Pulled Pork Chili
Pulled Pork Chili is super easy to make in your crockpot and absolutely delicious. Put everything but the beans and corn into your slow cooker and let it simmer away for hours until the pork is fall off the bone tender. Then shred the meat, add the beans and corn, and dinner is ready. It's a slightly sweet BBQ chili recipe that everyone loves!
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Pulled pork can make anything taste better. Sandwiches, burgers, stir-fries, noodles, spaghetti, and even chili taste better with pulled pork. Any delicious, simple, home-cooked meal can be made better by adding some pulled pork.
Why this is the best pulled pork chili
We fell in love with this recipe years ago. It's been many years since we first shared this recipe here, and we've made it many times since. It's always a winner in our home.
- Tasty pork, slow-cooked until it's melt-in-your-mouth tender, makes the most delicious chili meat.
- BBQ chili with a secret ingredient that takes it over the top.
- Ok, not so secret. We use hoisin sauce instead of BBQ sauce. The depth of flavor it brings to the chili is amazing and it works so well with the pork.
- The sweet and savory BBQ-like flavor is always a winner.
- Leftovers taste AMAZING and it freezes very well. Hello, meal prep!
- As good made with leftover pulled pork as it is making the recipe from scratch.
- And “from scratch” meaning we put the ingredients into our crockpot and turn it on. So easy!
Ingredients you'll need to make pulled pork chili
Pork shoulder – you can also use leftover pulled pork.
Chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, coconut sugar, ground cumin, sea salt – so much flavor!
Canned tomatoes – we use crushed tomatoes, but diced will work as well.
Onion + garlic – the classic aromatics add so much flavor.
Hoisin sauce – this is our secret ingredient that adds a wonderful sweetness that works so well with pulled pork. You can also use BBQ sauce.
Canned beans – we like to use white cannellini beans, but other beans work well, too. Red kidney beans are classic in chili.
Frozen corn – we like the texture better than canned corn, but either can be used.
How to make pulled pork chili
Pulled pork chili is a simple, uncomplicated recipe. Basically, you throw everything into your crockpot and turn it on. It doesn't get any easier than this!
- You'll want to remove any skin and trim away as much of the fat as possible. Skipping this step will give you a greasy chili. Then rub the roast with a few pantry-staple spices.
- Now put the onion, garlic, crushed tomatoes, beef broth, and some hoisin or BBQ sauce into your crockpot and set the pork roast on top.
- Let the chili gently cook on low heat for 10 hours then shred the meat using 2 forks and stir the beans and corn into the pot.
That's it! Pulled pork chili is ready to eat in 3 simple steps!
Can you make this chili with leftover pulled pork?
YES! If you've made a big batch of pulled pork, you can use the extra to make this chili. You won't need to cook the chili for as long as the recipe states since the pork is already cooked. I find that it's best made in a pot on your stovetop and simmered for about 30 minutes.
What to serve with pulled pork chili
All chili recipes make great one pot dinners. You can easily serve this chili on its own, or with a few simple toppings, and you'll be very happy with dinner. If you want something special to serve with it, we love our zucchini cornbread muffins and whole wheat Irish soda bread.
Other favorite chili side dishes are:
Toppings for pulled pork chili
Diced avocado, cheddar cheese, minced onion, and cilantro are personal favorites. Corn chips, sour cream, pickled onions, green onions, and diced fresh tomatoes also make delicious chili toppings.
Leftover chili will keep for up to 4 days in an airtight container in your fridge.
The best way to reheat chili is in a pot over medium heat. You can also use a microwave if you prefer.
Yes! Pulled pork chili freezes very well. Let it cool completely and then transfer it to a freezer-proof container – we love reusable Stasher Bags! The chili will keep for 6 months in your freezer if stored properly.
Favorite chili recipes
- Best Steak Chili
- Mushroom Sausage Chili
- BBQ Crockpot Chicken Chili
- Black Bean and Corn Chili with Avocado Salsa
- Guinness Spiked Irish Chili
- Easy Turkey Chili
Pulled Pork Chili Recipe
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- 3 lb bone-in pork shoulder, see notes
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon EACH: onion powder, garlic powder, and coconut sugar , can sub brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon EACH: ground cumin and sea salt
- 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- ½ large onion, minced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup beef broth
- ½ cup hoisin, gluten-free hoisin if needed (can sub BBQ sauce)
- 19 ounce can white cannelli beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup frozen corn
- Optional toppings: cheese, sour cream, green onions, diced avocado, cilantro, and corn chips
- Remove the skin (if there is any) and cut off most of the fat from the pork shoulder.3 lb bone-in pork shoulder
- Mix the chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, sugar, cumin, and salt in a small bowl. Liberally coat all sides of the pork with the spices. Pour any remaining spice into your slow cooker.3 tablespoons chili powder, 1 tablespoon EACH: onion powder, garlic powder, and coconut sugar, 1 teaspoon EACH: ground cumin and sea salt
- Add the crushed tomatoes, onion, garlic, beef broth, and hoisin to your crockpot and mix well. Place the pork roast into the pot, cover with the lid, and set it to 10 hours on low heat.28 ounce can crushed tomatoes, ½ large onion, 4 cloves garlic, 1 cup beef broth, ½ cup hoisin
- Remove the pork roast from the pot and put it into a large bowl. Discard the bone and any big pieces of fat. Shred the meat using 2 forks then return it to the crockpot. Add the beans and corn and stir well. Let the chili reheat for a few minutes then serve with any or all of the optional toppings.19 ounce can white cannelli beans, 1 cup frozen corn, Optional toppings: cheese, sour cream, green onions, diced avocado, cilantro, and corn chips
For more inspiration, check out all of our chili recipes!
This recipe is part of our Healthy Super Bowl Recipes series.
Looks very good, we plan to make it- but not sure of the size of the pork roasts
It says 3 3lb roast- (looks like a lot for one pot), then in the note it says if you plan on using leftovers
Use 1-1/2 lbs
A raw, 3 lb bone-in pork roast will yield approximately 1 ½ lb cooked meat. I hope that makes more sense!
Two questions- is it ok to reduce the chili powder to 1 TB? And does it work as well if you brown the pork first, then so the spice rub? Thanks!
You can definitely reduce the chili powder if you’re worried about the heat level. And browning the pork first should work fine. This is a pretty flexible recipe. 🙂
Made this today. I had a huge pork roast and no ideas so thanks much! Liked your comments at end about just use what you have and it will be fine. That convinced me to try and we are so pleased.
I’m so happy to hear that the recipe was a hit!
I absolutely LOVE pulled pork. This chili is definitely on my to-make-list.
Me too! It’s definitely one of my favourites 🙂
I’m pretty sure I just died. two of my absolute favorite things in one dish. I will most definitely be giving this a try!
Let me know how you like it!
That is a great idea to use pulled pork in chili. I recently made a big batch of pulled pork and froze some of it. I think you just gave me the idea to add it into chili. Great recipe!