Frijoles Rojos Colombianos (Colombian-Style Red Beans)

by Erica Dinho on January 14, 2014

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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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeannie Tay January 14, 2014 at 7:29 PM

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 Belinda @zomppa January 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Beans is turning up once a week at least for meatless days – fantastic version!


3 Joanne January 15, 2014 at 7:39 AM

This is a great recipe to add to my legume loves! So much flavor and so good for you!


4 Corina January 15, 2014 at 8:10 AM

I love beans too and they are so good for taknig on the flavours around them.


5 Alan Bowman January 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM

My preference is for Frijoles Antioquenos, one of the first dishes I ever had in Colombia.


6 Angie@Angie's Recipes January 15, 2014 at 12:50 PM

I love legumes. This looks very delicious!


7 Jackie January 15, 2014 at 3:59 PM

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!)


8 Erica Dinho January 15, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Hi Jackie,

Lo puedes omitir! Good luck!


9 Jackie January 24, 2014 at 5:33 AM

Hi Erica, Gracias!!! Can’t wait to try it out!


10 Juliana January 15, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Nice recipe for red beans…somehow I do not use often red beans, thanks for the reminder.
Hope you are having a wonderful week Erica :D


11 grace January 16, 2014 at 9:48 AM

i couldn’t live without beans, and this is a wonderful preparation! very tasty indeed. :)


12 ela@GrayApron January 16, 2014 at 10:12 AM

I just used red beans yesterday…next time, I’ll check with you! I bet this one tasted fantastic, thanks for sharing. :) ela


13 Jannese January 16, 2014 at 10:44 AM

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!


14 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz January 16, 2014 at 2:32 PM

These beans looks really great and hearty. May take a bit of time but not in prep, just simmering here and there I can do :-) I keep telling myself I have to incorporate more beans in my diet.


15 Clarissa Delacruz January 16, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Can’t wait to make these beans!!!! does anyone know how to print a printer friendly version


16 christina January 17, 2014 at 2:55 AM

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


17 J. R. Clark January 25, 2014 at 2:58 AM

I’m hungry looking at your food, its so yummy to look at..I’ll try this at home, thanks for sharing your recipe.


18 Carol May 17, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Thanks for sharing!


19 Bek June 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Thank you for sharing im making these for my hubby and little Colombianitos xo


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