Canary Bean Soup (Sopa de Frijoles Canarios)

by Erica Dinho on September 28, 2009

Frijoles CanariosI had a great time with my sister the past couple of weeks. She left yesterday and now I am getting back to my normal routine. She is a great sister and friend to me. I will miss her and look forward to seeing her again soon.

My mother always made a bean soup in Colombia called Green Bean Soup. The type of beans she used however, are not the type of green beans available in the USA. I tried to find the beans here for the longest time but I couldn’t find them anywhere.

While grocery shopping with my sister, I noticed some canary beans. I showed them to her and she thought that they looked pretty similar to the ones our mom would use in her Green Bean Soup, just not green :) So, I bought some and made the soup. Since I haven’t had Colombian green beans in a while and therefore may not recall the flavor, I wanted my sister to try the soup, as she recently lived in Colombia. I was so happy when I heard her say, “Yes, they are the same”. Well, actually she said “Si, son los mismos”. Anyway, I made the soup the same way my mom used to make it and it was fantastic!



(6-8 Servings)

  • 1 pound canary beans soaked overnight
  • 2 pounds pork ribs, cut into pieces
  • 14 cups water
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • ½ tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • ½ tablespoon sazon Goya with azafran
  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 chicken bouillon tablet
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro


  1. Pick through the beans and discard any debris. In a food processor, add garlic, onion, red bell pepper, green pepper and scallion.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, add the beans, water, processed vegetables, chicken bouillon, carrots and pork ribs. Slightly cover and simmer for 1 ½ hour.
  3. Add the ground cumin, sazon Goya, cilantro and potatoes. Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes more or until the beans are tender.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with white rice and hogao on the side.
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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarah Naveen September 28, 2009 at 8:01 AM

Soup looks so comforting!!! nice click..
I really miss my MOM’s food…i know their food has a magical taste


2 Taste Traveller September 28, 2009 at 8:21 AM

It’s nice to have family visit & this way she even left something behind. What a lovely visit this must have been!


3 Erica September 28, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Thank you everyone for reading my post :)


4 rebecca subbiah September 28, 2009 at 2:14 PM

sorry your sis left so happy you both had fun together this soup looks amazing as ever your a star


5 Danielle September 28, 2009 at 3:27 PM

this sounds like a most delish soup for a cold fall afternoon.


6 Sandra g September 28, 2009 at 3:39 PM

I use canary beans a lot for Peruvian cooking, glad I found another recipe for them, it looks absolutely yummy!


7 catalina September 28, 2009 at 4:57 PM



8 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie September 28, 2009 at 9:57 PM

Sounds like you had a nice time with your sister! The soup sounds wonderful. I’m not sure I’ve ever had canary beans, will look for them.


9 Erica September 28, 2009 at 9:59 PM

Thank you all for the comments!


10 Sophie September 29, 2009 at 3:34 AM

It sounds that you & your sister had a great time together!!

Those are Happy times!! Your soup looks fab!! Yum!


11 Kim September 29, 2009 at 7:03 AM

Isn’t it nice when you find an ingredient that you’ve been looking for? That soup looks delicious, especially with pork ribs – yum!


12 Felisha October 2, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Made this a few days ago, very good :) I had to use pinto beans, and I used canned beans. It def. had an amazing flavor the next day and even the day after. It was a nice fall soup :)


13 Erica October 2, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Hi Felisha,
Thank you for your feedback!


14 Oysterculture October 4, 2009 at 9:19 AM

The timing of this post is wonderful – I came back from my trip to find so many bags of green beans in my fridge that I did not know where to start.


15 Erica October 4, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments:)


16 Gerardo November 10, 2009 at 2:30 PM

So far every thing I’ve tried on here has worked out GREAT! So THANK YOU very much for helping me bring back some good memories from my childhood!


17 Erica November 10, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Gerardo- Thank you so much for your feedback! I really appreciate it.Glad you liked my recipes :)


18 Kitty March 31, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Substitute ‘White Kidney Beans’? Size may be similar but color and texture probably not nearly the same. I’ll check for Mayocoba/canary beans next time I go to the Placita Market in town. I’m sure this recipe will be very tasty like all of your recipes. Thanks


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