Colombian Red Beans - Frijoles Colombianos Recipe

red kidney beans
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  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4-6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
552 Calories
3g Fat
99g Carbs
35g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 4-6
Amount per serving
Calories 552
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 486mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 99g 36%
Dietary Fiber 29g 105%
Protein 35g
Calcium 279mg 21%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Even though this is a shortcut version of a traditional Colombian side dish, these red beans are amazingly good. They are so tasty, they can stand on their own as a main dish. Red beans prepared this way (with tomatoes, green onions, and some pork or bacon) are also an important component of the classic Colombian dish bandeja paisa.


  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 bunch of scallions, white and green parts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 large (32 ounce) can of red kidney beans
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 3 tablespoons roughly chopped cilantro

Steps to Make It

  1. Sauté the bacon until crispy. Remove bacon and reserve for another use, but leave the bacon drippings in the pan.

  2. Add the chopped tomatoes, chopped scallions, and cumin to the pan. Sauté them in the bacon fat until they are soft, about 5 to 8 minutes.

  3. Add the beans (including liquid) to the pan, sugar, water, and the chicken bouillon. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes more, until most of the water has evaporated and the beans have thickened.

  4. Remove from heat and stir in the chopped cilantro. Serve with rice.