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Slow Cooker Black Bean and Pork Stew

Black beans lend this savory, hearty stew a spooky appearance and the mild heat of smoked andouille
sausage will warm chilly trick-or-treaters and their parents. This is made in a 5‚Äì6 quart slow cooker. 


Slow Cooker Black Bean and Pork Stew



Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

310 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 4 ounces pancetta (diced)
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder (trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 pork or chicken andouille sausage links (halved lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 2 cans black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup cooked white rice (optional)
  • 1/4 cup queso blanco
  • 2 plum tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Place the pancetta in a medium skillet over medium-high heat, and cook about 4 minutes until it begins to brown. Add the onions and garlic and cook for another minute until the onion begins to soften. Transfer the pancetta mixture to the slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle the pork with the salt and pepper, add to the skillet, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side, until the cubes are golden brown all over. Transfer the pork to the slow cooker, then add the sausage, black beans, and chicken broth, stirring to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 8 hours, until the pork and beans are tender. Gently break up the pork pieces with a wooden spoon or shred with 2 forks. Serve alone or over rice, garnished with queso blanco, tomato, and cilantro.



Nutrition Serving Size
per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
38 grams
44 grams
43 grams
Saturated Fat
15 grams
136 milligrams
867 milligrams
11 grams
2 grams
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1 comment

  • Author's avatar image

    Is the sausage supposed to be fully cooked before putting it in the slow cooker, or am I putting it in raw?

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