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.