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Brazilian Black Bean Stew

Makes: 8 servings
Prep 1 hr 30 mins Slow Cook 8 hrs to 10 hrs  (low) or 4 to 5 hours (high)
Brazilian Black Bean Stew
Ingredients
  • 12  ounces  dried black beans
  • 8  cups  water
  • 2  large  smoked ham hocks
  • 4  cups  reduced-chicken broth
  • 1 1/2  cups  chopped onions (3 medium)
  • 3  fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced*
  • 4  cloves  garlic, minced
  • 1  tablespoon  finely shredded orange peel
  • 1/2  cup  orange juice
  • 1/2  cup  dry sherry
  • 1/4  cup  snipped fresh cilantro
  •  Hot cooked rice (optional)
Directions

1. Rinse beans. In a large saucepan combine beans and the water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. (Or place beans in water in saucepan. Cover and let soak in a cool place overnight.) Drain and rinse beans. Place beans in a 4-quart slow cooker.

2. To slow cooker add ham hocks, broth, onions, jalapeno peppers, garlic, orange peel, orange juice, and sherry.

3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Transfer ham hocks to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, use two forks to pull ham away from bones into shreds. Discard bones; return shredded ham to slow cooker. Stir in cilantro.

4. If desired, serve stew over hot cooked rice.

From the Test Kitchen*
  • Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.
Nutrition Facts (Brazilian Black Bean Stew)
  • Servings Per Recipe 8,
  • cal. (kcal) 253,
  • Fat, total (g) 5,
  • chol. (mg) 19,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 34,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 7,
  • sugar (g) 5,
  • pro. (g) 16,
  • vit. A (IU) 243,
  • vit. C (mg) 16,
  • Thiamin (mg) 1,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 3,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 206,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 333,
  • Potassium (mg) 808,
  • calcium (mg) 71,
  • iron (mg) 3,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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