How to Make Frijoles or Frisoles Antioqueños

by Erica Dinho on September 17, 2012

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How to Make Frisoles Antioqueños

If someone asked me what I would choose as the one single dish to have as my last meal on earth, I would have a hard time coming up with an answer. However, I am sure Frijoles Antioqueños would be near the top of the list.

How to Make Frisoles Antioqueños

The recipe today is a gorgeous, hearty Colombian bean soup from my hometown of Antioquia, and is known as Frisoles. A mix of delicious beans, green plantains, aliños, carrots, hogao and pork hocks. It’s a perfect fit with the current weather here in the Northeast, somewhere between late summer and fall.

How to Make Frisoles Antioqueños

Traditionally this dish is made with cranberry beans, but you can try pinto beans as well, just stay away from canned beans! This is a recipe where dried beans play a huge role. Frisoles is also the perfect dish for a cool, rainy day, served with a steaming bowl of white rice and avocado.

Buen provecho!

How to Make Frisoles Antioqueños

How to Make Frisoles Antioqueños

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Ingredients

(About 8 servings)

  • 1 pound dry cranberry beans or pinto beans, soaked overnight
  • 1 pound of pork hocks
  • 1 green plantain diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup of aliños sauce
  • 1 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 9 cups of water or more if necessary
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup of hogao (Colombian Creole Sauce)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Frisoles Antioqueños

Directions

    How to Make Frisoles Antioqueños

  1. Drain the beans and place in a large pot with the pork hocks and water. Place over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, cook for about 20 minutes.
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  3. Add the diced plantain, carrots, aliños and cumin. Cook for about 1 hour. Add the hogao , chopped cilantro and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 15 minutes more or until the beans are tender.
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  5. emove the ham hocks from the soup and set aside until cool enough to handle. Discard the skin and bones and cut the meat into 1/2-inch pieces and set aside.
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    How to Make Frisoles Antioqueños

  7. Remove the carrots from the soup and place in a blender with about 1 cup of the soup. Blend until smooth and return to the bean soup.
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  9. Ladle the soup into bowls, Add pieces of pork hocks and serve immediately with white rice, ají and avocado.
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    How to Make Frisoles Antioqueños

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 zibi September 17, 2012 at 12:33 PM

This looks yummy and easy. Thanks for sharing.

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2 Belinda @zomppa September 17, 2012 at 12:42 PM

That pork must add the best flavors – your last meal, eh? This MUST be good!

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3 melaniemusings2 September 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Erica, is this dish similar to the Brazilian dish feihota (sp??)

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4 Erica September 18, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I don’t know….I will check that recipe!

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5 tasteofbeirut September 19, 2012 at 1:20 AM

This bean dish looks fantastic! I need to the make it next time i ‘ve got some beans and maybe substitute if I dont find the pork hocks around here.

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6 Maria Reid September 21, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Que felicidad encontrar esta pagina, Yo llevo viviendo 4 anos en USA por que mi esposo es de aqui, y la verdad nunca aprendi a cocinar en Colombia asi que he sobrevivido apunta de hotdogs, cheeseburgers, y steak.(estoy exagerando).
Finalmente y sin saber queme muchos arroces y sale pollos, ahume agua etc.. pero aprendi a cocinar pollo con arroz en todaas sus variedades.. pero my muy esposo americano se aburrio del pollo con arroz y arroz con pollo.
Voy a usar muchas de estas recetas! Gracias Gracias!!
Lo que mas me gusta es que utilizas los ingredientes que uno podria encontrar aqui.
Thank you so much

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7 Erica September 21, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Hola Maria, Gracias por tu comentario y bienvenida al blog!

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8 Anonymous September 23, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Typical Colombian Food! I love your traditional recipes…

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9 Carla September 24, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I made this on Sunday for my Colombian husband and it was perfect.

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10 Erica September 24, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Thank you all for visiting my blog and your comments and feedback!

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11 vanesa October 31, 2012 at 11:09 AM

me encanta esta pagina!! gracias erica por sus recetas!

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12 Maria Reid September 26, 2012 at 12:29 AM

So, I told my husband… brace yourself! you will never want to eat another hamburger again.. Erica please don’t ever erase your page, I’m planning my weekly meals from this page. Seriously.

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13 Erica September 26, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Thank you, Maria!:)

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14 Julia September 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Colombian Food.This site has the best Traditional and Modern Colombian Recipes.

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15 Lori Lynn September 28, 2012 at 8:51 AM

This bean soup looks so flavorful. I definitely want to try it. Especially like how you put rice and avocado into the soup at the end. That is a meal!
LL

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16 Martha October 3, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Es necesario usar olla presion para cocinar los frijoles?

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17 Erica October 3, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Yo no uso la olla presion.

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18 Alejandro Zapata January 31, 2013 at 1:54 AM

No, en Colombia solo los ricos tienen olla a presion. En el campo se hace desde el medio dia y se cocina hasta por la tarde. Lo que sobra se come al desayuno con Arepa y se le llama “re-calentao”. (la version Antioquena de “Refried Beens”). Tambien tomese su tiempo y disfrute la preparacion. Los aromas y prepare los ingredientes a mano, cortando con cuchillo y no en la maquina procesadora. Esto le dara otra textura al plato y los aromas y sabores son extraidos lentamente, combinandose a su tiempo y no prematuramente como en la maquina procesadora.

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19 Cristina October 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM

I found your site a month ago and I was so excited. I made this recipe today and I can’t wait to eat more. This is delicious and very tasty. :).

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20 Alejandro Zapata January 31, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Great recipes. I would not recommend brand names to keep it 100% authentic. In addition, Sason Goya has MSG. Not healthy. Don’t get me wrong, I love Goya, just not MSG. Great site…..

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21 Victoria March 10, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Hola!
Im so glad to have found your wonderful blog! I’m from Sweden and my boyfriend is from Bogota, Colombia and we both really miss the colombian cuisine! (we live in Sweden) I have been trying to find a good recipe for frijoles a long time now, since its one of my favourite dishes, so i was superglad to find this. Thank you!

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22 Velva April 10, 2013 at 4:36 PM

This looks so delicious!!! It is soul food.

Velva

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23 Kaichu April 19, 2013 at 12:06 AM

OMG. I’m from Bogota, but I still love these. I hated them as a kid (I admit) but now that I’m far away I CRAVE them! My mom actually makes thesse with some bacon added. Damn it so good. Love it, I will try to make them!

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24 Karina August 22, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Que rico encontrar esta pagina! Gracias por tus recetas a ver si al fin le gusto los frijoles a mi esposo!!!

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25 Carolina November 18, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Thanks for the recipe. Is the pork a must for the frijoles recipe?

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26 Erica Dinho November 18, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Yes!

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27 Francisco Bedoya December 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Sabor de mi tierra. Eh ave maría home. Que verraquera.

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28 Christa January 30, 2014 at 6:11 PM

My husband and I just returned from a month-long trip throughout Colombia. We’ve been craving this bean soup, since we left. This recipe is fairly simple, and delicious!

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29 DowntownFoodie April 7, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Hi Erica! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipes! I have been having so much fun trying them out, and I have fallen in love with your frijoles antioquenos! Mmm Mmm! I feel like I’ve been transported to Colombia. I can certainly see why you say those would be high on the list if you had to choose your last meal. I actually have a gluten intolerance, so I am looking forward to trying your pandebono recipe!

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