I really hate being the poor reviewer here, but.... Neither my hubby or I liked this - AT ALL. For my DH, this was too beany (but he isn't a fan of beans anyways). Oddly, I thought the same thing (on the contrary, I LOVE beans). The ratio of beans / pork was terribly off. This was nothing more than black bean soup with a bit of pork. I even "doctored" this up a bit by adding a bottle of Corona lite and a 4 oz. can of diced green chilies as ValleyGirl mentioned she sometimes does. I used premium salsa too. I just don't know what all the rave reviews are about (?). Even with fresh cilantro garnish, this was quite mediocre. I must say, for ease of preparation and cost of ingredients, this is deserving of 5 stars, but tastewise, I can't give more than 3 (and really shouldn't...). I enjoyed the southwest salad (Dole blend) and black bean & salsa bread (purchased from my grocer's bakery) MUCH more than the main course and would have been VERY hungry without both. Sorry ValleyGirl. I'm not sure how your Aunt won first place with this recipe, but I'm happy for her nonetheless. :)
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I really hate being the poor reviewer here, but.... Neither my hubby or I liked this - AT ALL....