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Pork and Pinto Beans

"I first tasted this dish at an office potluck, and now I serve it often when company comes," says Darlene Brenden, a Salem, Oregon field editor. "I set out an array of toppings and let everyone fix their own taco salad."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + standing Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 pound dried pinto beans
  • 1 boneless pork loin roast (3 to 4 pounds), halved
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 5 medium carrots, chopped
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Dash pepper
  • 2 packages (10-1/2 ounces each) corn tortilla chips or 30 flour tortillas (10 inches)
  • Chopped green onions, sliced ripe olives, chopped tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and/or shredded lettuce


  • Sort beans and rinse with cold water. Place beans in a Dutch oven; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 to 4 hours or until beans are softened.
  • Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Place roast in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a bowl, combine the beans, tomatoes, carrots, celery, water, chilies, chili powder, garlic, cumin, oregano and pepper. Pour over roast. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours. Reduce heat to low; cook 5 hours longer or until beans are tender.
  • Remove meat, shred with two forks and return to slow cooker. With a slotted spoon, serve meat mixture over corn chips or in tortillas; serve with toppings of your choice.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 1000 calories, 19g fat (5g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 1383mg sodium, 131g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 32g fiber), 55g protein.

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  • jkcoach98
    Jun 29, 2018

    The recipe is definitely in need of some spices. So disappointed in this. I wish I had read the reviews before making it.

    Jun 11, 2013

    I was looking forward to making this for my family. Unfortunately, this recipe was very disappointing. It needed a serious flavor boost, including salt. I recommend that water be replaced with salsa. Add some salt, too.

  • andij68
    Jan 5, 2010

    I lightly salted the roast and added 1 small chopped onion to the mix for flavor. I also cut down the carrots and celery. flavor was good. We put on lettuce and ate with tortlla chips like the picture. No one raved about it, but the kids ate it. Next time I would use less chili powder and more cumin.

  • AMWmomofsix
    Oct 16, 2009

    My family liked this dish. I used it inside of chimichangas topped with fresh salsa, sour cream, and guacamole and it tasted very good.

  • sarahjc1978
    Aug 8, 2009

    This is taste-less it needs salt. I ended up throwing this away.

  • jeanemed
    Aug 1, 2007

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