This dish has been a staple in Colombian cuisine for generations, and it's easy to understand why. Slow-cooked beans seasoned with onion, garlic, and tomato are the definition of comfort food.
This recipe is easy to personalize and adapt to your own tastes. Whether you enjoy them as a side dish or as a main course, these beans are a nutritious and delicious meal that you will love.
Beans have been a major food for several years in many families around the world, being the preferred menu and also considered a tradition. I've eaten them all my life, and I still can't get enough of them.
What type of bean to use?
A question that arises a lot among people who are going to prepare beans for the first time or who are just learning is the type of bean to use when preparing this delicious recipe. I say it's all a matter of taste, there is the cargamanto bean, red ball, bull's blood, and so on, there are many types of beans, all of them in different shades and sizes, but with an extremely delicious flavor.
So it doesn't matter which one you prefer, big or small, beans are an ingredient that has a lot of flavor and are a delicious preparation.
What else can you add to the beans?
We've been preparing beans for many years, and for this reason we've dared to add new ingredients to vary a bit and give them new flavors, using ingredients like: bacon, fried pork rind bits, trotters, cabbage, snout, sausage, chorizo, banana, potato, chayote, among others.
Each of these ingredients brings a special flavor to the beans and makes us fall in love with their taste even more every day.
Beans are part of our Colombian culture, and are part of our most important recipes, they are even an important part of the famous paisa platter, and just as they are part of this recipe, we can say that their great ally is rice, traditionally a good dish accompanied by rice and meat, make an exquisite lunch.
If there's one thing I enjoy more, it's eating the beans the next day, at lunchtime, adding a good hogao and accompanied by a delicious salad, that's one of my greatest pleasures when eating beans, and I think many people already have their preferred way of preparing them. So stick with us and learn how to prepare some delicious beans.
How do I cook dry beans?
To cook dry beans, soak them in water for at least 6 hours or overnight. Then rinse them and place them in a pot with fresh water. Boil for 10 minutes, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 30 minutes to 1 hour or until they are soft.
What ingredients do I need to prepare the beans?
We will need the following ingredients:
- Medium green bananas
- Medium potatoes (optional)
- Long onion or egg onion
- Ricostilla or maggie
- Salt to taste
Can I make traditional beans in a slow cooker?
Yes, you can make Traditional Beans in a slow cooker. Just follow the same steps for soaking and preparing beans, but instead of cooking them on the stove, add all the ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on low for 1 to 2 hours or until the beans are soft.
How do I serve the beans?
Traditional beans are a dish that can be served in many different ways. You can serve them as a side dish for meat dishes, with white rice, or even as a main course. Enjoy them however you like!
Can I use canned beans to make this recipe?
Yes, you can use canned beans if you don't have time to soak the beans and cook them in the pressure cooker. However, keep in mind that the taste and texture of the beans will be different.
Can I substitute the green banana for another ingredient?
If you don't like green banana, you can substitute it for yuca, potato, or any other tuber you like.
Tips and Tricks
- If you like the smoky flavor in your beans, you can add a bay leaf or a bit of smoked meat during cooking.
- We recommend serving your beans with white rice, fried meat, and slices of ripe banana, a delicious and typical combination of Colombian cuisine.
- We also recommend trying the "antioqueño beans", a version of traditional beans that are served with chicharrón, arepa, and avocado.
- Not soaking the beans the night before can make the cooking longer and harder, and the beans may end up hard.
- Not checking the water level in the pot during cooking can cause the beans to dry out and become hard. Be sure to add enough water and check the level from time to time.
- We recommend trying the "beans with chorizo", a version of traditional beans that are served with chorizo and fried ripe banana.
- We also recommend trying the "beans with hogao", a version of traditional beans that are served with a sauce of tomato, onion, and cilantro.
Meatless bean recipe
This is the version of the bean recipe without meat, it is a basic recipe of Colombian cuisine, you can also prepare it with meat, but most housewives prepare this meal in this way and fry the meat to accompany this dish separately.
On the other hand, you can also prepare this recipe without banana, it is you who decides if you use banana and potato or only potato or only banana, in the same way you will get delicious beans.
Remember to prepare these traditional beans with a good portion of green rice with carrot salad and chicken breast in strawberry sauce.
- ½ pound of beans
- 2 medium green bananas (chopped into small pieces)
- 2 medium potatoes (chopped into small pieces (Optional))
- 2 sprigs of long onion or ½ medium egg onion (finely chopped)
- 1 medium tomato (finely chopped)
- ½ grated carrot
- 1 sprig of chopped cilantro
- ½ cube of ricostilla or maggie
- Salt to taste
- You can add tomato sauce if you wish, do it before serving the dishes.
- If you are going to use a slow cooker, it will take you much longer, about an hour and a half to soften the beans.
- Soak the beans the night before in room-temperature water, so they can absorb water and their cooking becomes easier.
- Add the beans to a pressure cooker with enough water, cook over medium-high heat for 30 minutes.
- Add the plantains, potato (if you're using it), onion, tomato, carrot, cilantro, bouillon cube or Maggie, and salt to taste, to the pressure cooker.
- Check that you have enough water in the pot, it's possible that during the cooking process the water has reduced, if that's the case, add as much as necessary and cook over medium heat for half an hour.
- Let the pot rest before uncovering it.
- Serve accompanied by rice, fried meat, and slices of ripe plantain.