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Brazilian Black Bean Stew


The flavors in this Brazilian Black Bean stew are amazing. Smokiness from the ham hocks, a little heat from the jalapeños and some citrus sweetness from the orange peel and juice. Serve over hot cooked rice.

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  • 12 ounces dried black beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 large smoked ham hocks
  • 4 cups reduced-chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions (3 medium)
  • 3 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded orange peel
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro
  • Hot cooked rice (optional)


Servings 8
Preparation time 90mins
Cooking time 90mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Rinse beans. In a large saucepan combine beans and the water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. (Or place beans in water in saucepan. Cover and let soak in a cool place overnight.) Drain and rinse beans. Place beans in a 4-quart slow cooker.

To slow cooker add ham hocks, broth, onions, jalapeno peppers, garlic, orange peel, orange juice, and sherry.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Transfer ham hocks to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, use two forks to pull ham away from bones into shreds. Discard bones; return shredded ham to slow cooker. Stir in cilantro.

If desired, serve stew over hot cooked rice.

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