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Pork & Beans

A good side dish, snack dish, party dish, or entrée dish for people with sugar control problems consists of the following:

1 pound of Italian Style ground pork (mild or hot depending on taste), a large chopped onion, 6 oz tomato paste, 16 oz tomato sauce, 4 oz thinly sliced mushrooms, 22 oz black beans (drained), and a mixture of shredded Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Asadero, and Queso Quesadilla cheeses.

Saute the ground pork in a large non-stick skillet at medium heat (6 on a 10 dial) using the oil created from the port fat (do not add oil or butter) breaking the pork into little chunks until browned.

Add the chopped onion and continue cooking until soft.  Then add the tomato sauce and tomato paste stirring until evenly spread throughout the meat and onions, then add the beans continuing to stir until everything is evenly distributed.  Allow to heat until bubbling, then stir in the mushrooms and seasonings of paprika, chile powder, oregano, and cayenne pepper to spicy taste.

Turn the heat down (3 on a 10 dial) and allow to cook uncovered until very thick stirring occasionaly to prevent burning (about one or two hours).  Transfer to bowls and stir in a handful of the shredded cheese mixture in each bowl while still hot to melt the cheeses.  Serve with a bread or corn chips sturdy enough to hold the mixture.  Pinto beans may be substituted for black beans.  Serve hot. 

Do not mix in cheese before transferring to the bowls to save the leftover without cheese.  Add cheese after reheating for better flavor.  See BlackBeans for information on black beans and PintoBeans for information on pinto beans.

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