Ingredients for - Santa Fe Pork and Black Bean Stew

1. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2. 2 pounds of pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
3. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
4. 1 large onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
5. 4 cloves garlic
6. 1-2 jalapeño chili peppers, less or more to taste, seeded, stems removed
7. 2 tablespoons cornmeal
8. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
9. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
10. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
11. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (less or more to taste)
12. 1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
13. 1 red bell pepper, diced, about 3/4 cup
14. 2 long 1-inch wide strips of orange zest (optional)
15. 1 cup water
16. 1 15-ounce can black beans (we recommend Bush's or S&W premium), liquid included
17. More salt to taste
18. 1 to 2 limes
19. Cilantro for garnish

How to cook deliciously - Santa Fe Pork and Black Bean Stew

1 . Stage

Sprinkle 1 teaspoon salt over the pork pieces and let sit while you prep the other ingredients.

2 . Stage

Brown the pork Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a thick-bottomed stew pot on medium high heat. Add the pork pieces to the pot and brown them on all sides.

3 . Stage

Add the onions Once the pork pieces have browned, add the chopped onions to the pot with the pork. Lower the heat to medium and cook until the onions are translucent, about 7-10 minutes more.

4 . Stage

Make garlic jalapeño spice mixture As the onions are cooking, work on the garlic spice mixture. Place the garlic and the jalapeños in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until minced. Then add the oregano, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, and cornmeal and pulse everything until ground.

5 . Stage

Add spice mixture to pork and onions Once the onions are cooked, add the spice mixture to the pork and onions.

6 . Stage

Add molasses, bell pepper, zest, cover and cook Add the molasses, bell pepper, orange zest (if using), and water to the pot. Bring it to a simmer and then reduce the heat to the lowest setting. Cover and let cook until the pork is completely tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Stir occasionally and scrape up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pot.

7 . Stage

Remove zest, add black beans When pork is tender, remove the orange zest and add the black beans to the pot and cook for 20 minutes more on low heat.

8 . Stage

Remove from heat, and stir in the lime juice. Add more salt to taste. Serve garnished with fresh cilantro. Great with warm corn tortillas. Links: Santa Fe Chicken Stew from Gonna Want Seconds