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Pork & Beans Yucatán
Mexico, Yucatán
  -   Sopa de Frijoles Puerco
Makes:
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7 cups  
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10+ hrs  
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This recipe is surprisingly delicious - not like regular pork and beans at all. It can be made as either a soup or a stew. The proportions given here are for stew. For soup increase the water to 6 cups or as needed.



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Black Beans
Pork (1)
Onion
Garlic
Habanero Chili (2)  
Cilantro
Oil
Water
Epazote sprig (3)
Salt
-- Garnish
Onion
Radishes, red
Cilantro
Habanero Chili (2)
Lime Juice
Prep   -   (9+ hrs - 30 min work)
  1. Place BEANS in a jar with 3-1/2 cups of water and 1/2 Tablespoon of Salt (yes, salt). Soak Overnight. Drain, rinse well and drain again.
  2. Cut PORK into pieces about 1 inch on a side, or as you prefer.
  3. Chop ONIONS fine. Crush GARLIC and chop small. Mix.
  4. Stem and seed HABANERO. Chop fine.
  5. Chop CILANTRO medium.
Run   -   (1-1/4 hrs)
  1. Place the drained Beans in a pan or pot of sufficient size for the whole recipe. Add 3 cups of Water.
  2. In a Sauté pan or skillet heat Oil. Stir in Onions and Pork. Fry stirring over high heat until all liquid exuded has evaporated and the onions threaten to take color.
  3. Stir Pork mix into Beans. Stir in Chili, Epazota, Cilantro and Salt. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer 1-1/4 hour or until Pork and Beans are tender.
  4. Serve hot with corn tortillas or rice. Place a bowl of Garnish on the table for diners to apply as they wish.
Garnish   -   (25 min - based on hand dicing)
  1. Chop ONION small. Chop RADISHES small. Chop CILANTRO medium. Stem and seed HABANERO. Chop fine. Squeeze LIME JUICE. Mix all.
NOTES:
  1. Pork:   This weight should be boneless with all excess fat removed. Leg meat works fine here.
  2. Habaneros:   One Habanero in the stew gives it a noticeable bite. One in the garnish gives it a sharp bite. Use your own best judgement. Habaneros are easy available all along the southern states of the United States, but may be scarce in the Frozen North. 2 Serranos or 2 hot Thai chilis will work as imperfect substitutes. For details see our Chili Page.
  3. Epazota:   This common weed, known as "stink weed" in most languages, is very popular with Black Beans in southern Mexico. There is no substitute and dried is pretty much worthless, so if you can't get it you just have to leave it out.
  4. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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