Cuban Pork and Black Bean Stew Recipe

Cuban Pork and Black Bean Stew over RiceI am not Cuban nor have I ever been to Cuba.  I do however have a love of all kinds of Latin American foods.  This is my recipe that I’ve adapted, and I’m sure added my own Mexican flare to, but I will tell  you one thing.  It’s gooooood! 

These days I am all about the quick and easy meals; I know.  This is not one of those.  Did you fall off your chair?  Ha!  While this recipe does take quite a bit of time and preparation, I love to make a huge batch and freeze portions for quick meals later.  See I haven’t varied too far off my beaten path now have I? 

Ingredients:
3 pound pork shoulder
1 pound bacon
1 pound black beans
2 large onions
3 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
1 bay leaf
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup orange juice
6 key limes
2 2/3 cups hot cooked white rice 
salt and pepper

Fry the baconFry 1 pound bacon.  I just put the entire package in a large frying pan and stir it as it begins to cook.  I learned this method from my aunt when I was a teenager.  No more laying out each piece of bacon to fry it.  This way is much faster.  When the bacon is crisp, drain on a paper towel lined plate.  Cool slightly and crumble the bacon and place in a 6 qt slow cooker. 

Cook 1 pound black beansCook a pound of black beans according to package.  I like to use the quick soak method.  Bring water (about 2 quarts) and rinsed beans to a boil and then cover and remove from heat for 1 hour.  After an hour bring the beans to a boil again.  Reduce heat and simmer  until beans are done. 

Fry Pork shoulderSprinkle 3 pound pork shoulder with 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.  Return the skillet of bacon dripping to medium high heat and pork.  Cook about 8 minutes to brown all sides.  Add the pork to slow cooker. 

Fry onions and spicesOver medium-high heat add 2 large chopped onions and 6 garlic cloves; fry 3 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon each oregano, paprika, cumin, and crushed red pepper to pan; cook 1 minute.  Add 3 cups chicken broth, 1 cup orange, 3 tablespoons fresh key lime juice, and 1bay leaf to pan. Bring to a boil and cook 1 minute. Pour onion mixture over pork. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or until pork is very tender.

Melt in your mouth slow cooker porkShred pork, and discard bones. Throw away the bay leaf.

Cuban pork and black bean stewReturn the shredded pork to the crock pot and add the (drained) black beans. 

Cuban White RiceServe over Cuban White Rice.  The difference from regular white rice is the addition of 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil and 1 garlic clove, pressed per 1 1/2 cups of uncooked white rice. 

Cuban Black Beans & PorkI like to serve this with Avocado Salsa!  This dish is super tasty.  It makes a huge batch and freezes well.  What do you think?  Are you up for putting in the time for this yummy meal? 

 

Cuban Pork & Black Bean Stew
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5596 calories
363 g
1459 g
238 g
492 g
80 g
4171 g
7599 g
44 g
0 g
135 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
4171g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5596
Calories from Fat 2143
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 238g
366%
Saturated Fat 80g
398%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 26g
Monounsaturated Fat 109g
Cholesterol 1459mg
486%
Sodium 7599mg
317%
Total Carbohydrates 363g
121%
Dietary Fiber 61g
245%
Sugars 44g
Protein 492g
Vitamin A
128%
Vitamin C
380%
Calcium
61%
Iron
219%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 pound pork shoulder
  2. 1 pound bacon
  3. 1 pound black beans
  4. 2 large onions
  5. 3 garlic cloves
  6. 1 tablespoon paprika
  7. 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  8. 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  9. 1 bay leaf
  10. 3 cups chicken broth
  11. 1 cup orange juice
  12. 6 key limes
  13. 2 2/3 cups hot cooked white rice
  14. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Fry 1 pound bacon. Crumble and add to 6qt Slow Cooker.
  2. Cook a pound of black beans according to package.
  3. Sprinkle 3 pound pork shoulder with 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Return the skillet of bacon dripping to medium high heat and pork. Cook about 8 minutes to brown all sides. Add the pork to slow cooker.
  4. Over medium-high heat add 2 large chopped onions and 6 garlic cloves; fry 3 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon each oregano, paprika, cumin, and crushed red pepper to pan; cook 1 minute. Add 3 cups chicken broth, 1 cup orange, 3 tablespoons fresh key lime juice, and 1bay leaf to pan. Bring to a boil and cook 1 minute. Pour onion mixture over pork. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or until pork is very tender.
  5. Shred pork, and discard bones. Throw away the bay leaf.
  6. Return the shredded pork to the crock pot and add the (drained) black beans.
  7. Serve over Cuban White Rice. The difference from regular white rice is the addition of 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil and 1 garlic clove, pressed per 1 1/2 cups of uncooked white rice.
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Seward to Denali–The Long Journey

Seward Alaska portIt was really over–our Alaskan Cruise!  We arrived at the port in Seward with all of our luggage minus my (stolen) rain jacket.  In preparation for our trip, everything we heard and read told us we couldn’t go to Alaska without taking the dome train to Denali.  The problem was we had already purchased our cruise and flights.  We had one night free in Alaska and so, crazy people that we are, we made it work. 

The Park ConnectionThe Park Connection bus picked us up at the port in Seward shortly after we debarked.  The bus driver was awesome!  He didn’t just drive, but gave us facts and commentary the entire way to Anchorage. 

From Seward to Ancorage by busThe drive is several hours but the scenery is breathtaking!  I was riveted to the scenery the entire way.  Unfortunately, Jason struggled with motion sickness most of the way.  I wished we could have sat closer to the front for his sake.  As gorgeous as the scenery was, this was the only nice photo I got as I was shooting from my seat and through the window of the fast moving bus. 

Anchorage MuseumOur bus took us to the Anchorage Museum where we had fun in children’s section of course!  Funny that that is exactly where we went and talked about how much fun the kids would have.  Later we did walk the expanse of the museum where Jason especially enjoyed the Alaska native artifacts after having learned so much about the people and culture throughout our trip. 

Originally we wanted to take the train to Denali and back, but with our time constraints the train was only possible one way.  We were told that riding the bus was also very scenic and that we would be able to view an alternate route.  It was actually preferable than riding the train both ways we were told.  DO NOT DO THIS!  We didn’t have a better choice, but if you have time to ride the train both ways do it.  The bus ride was not great.  There wasn’t much scenery as most of the way there was just trees, trees, and more trees blocking the views beyond.  We didn’t get to view any beautiful scenery until we were near Denali National Park, but by then of course we were almost there. 

Our experience on the bus was particularly bad as the other tourists were unfriendly and even down right rude.  I suppose everyone was tired on the journey, but let me tell ya this leg of the trip was not fun.  We were ever so thankful to arrive at our hotel in Denali State Park. 

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