Cuban Pork Shoulder with Beans and Rice

Cuban Pork Shoulder with Beans and Rice Recipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr


You don't have to presoak the beans for this hearty dinner--they go straight into the cooker and end up perfectly tender 8 hours later. Since you blend up a whole orange, peel and all, you should look for Florida oranges, which have thinner skins than the thick-peeled fruits from California.


Serves 8
Total time: 8 Hours, 45 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 45 Minutes
Total: 8 Hours, 45 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 510
Fat 12.8 g
Satfat 4.1 g
Monofat 5.3 g
Polyfat 2.1 g
Protein 34.3 g
Carbohydrate 62.2 g
Fiber 7 g
Cholesterol 64 mg
Iron 4.9 mg
Sodium 655 mg
Calcium 66 mg


2 3/4 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
1 cup fresh orange juice (about 4 oranges)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro stems
1 medium orange, quartered
1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
4 center-cut bacon slices, chopped
1 (2 1/2-pound) bone-in pork shoulder, trimmed
1 pound dried black beans
2 1/4 cups chopped onion, divided
10 garlic cloves, crushed and divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano, divided
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 cups chopped tomato
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
2 2/3 cups hot cooked white rice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Stir in 3/4 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon black pepper.

2. Place bacon in a large skillet over medium heat; cook 5 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon. Place bacon in a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Sprinkle pork with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add pork to drippings in skillet; cook 8 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Add pork shoulder to slow cooker. Pour uncooked beans around pork.

3. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add 2 cups onion and 6 garlic cloves; sauté 3 minutes. Add 3 tablespoons oregano, paprika, cumin, and crushed red pepper to pan; sauté 1 minute. Add orange mixture and bay leaf to pan; bring to a boil and cook 1 minute, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Pour onion mixture over pork. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or until pork is very tender and beans are done. Shred pork; discard bones. Discard bay leaf. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt.

4. Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, remaining 1/4 cup onion, tomato, and jalapeño pepper in a bowl. Chop remaining 4 garlic cloves; stir into tomato mixture. Spoon 1/3 cup rice onto each of 8 plates; top each serving with 1/2 cup bean mixture, about 3 ounces pork, and 3 1/2 tablespoons salsa. Garnish with remaining 1 tablespoon oregano and 1/4 cup cilantro.