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Posted on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 2 p.m.

Slow-Cooked Pork, Black Beans and Rice (al estilo de Cuba) - make ahead dish feeds a crowd

By Peggy Lampman


Slow-Cooked Cuban Pork, Black Beans and Rice

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Here's a meaty recipe that fits the bill for a make-ahead dish large enough to serve a group. Its international flavor profile, enlivened by abundant citrus, is also economical- about two bucks a serving.

Even if you're not feeding a crowd, the leftovers will provide tasty meals when reheated for several days. In fact, I recommend completing the dish a day in advance; the flavors improve dramatically after the confinement in the fridge.

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Time to soak beans: 12-24 hours
Active Time: 30 minutes
Slow Cook Time: 8-9 hours
Yield: 10 servings with rice


1 pound black beans
2 pounds boneless, skinless pork s
1 tablespoon canola oil 1/2 cup tomato paste (I used a 4 1/2 ounce tube double concentrated Amore tomato paste)
3 cups beef or chicken stock
Chopped zest and juice from 1 juicy lime
Juice from 2 juicy oranges, chopped zest from 1 orange
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 heaping teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon cardamom
2 heaping tablespoons minced garlic
1/2-1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup chopped cilantro
Sofrito,** (optional)

*1/2 teaspoon adds mild heat; add additional pepper according to taste.
**Finely diced and sautéed onion, garlic and peppers.


1. Soak beans in water 8-24 hours. Drain and place in bottom of a slow-cooker.
2. Liberally season all sides of pork with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high to high heat. Sear all sides of pork until golden brown; set aside.
3. As pork browns, whisk tomato paste, stock, orange and lime zest and juices, cumin, oregano, cardamom, garlic and red pepper together and pour over beans; stir in onions.
4. Place browned pork on top. Cover and cook on low 8-9 hours, or until beans are tender and pork may easily be pulled into shreds.
5. Stir in cilantro, serve with rice, and pass the sofrito, if using.

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Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 12:22 a.m.

Mmm, all my favorite ingredients in one fell swoop! Can't wait to try.

Jessica Webster

Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 7:02 p.m.

The photo is so ridiculously delicious-looking. I just need to remember to start this the day before I want to eat it. Planning that far in advance is not my forte.

Peggy Lampman

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 2 p.m.

I know how that is, Jessica. It's hard enough to get through today's to-do list!


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 3:04 p.m.

This looks good. I'm copying your recipe.

Peggy Lampman

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 2:01 p.m.

Thanks, justcurious. I hope you enjoy the dish!