Pork & Poblano Skillet with Creamy Slow Cooker Beans

Chile warmth for chilly nights – but with poblanos, not too spicy hot! This recipe combines quick-cooked pork with a succulent sauce that's warmed (just warmed, not heated) with a little roasted poblano. I like to serve it with beans cooked from scratch in the slow cooker.

Pork & Poblano Skillet, another Quick Supper ♥ KitchenParade.com, pork braised with roasted poblano pepper. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. High Protein.

Real Food, Hearty & Filling. Year-Round Kitchen Staple. Budget Friendly. Easy Weeknight Supper. One-Pot Meal. Low Carb. Low Fat. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.


Pick a Peck of Poblano Peppers

For years, I peeked at the pepper piles in the produce section, sure that even proximity was "too hot" for comfort. Slowly if unsurely, I experimented with one chile pepper then another.

So far, my favorite chile pepper is the dusky-dark poblano, whose green skin is almost black, whose roasted flesh warms not burns. In Pork & Poblano Skillet, just one adds a seductive smoky sweetness.

Pork & Poblano Skillet ♥ KitchenParade.com, a quick supper recipe, pork braised with roasted poblano pepper.


Hands-on time: 25 minutes
Time to table: 45 minutes
Serves 4
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin or boneless pork loin, cubed small
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire (don’t skip)
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • Roasted Poblano
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro

ROAST THE POBLANO Slice the poblano in half vertically; remove the core, membrane and seeds. Flatten the halves skin-side up on foil (see TIPS) on a baking sheet. Place under the broiler until the skins blister and blacken. Remove the baking sheet from the broiler, fold the foil over the pepper to form a tight packet; let rest for 5 minutes. Rub the skins, they should easily pull away from the poblano flesh; it's okay to leave some small bits on the skins but discard the rest of the skins. Slice the remaining flesh into strips.

MOVE TO THE STOVETOP Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet, heat the oil on medium high until shimmery. Add the pork and a bit of salt, and cook until the meat is browned, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Lift the browned (but not fully cooked) meat out of the skillet onto a plate, leaving the liquid in the skillet behind. Keep the meat warm (see TIPS).

Add the onions and garlic, cook just until beginning to brown, adding water and Worcestershire when the skillet begins to dry. Stir in the tomato and roasted poblano. Adjust the heat to maintain a simmer and let the mixture cook down a bit, about 5 minutes. Return the meat to the skillet and cook for about 15-20 minutes until the sauce darkens and thickens. Add the cilantro in the last 5 minutes. Taste and adjust for salt.

SERVE Serve with Creamy Slow-Cooker Beans or cooked rice with a dollop of sour cream or guacamole on the side.

ALANNA's TIPS Poblano peppers are relatively mild chiles. Still, if chiles are new to your family, start gingerly, as if working with, well, hot peppers. Chile heat resides first in the membranes, next in the seeds, then in the flesh. That's why recipes usually specify to remove the membranes and seeds, leaving behind just the less-hot chile flesh. But if you like a little heat? Go ahead, keep the membranes and seeds! After handling chillis, be sure wash your hands well before touching anything else, especially your skin or eyes, even a pet. If you don't, the oils will transfer from your hands to anything you touch, it can be pretty uncomfortable for a few minutes. Use enough foil so that after roasting, the peppers can be fully encased. If the oven’s still warm from broiling, keep the meat warm there.
NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Serving: 198 Calories; 5g Tot Fat; 1g Sat Fat; 11g Carb; 2g Fiber; 298mg Sodium; 73mg Cholesterol; 25g Protein WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 4 & PointsPlus 5 & SmartPoints 4 & Freestyle 3 & myWW green 3 & blue 3 & purple 3

Adapted from a favorite new cookbook, Mexican Everyday (affiliate link) by Rick Bayless. Authentic Mexican ingredients are increasingly easy to find and worth seeking out!

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  1. mmmmm...this sounds great! I love black beans!

  2. Anonymous2/22/2008

    Thanks for this recipe, which looks great, but also for the fact that you've included the slow cooker bean recipe. I have a bunch of lovely dried beans from Seed Savers that I really need to use, and I get so lazy about actually cooking them up -- this method sounds ideal.

  3. Anonymous2/27/2008

    Alanna, This sounds like a great recipe for these cold winter days!

  4. Yikes this sounds good! I love cooking with Pork tenderloin. I might try a chipotle pepper instead. Those beans look incredible as well, I'll have to give them a try. Thanks!

    - The Peanut Butter Boy

  5. Anonymous8/20/2009

    Thanks so much for this yummy recipe - being from Arizona, we love anything with peppers or beans! Can't wait to try it.

  6. How many points for the beans?

  7. Stella ~ Thanks for the prompt, I've added that information to the recipe.


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