The first day of spring is tomorrow. The day when the birds begin to wake us every morning with their song, the flowers begin to push through the soil, grass begins to green, and we get to go outside without bundling up under layers.
Oh, right. I live in Michigan.
We never quite know when spring will make its appearance, last year was unseasonably warm (think 80’s) and this year we’re under a layer of snow. So it’s probably safe to say that it’ll be soup weather for some time.
Good thing we love soup at our house, it’s oh so warming and nourishing. And this one also gives our family a break from the usual chicken soup.
- 1 pound dried black beans (or 3 cups cooked beans)
- 2 bone-in center-cut pork chops
- 4-6 slices of bacon
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2-4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, chopped. (this is about the only canned item I ever buy as I can not find a similar taste elsewhere)
- 2 cups diced tomatoes (or one can)
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1 red or yellow pepper, diced
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 6 cups of water
- Soak beans overnight for best nutrient absorption.
- Melt the butter (or oil) in a 6 quart pot and saute onions and peppers until soft.
- Add all the ingredients, except the bacon, and allow to simmer on low for about two hours. (This can also be done in the crockpot on low for about 5 hours.)
- When the beans are soft and the pork is falling apart so that you can shred it, fry up the bacon and stir in.
- Remove the bones, shred the pork, and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Top with tomato and/or green onion.