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

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.




(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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  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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

  4. Moriah says

    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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