pork as much as we do, you will want to check out all of my family-friendly ground pork recipes! Serve these homemade Gluten Free Corn Tortillas with this hearty chili.

Why This Chili Is Great:

  1. Rich flavor: Pork has a rich flavor that pairs well with the spices and seasonings I used in this recipe.
  2. Versatility: Pork chili can be made with various ingredients, including beans, vegetables, and different types of chili peppers. This lets you customize the ingredients even more for a lot of flexibility in terms of flavor and texture.
  3. Nutritional value: Pork is a good source of protein, making it a hearty and satisfying meal. I also love that often ground pork meat is less expensive than other ground meat types.
  4. Comforting and filling: Chili is a classic comfort food that can be enjoyed on its own or with other accompaniments like rice, tortilla chips, or gluten free cornbread. It’s also a filling dish that can keep you satisfied for hours.

Try my recipe and see how tasty and satisfying this chili with pork can be. It is perfect for a cold winter day or whenever you’re in the mood for something hearty and delicious.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Ground Pork – This recipe was created to showcase the flavor of ground pork, but ground beef, turkey, and bison will also work well in this recipe.
  • Onions – Use yellow onions.
  • Peppers – Use any color of bell peppers. For more spice, feel free to add include other types of pepper like jalapeños and roasted hatch green chiles.
  • Carrots – This is optional, but the sweetness from the carrots helps accent the ground pork
  • Garlic Cloves – Use minced fresh or jarred garlic.
  • Peeled Canned Tomatoes – I like San Marzano tomatoes.
  • Kidney Beans – I used canned beans, rinsed and drained.
  • Seasonings – Cumin, chili powder, and chipotle chili powder/flakes.
  • Garnishes – Cheddar cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and scallions


  • Substitute ground beef or ground turkey for the ground pork.
  • If you don’t have kidney beans on hand, use black beans or pinto beans.

You will also love making these Gluten Free Corn Dumplings in this chili recipe!

The top view of a big pot of ground pork chili garnished with cilantro.

If you are looking for another great family-friendly recipe with ground pork, you will want to try this Ground Pork Fried Rice recipe, too!

Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

Browning ground pork, oil, and onion in a Dutch oven.

Step 1: Add oil to a pot and heat on medium heat. Add the chopped onion and ground pork. Cook until the meat is browned. 

Adding the remaining chili ingredients to the cooked ground pork.

Step 2: Add the rest of the ingredients to the cooked pork. Use a large wooden spoon to break up the peeled tomatoes.

Step 3: Bring the chili mixture to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to low to simmer for 20 minutes.

The longer this pork chili cooks, the more the flavors merge and blend so if you are not in a hurry, I recommend letting it cook longer. Stir halfway through cooking.

A spoon full of ground pork chili.

Step 4: Enjoy! You can top your chili with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, scallions, chives, guacamole…or anything you like!

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Recipe FAQ:

Can you freeze this chili?

You can easily freeze this chili. Thaw in the microwave or stovetop. I love to freeze this in single-serve portions with the above Souper Cubes.

Can you make this chili vegan?

If there is a non-meat vegan substitute that you enjoy, of course, feel free to use it instead of the meat in this recipe. I highly recommend Impossible Meat.

What can you serve with this chili recipe?

I love to serve gluten free rolls with this chili so I can dip them in to get all of the juices. Try these Paleo Biscuits or this Gluten Free Focaccia Bread.

How do you store chili with pork?

This chili will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Store it in an airtight container.

If you love chili, this Padron Pepper Chili is pretty tasty too!

The top view of a bowl of chili next to the pot full of chili.

Hearty Ground Pork Chili Recipe

Sandi Gaertner
A delicious hearty ground pork chili recipe that makes the best family dinner. Naturally gluten free!
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4.93 from 13 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dinner Recipes, Meal Recipes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 267 kcal

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  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1-3 tablespoons hatch green chiles depending on how spicy you like it
  • 1 28 ounce can of peeled tomatoes
  • 2 cans kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon oil I used avocado


  • In a pot, add the oil and let it warm for 2 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the diced onion, carrots, garlic, and ground pork and cook until the pork is browned.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, cover, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and continue to simmer for an additional 20-30 minutes.
  • Top with cheddar, scallions, sour cream or anything else you like.


  1. You can use any ground meat in this recipe.
  2. You can use black, pinto, or kidney beans.
  3. This chili will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 15gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 667mgPotassium: 598mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 3862IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 3mg
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This recipe was updated from an older November 2019 post with more details.

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  1. I love chili and it is a perfect dish for Fall. It’s comforting, filling, and everyone’s favorite! Can’t wait to try this version with ground pork.

  2. I love slow cooked chili and your recipe looks delicious! It’s so warm and inviting. Perfect for a cold day here in Florida.

      1. Thanks for the recipe. Though it can be challenging to find all the ingredients here in China, I really wanted a taste of home during these cold winter days. Plus, my mother in law only eats pork, so perfect recipe!

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