Quick Pinto Bean Soup with Chorizo

by Erica Dinho on January 6, 2010

Quick Bean Soup
I love cooking comforting food this time of the year. I know everyone has a different opinion of what comfort food is, but for me it is a large pot of soup with Colombian flavors simmering on the stove . I usually make my bean soup with dried beans, but this week I was craving this pinto bean soup that my grandmother used to make. However, I forgot to soak the beans overnight, so I decided to make a quick soup with canned beans instead and I must say, this a great alternative when you don’t have time to simmer dried beans for 3 hours.

I know my mom wouldn’t be proud of me right now because in my house, we always cooked beans from scratch and she usually makes them in the pressure cooker so they cook pretty fast as well. Sorry mom ;-)

Enjoy this quick version of Mamita’s delicious Pinto Bean Soup with Chorizo



(4-6 Servings)

  • 3 Colombian-Style chorizos, sliced
  • 2 corn ears, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup hogao
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 2 (15 oz) cans pinto beans
  • 6 cups chicken or beef stock
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt an pepper
  • 1 ripe plantain,peeled and diced
  • 1/2 pound frozen yuca, cut into pieces
  • Fresh cilantro
  • White rice and avocado for serving
  • Bean Soup1


  1. n a large pot over medium heat, cook the chorizo until browned,about 5 minutes. Add the stock and corn.Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes, add the beans, carrots, hogao, cumin, potatoes, plantain and yuca.
  3. educe the heat to medium-low and cook for about 35 minutes minutes more, Add more stock if the soup is too thick. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. dd fresh cilantro and serve with white rice and avocado on the side.
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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sook January 6, 2010 at 10:53 AM

A good warm, flavorful soup would comfort me too! :)


2 theUngourmet January 6, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Mmm! This looks so perfect for a blustery winter day! Delicious!


3 pigpigscorner January 6, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Anything with chorizo! I always crave for soups during winter…so heartwarming!


4 ruth January 6, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Oh my. oh my would love to try this. Only its difficult to find hogao and yuca here. Is there anything I could replace them with?


5 Erica January 6, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Ruth- You can omit the yuca.


6 Sandra g January 6, 2010 at 2:35 PM

I could go for a bowl right now, it’s freezing in Massachusetts!


7 Maria January 6, 2010 at 3:39 PM

That looks perfect! A lovely soup for this frigid weather we are having here in NYC. Looks quite comforting and substantial.


8 Faith January 6, 2010 at 4:09 PM

What a yummy soup, it looks so healthy and full of flavor! I love how you serve the rice alongside, it makes a really beautiful presentation!


9 Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog January 6, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Comfort food Erica with chorizo! Wow such a great burst of flavor – here the chorizo is for all the year :)




10 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best January 6, 2010 at 7:56 PM

This soup looks great! I’ve never put yuca or plaintains in soup, I’ll have to try it one day.


11 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction January 6, 2010 at 11:07 PM

This soup sounds perfect right now… Warm and comforting!


12 Kim January 7, 2010 at 12:26 AM

This soup looks like it is full of all kinds of goodies and it’s so pretty!


13 Kathleen January 7, 2010 at 1:22 AM

Oh this looks wonderful. I hope to try it soon. I have to figure out where to buy the yuca. Thanks for sharing!!!


14 Erica January 7, 2010 at 7:56 AM

Thank you all for the wonderful comments!


15 Barbara January 7, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Looks delicious! And perfect for the cold weather we’re having.


16 Natashya January 7, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Delicious! I love chorizo, such smoky goodness.


17 Arlene January 7, 2010 at 9:33 AM

This soup really fits the bill right now with the dreadfully cold weather we’re experiencing. I love your blog–the tres leches cake sounds incredible. I have to figure out how to follow it.


18 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie January 7, 2010 at 11:44 AM

This soup sounds super delicious with chorizo!


19 Oysterculture January 7, 2010 at 11:18 PM

I love the looks of this soup, tasty delicious and filling. You might convert me to a 100% soup diet except you keep coming up with some other crazy delicious recipes too!


20 Anna January 8, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Wow… What a great look soup, love all the Ingredients.


21 Chris January 8, 2010 at 3:58 PM

I don’t care if this was “the quick version”, it looks spectacular!!!! I’m going to have to try this one soon.


22 Erica January 8, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Thank you so much everyone!


23 DebinHawaii January 9, 2010 at 3:21 AM

Canned beans are so handy when you need a quick dish. Love the chorizo in this–lots of wonderful flavor!


24 alex montano January 12, 2010 at 3:27 PM

help please!!!!!….what i do with the liquid that its in the beans can ?????should i added to the soup or drain ????i want to try the soup but i dont know what to do with the water


25 Erica January 12, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Alex- Drain the beans and discard the water.


26 alex montano January 13, 2010 at 3:23 PM

thank you im gonna make it tonight…


27 amelia July 29, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Does anyone know where in San Francisco Bay Area I can get the Colombian chorizo?


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