Pork and Black Bean Bowls

  • Active Time 15m
  • Total Time 25m

Serves 6

This dish comes from the novelist Jorge Lopez Paez who often serves this tasty casserole for lunch. Here the beans are served as a main course, accompanied by many different condiments that each diner can add to taste.


  • 1 1/2 pounds pork spare ribs, cut to 3/4-inch lengths
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 of an onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Juice of 2 small oranges
  • 2 cups cooked black beans plus 1 1/2 cups bean broth
  • For the Toppings:
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 7 ounces queso fresco or farmer cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 medium avocados, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh arbol chiles, jalapeno chiles, or serrano chiles
  • 3 1/2 crumbled chicarrons (pork rind)
  • 1 1/2 bacon, fried, drained, and crumbled
  • 5 cups finely shredded lettuce


Place the ribs in a pot and add water to cover. Add the salt, onion and garlic and boil over medium heat. When the ribs are soft and the water is almost completely evaporated, add the orange juice and let evaporate. Set aside but keep hot.

Reheat the beans with the broth in an earthenware casserole that they can also be served in. When heated, add the ribs.

Meanwhile, put the first 8 toppings in individual bowls. Allow each person to fill his or her bowl first with beans, meat and then with a choice of toppings.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

RecID 949

nutrition information per serving

1185 calories; 91g total fat; 187mg cholesterol; 2792mg sodium; 23g carbohydrates; 7g fiber; 69g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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