Brazilian Black Bean & Pork Stew

We had a considerable amount of snow over the course of the past two weeks, probably the most that the Eastern Shore has seen in quite a few years. Both little ones were home with me, cooped up in the house, for a majority of those days.   Needless to say, comfort food was in order.

I’d had this recipe bookmarked to try since I bought my copy of Slow Cooker Revolution, and would add it to our weekly menu – but it just kept getting pushed back for one reason or another. I finally decided that it would make a great snow day meal, so it finally came together in my crockpot last week – and I’m kicking myself for not getting around to it sooner. I assumed that I wouldn’t really like it…I’m not the biggest kielbasa fan, and it seemed really meaty. Not that I dislike meat, quite the contrary. But, on initial inspection it just didn’t seem like my cup of tea. But, I knew all the little carnivores in this house would adore it. I was right on that count at least, but was wrong in assuming that I wouldn’t love it too!

The flavors were out of this world. Everything blended together perfectly when cooked, creating a symphony of meaty goodness in one pot. The pork and kielbasa were tender, but still retained their shape and texture. And the beans – oh my word, those beans! Absolutely perfectly cooked – nice and creamy, just the way I like them. I served over a bed of cilantro-lime rice, and topped with some sliced avocado and the Brazilian hot sauce they suggest in the book. It kind of reminded me of pico de gallo…but with the addition of green bell pepper, white wine vinegar, and extra-virgin olive oil – it definitely added more layers of complexity.

It made a large batch, so we enjoyed it for dinner one night – and I stuck the other half in the freezer for a quick meal one night when I’m not feeling like cooking. Which, I must admit – is getting more and more often as the due date for baby boy #3 approaches. It’s good to know that such a hearty and comforting meal is just a thaw out and re-heat away!

Source: adapted from Slow Cooker Revolution

5 Comments

  1. Posted February 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM | Permalink

    That sounds phenomenal!

  2. Posted February 3, 2014 at 8:51 PM | Permalink

    Joey would be ALL over this – black beans, lots of meat… sounds like a winner!

    For some reason I’ve overlooked this in SCR – thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  3. Posted February 4, 2014 at 10:44 AM | Permalink

    I’m drooling just by reading your 3rd paragraph.

  4. Posted February 4, 2014 at 2:41 PM | Permalink

    This sounds so good! I’ve totally skipped over this one in SCR, too, but now I really want to try it. As always, your photo is beautiful!

  5. Mary
    Posted October 29, 2014 at 6:28 PM | Permalink

    Delicious! I had to alter slightly – used only 1 onion, no kielbasa, and omitted the hot sauce and it turned out fabulous! Even my 2 year old loved it! Thank you. I can’t wait to make it again!

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