Buñuelos de Fríjol de Cabecita Negra (Black-eyed Pea Fritters)

by Erica Dinho on November 30, 2012

Buñuelos de Fríjol de Cabecita Negra (Black-eyed Pea Fritters)
Buñuelos de Fríjol de Cabecita Negra (Black-eyed Pea Fritters)

I love beans, and luckily for me, Colombian cuisine is filled with great tasting bean dishes. One of my favorites is a simple fritter made with black eyed peas. It’s not fancy, but it’s really good!

When the dough balls hit the oil, they puff up a little. The inside becomes light and airy whereas the outside forms a crispy crust. They make a wonderful appetizer or snack for everyone, including vegetarians. I like to serve mine with salsa rosada (pink sauce) on the side.

Buñuelos de Fríjol de Cabecita Negra are a traditional dish from the Atlantic Coast of Colombia. Black-eyed peas, or Frijoles de Cabecita Negra, as they are called in Colombia, are an important ingredient in the Atlantic coast cuisine. There are many dishes native to this region of Colombia that use this type of bean. Arroz con Fríjol de Cabecita Negra(Black-eyed Pea Rice), Sopa de Fríjol de Cabecita Negra(Black-eyed Pea Soup) and these Buñuelos de Fríjol de Cabecita Negra(Black-eyed Pea Fritters), are just some of the more popular dishes from the Atlantic coast region of Colombia.

Buen provecho!

Buñuelos de Fríjol de Cabecita Negra (Black-eyed Pea Fritters)



(About 12 fritters)

  • 1 1/2 cups black-eyed peas, soaked in water overnight
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper, to your taste
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Vegetable or canola oil for frying

Buñuelos de Fríjol de Cabecita Negra (Black-eyed Pea Fritters)


  1. Drain and rinse the black-eyed peas. Place in the food processor and process for 30 seconds. (This will help the bean separate from the husks).
  2. Buñuelos de Fríjol de Cabecita Negra (Black-eyed Pea Fritters)

  3. Place the crushed beans in a bowl with water and mix well. Drain and take off all the husk and discard. Save the white beans and set aside.
  4. Buñuelos de Fríjol de Cabecita Negra (Black-eyed Pea Fritters)

  5. Return the peeled beans to a clean food processor and add the eggs, cornstarch, salt, pepper, sugar and garlic powder. Process until paste is formed.
  6. Buñuelos de Fríjol de Cabecita Negra (Black-eyed Pea Fritters)

  7. In a frying pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat to 350º. Drop bean batter very gently into oil by the tablespoonful, 5-6 at a time, being careful not to overfill the pan. Turn the fritters with a slotted spoon until they are puffed up and golden, about 1-2 minutes. Remove fritters from oil and drain on paper towels. Serve with lime and salsa rosada(pink sauce) on the side.
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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa November 30, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Beautiful! I was wondering what that pink sauce is – what a great complement!


2 Erica November 30, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Thanks, Belinda!


3 Joanne December 1, 2012 at 7:53 AM

I’m definitely going to have to give these a try! Beans in fritter form sound good to me!


4 Erica December 1, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Thanks,Joanne!They are very good!


5 Lori Lynn December 1, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Hi Erica – these fritters sound great! We love beans too, and fried with a pink sauce, heaven!


6 Erica December 2, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Thank you, Lori!


7 Chris December 5, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Those are so impressive!!!!!!!


8 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! December 9, 2012 at 6:26 AM

I like that pink sauce witht he bunuelos. Never thought of using black eyed peas


9 Katrina January 2, 2013 at 8:22 AM

I made these for brunch on New Year’s Day. Served with bacon and pineapple. They were delicious! Graciás.
I am going to try your arepa recipe, as well. My daughter loves the Goya ones from the store, but they have so much crappy stuff in them!
B well,


10 Victoria V. January 3, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Las hice tipo hamburguesa y mi novio dice que saben a pollo jajajaja, no las frei, solo vuelta y vuelta en la sarten, increible! Muchas gracias!


11 coleen November 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Is it possible to make them in the oven instead of frying?


12 Erica Dinho November 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Hi Coleen, I always fry them, but you can try bake them!


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