Soft Pork Tacos with Spicy Black Beans

The Good News Black beans are rich in cholesterol-lowering fiber and loaded with protein, as is pork tenderloin, a very lean cut. Chef Nichole Birdsall uses chiles from her garden to give the beans a spicy kick.


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  • Servings: 4
  • Time(Other): plus overnight soaking

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  • 1 1/2 cups dried black beans (10 1/2 ounces), soaked overnight in cold water and drained
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1 medium tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 head of garlic, cloves peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 habanero chile, seeded and minced
  • 1 large serrano chile, seeded and minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • One 1-pound pork loin roast, trimmed of excess fat
  • Warm corn tortillas and salsa, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large saucepan, cover the beans with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

  2. In a medium skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the onion, garlic and jalapeño and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 7 minutes. Add to the beans, along with the tomato, oregano and enough water to cover. Season with salt and pepper and simmer until the beans are tender, about 2 hours longer, replenishing the water if necessary.

  3. Preheat the oven to 300°. In a small enameled cast-iron casserole, combine the broth with the garlic, onion, habanero and serrano chiles, bay leaf, cumin and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Season the pork loin with salt and pepper and add it to the casserole. Cover with foil and bake for about 1 hour, turning the pork once, until tender. Transfer the pork to a plate and cover with plastic wrap until cool enough to handle.

  4. Remove the bay leaf. Shred the pork into strips and stir into the broth. Season with salt. Fill the tortillas with pork and serve with the black beans and salsa.


One Serving 500 cal, 10 gm fat, 2.5 gm sat fat, 61 gm carb, 19.5 gm fiber.

Contributed By Photo © Marcus Nilsson Published April 2007

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