Frijoles Rojos Colombianos (Colombian-Style Red Beans)

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Frijoles Rojos Colombianos (Colombian-Style Red Beans)

Beans are one of those foods that every Colombian eats, and personally, I love beans so much that I can eat them with rice every day. They are definitely my comfort food. This Frijoles Rojos Colombianos recipe is very simple to make, and even though it takes a couple hours to cook and the beans need to soak overnight, preparing them is very easy.

Frijoles Rojos Colombianos (Colombian-Style Red Beans)

Some essential side dishes for the red beans are white rice, fried ripe plantains, and finally, your choice of fried egg, grilled beef, pork, chicken or fish.

My grandmother made the best beans, but then again, doesn’t everyone’s Colombian grandmother make the best beans? But really, Mamita’s were the best! :-) This Colombian-Style Red Beans dish reminds me of my Grandmother. Her kitchen was magical and I miss cooking in it with her terribly.

Buen provecho!

Frijoles Rojos Colombianos (Colombian-Style Red Beans)



(6-8 servings):

  • 1 pound dry red beans, soaked overnight
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 scallions, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup of diced and peeled tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon achiote powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 cups chicken, beef or vegetable broth
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro or parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Frijoles Rojos Colombianos (Colombian-Style Red Beans)


  1. Place the onions, scallions, garlic, red pepper, green pepper and tomatoes in the food processor. Process for a couple minutes. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, add the beans, water, broth, carrots and processed vegetables and carrots. Slightly cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Add the achiote powder, ground cumin, salt and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes more or until the beans are tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Frijoles Rojos Colombianos (Colombian-Style Red Beans)

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  1. says

    Hi Erica, I have not thought of cooking red beans in a savory style, this soup of yours looks delicious and the ingredients are easily available except for echiote powder which I suppose I can omit. Nice photos!

  2. Jackie says

    Hi Erica,

    Thank you for the recipe! I was just wondering what I could replace the achiote powder with as I live in Australia and I have no idea where I could get it.

    Gracias de antemano!

    Jackie ( una Colombiana que vive en Australia y que te admira mucha tu talento culinario!)

  3. says

    OMG, these look so good, can’t wait to make them for my Colombian husband! The beans always make the dish when it comes to Colombian food, they’re my absolute favorite part. Que rico!

  4. christina says

    Gracias por este website y las excelentes recetas, soy colombiana y aprendo a cocinar con tus recetas, God bless you

  5. Monica Jaramillo says

    Estoy obsesionada con tus recetas (Deberías tener un libro para recién casadas jejeje) ¿No necesitas entonces olla a presión? ¿y sabes por casualidad dónde conseguir el chicharrón en California? Gracias milllll

  6. T.J. says

    Thank you so much for this recipe! My boyfriend is Colombian and I just love the Colombian cuisine and Colombia in general :) (I visited Medellín and Cali and we are going to Cali again in September!). I will cook beans and make tostadas tonight – hope my bf will like it (fingers crossed! :-))

    Greetings from Switzerland!

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