• 1 pound boneless country-style pork ribs, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 pound fully cooked smoked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 10-oz can diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1 cup beer, or water at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • To taste salt and pepper

Place all ingredients in 4-quart slow cooker; mix gently. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 8-10 hours until pork is tender. 

Serves 6

This hearty southwestern stew is chunky with pork, sausage, and beans. Serve from the slow cooker directly over hot cooked rice, with cornbread or with corn tortillas, and accompany with celery and carrot sticks. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro, if desired.

Calories: 366 calories

Protein: 28 grams

Fat: 19 grams

Sodium: 1341 milligrams

Cholesterol: 71 milligrams

Saturated Fat: 6 grams

Carbohydrates: 24 grams

Fiber: 7 grams