Colombian Red Beans - Frijoles Colombianos

red kidney beans
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  • 35 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4-6
Ratings (5)

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.

What You'll Need

  • 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

How 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.
  1. Remove from heat and stir in the chopped cilantro. Serve with rice.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 552
Total Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 3 mg
Sodium 486 mg
Carbohydrates 99 g
Dietary Fiber 29 g
Protein 35 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)