Smoky Slow-Cooker Black Beans with Collard Greens

Smoky Slow-Cooker Black Beans with Collard Greens

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From: EatingWell Magazine, September 2019

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.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 1 pound dried black beans, soaked overnight
  • 1 large smoked ham hock (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 small onion, cut into thick wedges
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 large orange, cut into wedges
  • Lemon-Curry Collard Greens
  • 1 (15 ounce) can coconut milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1½ teaspoons Madras curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 20 cups chopped collard greens (from 2 large bunches)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Prep

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  1. Drain beans and transfer to a 4- to 7-quart slow cooker. Add ham hock, onion, garlic, bay leaves, 1½ teaspoons salt, cumin and pepper. Add 4 cups water and cover. Cook on Low for 8 hours or High for 5 hours.
  2. To prepare collard greens: About 25 minutes before serving, whisk coconut milk, ¼ 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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 information

  • Serving size: 1 cup beans & ⅔ cup collards
  • Per serving: 336 calories; 13 g fat(10 g sat); 17 g fiber; 42 g carbohydrates; 17 g protein; 332 mcg folate; 3 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 4,565 IU vitamin A; 43 mg vitamin C; 276 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 671 mg sodium; 848 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (91% daily value), Folate (83% dv), Vitamin C (72% dv), Calcium (28% dv), Iron (28% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 2 fat, 2 starch, 1½ lean protein, 1 vegetable

Reviews 1

September 25, 2019
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By: Adriana
This was amazing. Not sure how the earlier reviewer got no flavor-- maybe not a large enough ham hock?
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