Crema de Frisoles con Chorizo (Red Bean Soup with Chorizo)

by Erica Dinho on May 19, 2010

Crema de Frisoles

This is a quick version of the traditional Crema de Frisoles. In Colombia we usually cook bean soup from scratch, but sometimes I crave soups and I don’t have time to cook the beans for a long time. This is when I break out my canned beans!

This red bean soup takes literally 25 minutes to prepare and cook. I added chorizo, but you can be creative and add bacon, ham or another kind of meat. For a vegetarian version just use some corn instead, which also makes for a nice garnish.


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(4 servings)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 diced large potato
  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans of red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 5 cups chicken, beef or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • Cook chorizo or bacon for garnish
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium pot, over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic, scallion, potatoes, carrots and cumin. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes or until they are golden brown, stirring often.
  2. Add the chicken, beef or vegetable stock, beans, tomato paste and stir. Reduce the heat to medium-low an continue cooking for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.Transfer the soup to a blender, or use an immersion blender, and puree the soup until smooth.
  3. Return the soup to the pot. Cook for about 2 minutes and season to taste.
  4. Laddle in bowls and add chorizo and cilantro for garnish. Serve warm.
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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Faith May 19, 2010 at 5:21 PM

This soup looks so hearty and filling. I love creamy bean soups!


2 Lisa May 19, 2010 at 5:23 PM

This looks gorgeous. Then again, a slice of chorizo is always a good thing.


3 Chef E May 19, 2010 at 6:22 PM

What a beautiful bowl of soup! Reminds me of this Portuguese place with their Kale soup and chorizo on top, ummm girl you make me hungry. At least I had avocado and corn tortilla with beans and rice today. No meat until tomorrow…kind of on a diet, which I do not like calling it that, just healthy eating!


4 Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog May 19, 2010 at 6:53 PM

You named chorizo; every savory dish is lightened up with it! Delicious creamy soup :)




5 Joy May 19, 2010 at 9:04 PM

What a great meal of a soup! Yum!


6 Anh May 19, 2010 at 9:09 PM

My kind of soup. I don’t always have chorizo on hands, but my spicy meatballs would be nice to top this up. :)


7 5 Star Foodie May 19, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Mmm… how wonderful with chorizo! Must make it for my daughter, she would so love this soup!


8 KennyT May 19, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Nice soup! I’m gonna try this one. Thanks Erica.


9 grace May 20, 2010 at 5:00 AM

sausage and beans–you can’t get much more pleasing than that!


10 Joanne May 20, 2010 at 7:27 AM

This soup looks incredibly creamy! I would love to slurp up a whole bowl of it.


11 Oysterculture May 20, 2010 at 8:19 AM

I’m with Gera, you are now making me really hungry for chorizo and this soup just sounds amazing.


12 Kim May 20, 2010 at 8:39 AM

I love it Erica! A creamy bean soup thickened with potato sounds so good to me right now. I just went into the pantry and found a can of red beans. I think I’m going to make a half a batch of this. Love that sliced chorizo on top!


13 norma May 20, 2010 at 9:09 AM

I like creamy soups and this one topped with the chorizo makes it more savory


14 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen May 20, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Ohhhh, this looks great!


15 ruth May 20, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Keep the chorizo! Looks lovely and crispy!!! So loving all these chorizo recipes! Sounds like a really hearty soup!


16 Mary May 20, 2010 at 1:56 PM

This really does look delicious and it certainly is easy enough to make. I think you have a winner on your hands. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary


17 Erica May 20, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Thank you guys :) Glad you are liking my soup!


18 Baking is my Zen May 20, 2010 at 9:38 PM

I really like this. Printing now! :)


19 Moriah August 2, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Thanks for the receipes. I”m taking classes in Spanish Language and one of the assingments was to learn about a spanish speaking country and prepare an authentic dish. Your blog has helped me greatly with my homework and the food taste great!!!!!!


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