Pork and Black Bean Stew

It was a cold blustery day today.  This was the perfect day for this dish.  You can use canned beans instead of making them yourself.  If you do, use 4 15-oz cans of drained beans.  This is a good recipe to “hide” vegetables if you have family members who don’t like to eat vegetables.

Black beans

  • 2 cups dried black beans
  • 4 cloves garlic smashed
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 4 bay leaves

Soak beans overnight in about six cups of water.  Drain beans and put them in a pot.  Add 4 cups water, garlic, onion and bay leaves, bring to boil  When boiling, turn down heat and simmer for about 1 hour.


  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 ½ pounds pork sirloin or boneless shoulder, cut into 1 ½ inch cubes
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper stemmed, seeded and chopped
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, stemmed seeded and chopped (2 peppers will give a pretty hot stew but won’t burn your mouth off.  1 pepper will give moderate heat)
  • 4 tbsp California (mild) chile powder
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 28 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp beef bouillon paste or granules
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • Salt to taste

Heat up canola oil in a large stew pot.  When the oil is hot, add pork and cook, stirring occasionally until lightly browned.  Add onion, garlic, celery and peppers and stir until vegetables have softened.  Add chile powder, oregano, tomatoes, bouillon and partially cooked beans (if using canned beans, do not add them yet), including enough bean liquid to make a nice thick (but not watery) stew.  Reserve the rest of the bean liquid.  Bring to boil and then turn down the heat and simmer for about 1  hour, stirring occasonally.  If mixture gets too thick add more reserved bean liquid.  After one hour, add cabbage (and drained canned beans if you used those instead of cooking them yourself).   Stir well to mix.  Cook for another ½ -1 hour.  Adjust seasoning.  Ladle into bowls and top with a dollop of sour cream.  Makes 8 servings.

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2 Responses to “Pork and Black Bean Stew”

  1. sassycondiments Says:

    I just found your site. The food all sounds so scrumptious! Thanks for posting!

  2. squirrelmama Says:

    Thanks sassycondiments! I’m kind of new to blogging so I don’t have a fancy website. I’m a little behind in my postings. Have a bunch of photos in my camera that I need to upload and attach recipes. REcently moved and have been getting acquainted with the new squirrels here.

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