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Slow-Cooker Braised Beef, Pork and Black Beans

Slow-Cooker Braised Beef, Pork and Black Beans
  • Prep 50 min
  • Total 8 hr 50 min
  • Servings 10

Brazilian Feijoada is the inspiration for this satisfying slow-cooker meal. Inexpensive cuts of beef and pork are combined with earthy black beans and cooked until perfectly tender. Sautéed greens, white rice and orange segments make this dish a memorable meal. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

Beef, Pork and Beans

1
lb dried black beans (2 cups), sorted, rinsed
4
slices bacon, diced
1
lb boneless pork shoulder or butt, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2
lb boneless beef chuck, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1
large onion, chopped
4
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/4
cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz box)
1
smoked ham hock (about 1 lb)
1
tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Collard Greens

2
bunches collard greens (about 2 lb)
2
tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper

Accompaniments

5
cups cooked white rice
3
oranges

Steps

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  • 1
    Soak beans in cold water 8 hours or overnight.
  • 2
    Spray 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  • 3
    Heat 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add bacon; cook until crispy and brown. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to slow cooker. Season pork shoulder with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Increase heat to medium-high. Cook pork in bacon drippings 3 minutes on each side or until well browned. Transfer pork to slow cooker.
  • 4
    Season chuck evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add to skillet; cook about 3 minutes on each side or until well browned. Place in slow cooker. Reduce heat of skillet to medium; add onions to skillet. Cook about 4 minutes or until softened. Add 4 cloves garlic; cook 1 minute. Transfer to slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  • 5
    Drain beans; add beans, broth and ham hock to slow cooker. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 8 hours or until beans and meat are tender.
  • 6
    Remove ham hock; let cool enough to handle. Remove meat from hock; shred into small pieces, and return to slow cooker. Stir in vinegar.
  • 7
    Meanwhile, cut away tough stalks and stems from collard greens. Wash collards thoroughly. Stack up several leaves, and roll up lengthwise in a bundle; cut them into 1-inch strips. Repeat until all leaves are shredded.
  • 8
    In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add 4 cloves garlic; cook about 2 minutes or until starting to brown. Add the greens; toss well with oil and garlic. Cook 2 to 4 minutes or until wilted. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  • 9
    Serve beef, pork and beans over white rice with collard greens and orange segments.

Expert Tips

  • Kale greens make a nice substitute for the collard greens in this recipe.
  • Orange segments give this dish a bright, fresh flavor. If you don’t want to take the time to segment the oranges, you can also just cut them into wedges and serve alongside.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
530
Calories from Fat
210
% Daily Value
Total Fat
23g
36%
Saturated Fat
8g
38%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
110mg
37%
Sodium
810mg
34%
Potassium
980mg
28%
Total Carbohydrate
33g
11%
Dietary Fiber
13g
53%
Sugars
2g
Protein
46g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
90%
90%
Vitamin C
30%
30%
Calcium
25%
25%
Iron
25%
25%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 3 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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