Spend Less, Eat Well: Slow-cooker pork with black beans

Real Simple magazine’s October issue featured a month’s worth of recipes, and I decided to try one out. The slow-cooker pork and black beans with fresh salsa caught my eye. Making food in a crock pot is very easy: you just throw in the ingredients, let it cook and eat up!

For a simple and relatively healthy meal, try this warm and delightful concoction of pork and beans.

Photo by Lauren Dixon

Photo by Lauren Dixon

What you’ll need:
1 can (15.5 oz) of black beans – $0.59
3/4 cup orange juice – $1.79
3/4 cup chicken broth – $0.59
3 cloves of garlic, chopped – $0.79
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into two pieces – $5.83
salt and pepper

Fresh salsa (tomato and onion. I chose to also add in cucumber. Throw in some hot sauce and crushed red pepper for tailor-made spice levels.)

(note: all ingredients found at Aldi)

Put the beans, broth, orange juice, garlic, cumin and oregano in a crock pot. Put salt and pepper on the pork, then put in the crock pot. Put the lid on the crock pot. Cook for about 5 hours on high heat. Shred the pork using two forks. Top with salsa or have salsa on the side.

Real Simple suggests cooking rice and serving the pork and salsa on top. I chose to put the pork and beans in a bowl and use the salsa for dipping with crackers.

By shredding the pork very finely and adding in some noodles, this recipe could easily transition into a soup. Try out your creativity in the kitchen! It’s sure to taste great either way. For an even heartier meal, add in other types of beans.

Other slow-cooker recipes can be found online via Pinterest, Food Network and many others.

Photo by Lauren Dixon

Photo by Lauren Dixon

Check in next week for another tasty recipe that is budget friendly.