Chinese Three-Bean Chili

Alan Tobey likes to experiment with fusion dishes that are practical for the home cook, such as this pork chili flavored with Chinese seasonings.

Yield: Makes 4 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 411
  • Calories from fat: 33%
  • Protein: 36g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated fat: 3.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 33g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Sodium: 1050mg
  • Cholesterol: 67mg


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound pork loin, rinsed, fat trimmed, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions (white and pale green parts only; reserve green tops for garnish, if desired)
  • 3 fresh serrano or other hot green chilies (about 3 oz. total), rinsed, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons salted fermented black beans, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes


  1. 1. In a bowl, mix cornstarch, chili powder, five spice, and salt. Add pork and mix to coat.
  2. 2. Pour oil into a 4- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add pork mixture and stir often until browned on all sides, about 4 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer pork to bowl. Add green onions, chilies, garlic, fermented black beans, and ginger to pan. Stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. 3. Return pork to pan and add 1 cup water, kidney beans, pinto beans, and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer, then lower heat, cover, and simmer (do not let boil), stirring occasionally, until pork is tender when pierced, about 25 minutes.
  4. 4. Ladle into bowls and top with sliced green onion tops, if desired.
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