Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Tenderloin and Bean Stew - Colleen's Kitchen

Here I was thinking that spring had spring and warmer weather was finally on the way in the Pacific Northwest. Oh how mistaken I was.

Rain has been pounding the area this week, leaving me with a bit of cabin fever. Luckily, I like to play in my kitchen and a soup in the slow cooker is perfect for a dreary, wet day such as we’ve been having.

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Tenderloin and Bean Soup - Colleen's Kitchen

For this soup, I decided to use boneless pork tenderloin because it plays so well with the juxtaposition of sweet and spicy flavors. Slow cooked in the crockpot, the tenderloin becomes amazingly tender and juicy. Coupled with tiny hearty navy beans and fresh baby spinach, it’s a soup that you’ll want to make again and again.

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Tenderloin and Bean Soup - Colleen's Kitchen

I like to pair this soup with a side salad of baby spinach, pears, red onion and a light vinaigrette, along with some warm, crusty bread. I think fresh, warm baguette with a dab of butter is a pre-requisite for just about any soup. Is there anything better than sopping up the broth with a piece of fresh baked bread? Delicious!

What are you making in your kitchen today?



Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Tenderloin and Bean Soup
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 6
  • Serving size: 1½ cups
  • Calories: 249.9
  • Fat: 4.5
  • Saturated fat: 1.1
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5
  • Carbohydrates: 29.5
  • Sugar: 7.7
  • Sodium: 135.4
  • Fiber: 8.8
  • Protein: 20.9
  • Cholesterol: 163.2
Recipe type: Soup or Stew
Cuisine: Pork
Put your slow cooker to work with this sweet yet spicy soup of rich pork tenderloin and tender navy beans.
  • ½ lb. raw boneless pork tenderloin
  • 1 cup dry navy beans, cooked
  • ½ red onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp red chile pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
  • 4 cups homemade, salt free chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh sage
  • generous pinch of coarse sea salt
  • 3 oz. fresh baby spinach leaves
  1. Place pork tenderloin in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  2. Add in the cooked beans, onion, molasses, honey, worcestershire sauce, red chile pepper flakes, and garlic. Stir in the broth, salt, and sage. Cover and cook for at least 8 and up to 10 hours.
  3. Remove tenderloin from crockpot and use 2 forks to shred to a fine pulp. If desired, do a rough chop to create even smaller pieces.
  4. Mix the shredded tenderloin back into the soup. Add in the baby spinach leaves and stir well. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes then serve.
I like to use dry beans because the sodium content is so much lower and it is so much less expensive than their canned counterparts. To reconstitute or cook the dried navy beans, bring the dry beans to a boil in 4 cups of water. Continue cooking at a very gentle boil for 45-60 minutes. Drain, place in a container and cover with fresh water. Cover and refrigerate overnight.


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Colleen Fields is a food enthusiast and healthy lifestyle convert who has married these two interests to create delicious dishes that lead to long term weight loss success. As a single, working mom, Colleen struggled with her weight for years and tried every diet out there without success. When she began her weight loss journey, she realized that her cooking style needed to change. However, Colleen recognized that the only “healthy” cookbooks and television shows available focused on deprivational diets rather than behavioral changes that lead to long term weight loss success. As a result, she began experimenting and creating her own dishes. By eating smarter and moving more, Colleen took back her life and has lost over 100 pounds, going from a size 26W to a size 12, and maintains her weight today. Through her food blog,, and cookbooks Colleen hopes to share her success with others struggling with obesity and demonstrate that a healthy lifestyle is not only obtainable, but it is also sustainable. Follow Colleen on Facebook, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.

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