Pork, beans and chili with coconut milk sauce

Pork, beans and chili with coconut milk sauce

The pork and beans combination is good with tomato sauce but tomato sauce isn’t the only sauce the combo is good with. Pork and beans are good with coconut milk too especially if you add chilies and ginger. Beans, like meat, are rich in protein and they are filling too. In effect, you eat less meat but you don’t ingest less protein.

I cooked this dish partially in the slow-cooker. You can use any thick-bottomed pot but I have to warn you that dry beans take a long time to cook. You can use canned but it won’t be the same as slow cooking the beans and pork (with some bones) together so that the beans soak up all the meaty flavor. »

Chili pork adobo with coconut cream

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