Chef Jorge Guzman’s Yucatecan-influenced black beans with pork get an extra depth of flavor from charred onion and garlic as well as dried epazote, a Mexican herb with notes of camphor, mint, and citrus. Slideshow: More Pork Shoulder Recipes 

February 2018


Credit: Christopher Testani

Recipe Summary

3 hrs 35 mins
1 hr 20 mins
4 to 6


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  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add onion halves, cut side down, and habaneros. Cook, turning occasionally, until charred all over, about 10 minutes. Transfer onions and habaneros to a plate, and let cool slightly. Core and thinly slice 2 of the charred onion halves. Mince enough of the thinly sliced onion to equal 1/4 cup minced onion. Place sliced onion and minced onion in separate small bowls.

  • Roughly chop remaining charred onion half, 1 habanero, and 6 tomatoes, and place in a blender. Add cilantro leaves and stems, olive oil, and smashed garlic cloves, and puree until smooth. Season with salt. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

  • Finely chop remaining 3 charred habaneros and remaining tomato, and scrape into a medium bowl. Stir in minced charred onion, chopped cilantro, orange juice, and lime juice. Season with salt. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

  • Season pork generously with salt and pepper. Heat lard in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot. Add pork and cook over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until browned all over, about 10 minutes. Transfer pork to a plate.

  • Add thinly sliced charred onion and thinly sliced garlic to pot, and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Return pork and any accumulated juices to pot, and add 10 cups water, beans, and epazote. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, partially covered, until pork and beans are very tender, about 2 hours. Season with salt, and let stand 15 minutes.

  • Using a slotted spoon, remove pork and beans from the broth to a platter. Using two forks, shred pork. Serve with salsas, radish, avocado, chopped onion, cilantro leaves, lime wedges, rice, and tortillas.