Cooking black beans in a slow cooker with a ham hock gives them a wonderful smoky flavor. Don't forget to soak your beans overnight for the creamiest, most luscious results. Serve over brown rice with lemon-curry collard greens for an easy healthy dinner that's super-satisfying.

Liana Krissoff
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September 2019


Ingredient Checklist
Lemon-Curry Collard Greens


Instructions Checklist
  • Drain beans and transfer to a 4- to 7-quart slow cooker. Add ham hock, onion, garlic, bay leaves, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, cumin and pepper. Add 4 cups water and cover. Cook on Low for 8 hours or High for 5 hours.

  • To prepare collard greens: About 25 minutes before serving, whisk coconut milk, 1/4 cup water, curry powder, salt and turmeric in a large pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add collard greens, stirring to coat with the coconut milk mixture. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the collards are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in lemon juice.

  • To finish the beans: Discard the bay leaves. Using tongs, transfer the ham hock to a bowl. If you would prefer a thicker consistency, discard a ladleful or two of the cooking liquid. Use a potato masher to crush some of the beans against the side of the pot. (Alternatively, use an immersion blender to puree some of the beans and thicken the stew.)

  • Shred the meat from the ham hock (discard the bones, skin and fat). Return the shredded meat to the beans. Serve with orange wedges and the collard greens.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Equipment: 4- to 7-qt. slow cooker

Nutrition Facts

335.9 calories; protein 17g 34% DV; carbohydrates 42.5g 14% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 16.9g 67% DV; sugars 2.9g; fat 13.1g 20% DV; saturated fat 10.4g 52% DV; cholesterol 2.6mg 1% DV; vitamin a iu 4565IU 91% DV; vitamin c 43.1mg 72% DV; folate 331.9mcg 83% DV; calcium 276mg 28% DV; iron 5.3mg 29% DV; magnesium 148.8mg 53% DV; potassium 848.3mg 24% DV; sodium 671.2mg 27% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
This was amazing. Not sure how the earlier reviewer got no flavor-- maybe not a large enough ham hock? Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Made this recipe according to directions but it didn't really have much flavor. Won't make again. Read More