Green Chili Jack Smash Burgers

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Recipe courtesy of the National Pork Board and USA Pulses

Servings: 4

Burger Patties:

1 pound ground pork

4 tablespoons red onion, scrubbed with vegetable brush under

running water and finely minced

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

2 teaspoons ancho chili powder

1 cup cooked black-eyed peas, drained

1 teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste

4 slices Jack cheese

Caramelized Onions:

2 tablespoons butter

1 large onion, scrubbed with vegetable brush under

running water

and sliced thin

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon salt

Charred Green Chili Mayo:

1 can (3 ounces) diced green chilies

2/3 cup mayonnaise

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon lime juice

2 green onions, gently rubbed under cold running water and

finely sliced

1/4 cup cilantro, gently rubbed under cold running water

and chopped

4 hamburger buns

1 avocado, peeled and sliced

1/2 head lettuce, gently rubbed under cold running water

In large bowl, mix ground pork, onion, garlic and chili powders. Add

black-eyed peas and salt; mix well. Form into four loosely packed balls

and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

To make Caramelized Onions: In large skillet over medium-high heat,

warm butter. Add onions, water and salt; cook, stirring, until onions

soften and turn golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and

set aside.

To make Charred Green Chili Mayo: Place green chilies in hot cast

iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, turning, until chilies begin to

soften and turn black. Remove from heat and place in small bowl. Add

mayonnaise, garlic and lime juice; whisk to blend. Add green onions and

cilantro; stir well and refrigerate.

To make burgers: Warm cast iron or nonstick griddle pan over

medium-high heat. Place pork balls on hot skillet; flatten with heavy

metal spatula. Season with salt, to taste. Cook approximately 3 minutes;

flip and cook 2-3 minutes until internal temperature reaches 145 F.

Lightly toast buns. Place each burger on toasted bun with slice of cheese,

Caramelized Onions, Charred Green Chili Mayo, avocado and lettuce.

FAMILY FEATURES According to the “Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior,” studies have proven that eating meals together as a family can improve communication and relationships, which is especially important during times of uncertainty and life’s more difficult moments. Great-tasting foods like pork and pulses can be combined to bring families together with quality nutrition, which helps bodies survive and thrive.

Pulses are the nutritionally dense, edible seeds of legumes including dry peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas. Together with pork, this pairing provides critical nutrients to support weight management and immune function, along with plenty of protein – providing all nine essential amino acids – fiber, B vitamins, zinc, iron, potassium, selenium and folate. As part of the Powerful Pairings initiative, launched by the National Pork Board and USA Pulses in an effort to promote pairing whole foods to bring taste, balance and nutrition to the center of the plate, these recipes for Green Chili Jack Smash Burgers, Cuban Black Beans and Pork Chops with Smashed Yellow Peas and Black-Eyed Pea Gravy encourage a nutritious way to enjoy fresh taste.

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