Frijoles Blancos con Cerdo (White Beans with Pork)

by Erica Dinho on May 28, 2011

White Beans with Pork

Though I’ve been complaining about the cold and rain this spring, I have to admit, sometimes I am kind of thrilled to still be able to wear my jackets and boots and cook my delicious and comforting Colombian food. These little things help me to enjoy this unexpected and nasty weather that we’ve been having this May.

Beans are an important Colombian food and we have many recipes using all types of beans. Frijoles Blancos con Cerdo y Tocineta is one of those recipes. Enjoy it!



  • 1 pound white beans, soaked overnight
  • 1/2 pound bacon, diced
  • 2 pounds pork ribs, cut into pieces
  • 12 cups water
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • ½ tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 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.
  2. In a food processor, add garlic, onion, red bell pepper, green pepper and scallion.
  3. In a large pot over medium heat, place the bacon and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add the beans, water, processed vegetables, chicken bouillon, carrots and pork ribs. Slightly cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  5. Add the ground cumin, sazon Goya, cilantro and potatoes. Simmer for 30 to 35 minutes more or until the beans are tender.
  6. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with white rice, avocado and hogao on the side.
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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Faith May 28, 2011 at 11:19 AM

I love comforting dishes like this…you’re right, it’s the perfect food for a chilly spring!


2 Mari's Cakes May 28, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Luce riquísimo Erica. Me encanta el cerdo preparado así.

Un saludo


3 Ivy May 28, 2011 at 3:28 PM

It seems that this nasty weather is everywhere. It’s been raining here every afternoon this past week with thunderstorms. The weather is hot though and humid. However, you dish sounds delicious and bookmarked for colder days.


4 Belinda @zomppa May 28, 2011 at 11:04 PM

I wish it was a bit cooler already! This dish would sure make me comfortable.


5 pierre May 29, 2011 at 6:17 AM

this is luchtime and i am now very hungry !!!!Pierre


6 Barbara May 30, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Cold days are over for us, Erica. But I’ll save this delicious recipe for next winter. It looks like great comfort food. I do love anything with beans…your recipes are always wonderful!


7 Chris May 30, 2011 at 12:07 PM

What kind of pork ribs? It looks like “country style” pork ribs in the picture but I wanted to be sure.


8 Erica May 30, 2011 at 1:08 PM



9 tasteofbeirut May 31, 2011 at 10:52 AM

I agree! That is one of the main advantages of cold weather, eating dishes like this one!


10 Ziho June 1, 2011 at 10:43 AM



11 norma June 6, 2011 at 9:08 AM

This is what I need for what has been ailing me this month. Delicioso!


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