Pot of beans (Ana María) 


2 cups of dried beans 

1 medium-size onion 

Whole dried chili to taste (optional) 

4 cloves of garlic 

2 bay leaves (optional) 

4 cups of water 


Soak the beans overnight 

Strain them 

Put them in a pot (can be pressure cooker or normal pot) 

Slice the onion and chop the garlic, add to the pot 


Add the chili and bay leaves (if you want) 

Cover everything with water 

If using a normal pot → cook on high heat until boiling and then cook on medium heat (1 hour) 

If using a regular pressure cooker → close and make sure it’s sealed, turn on medium heat, when it starts whistling lower the fire and cook for ten more minutes, turn off the fire and wait for 15 min until the pressure comes out, open the lid. Done! 


Bean Bowls (Rose Jackson)


Brown rice, beans (canned, Hannaford has really good spicy beans), and stir fried onions and cabbage.Sometimes I'll put some cheese on top, sometimes I'll pile it all on to corn tortillas, occasionally if I'm feeling spendy I'll put in some chopped tomato. It usually comes to <$1.50 for a meal, is super filling, and super tasty! Plus if you make a bunch, you can have leftovers all week -- big time saver!


Guatemalan Green Bean Fritters - Envueltos de Ejote (Sergio Cahueque) 


1-pound green beans 

3 eggs

1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar (optional)

1 tablespoon flour (for a gluten free or low-carb option-use Chickpea flour)

Salt and pepper to taste.

¼ cup Olive or Canola oil for frying


  1. Wash and remove the tips of the green beans (Even easier: buy pre-washed & snipped in a microwavable bag)

  2. Bring a pot of water to boil and cook string beans 3-4 minutes for el dente beans. Drain and dry well on paper towels

  3. Separate eggs; add egg whites to a large mixing bowl. Reserve egg yolks in separate small bowl

  4. Beat egg whites on high until eggs foam; add cream of tartar; continue beating until egg whites form stiff peaks

  5. In separate bowl, gently break up the egg yolks

  6. Gently fold in the flour, salt, pepper and egg yolks until the mixture is a consistent light-yellow color. Don’t overmix! You want the egg whites to provide some structure to the batter

  7. Heat the oil in a fry pan until a drop of batter sizzles

  8. Take a bundle of 4-5 beans and dip in the batter and quickly add to fry pan. I found using my hands easier than a spoon for dipping. Quickly add to fry pan.

  9. Fry in hot oil, first on one side and then the other until the beans are golden brown

  10. Drain well on paper towels

  11. Serve green bean fritters on top of tomato sauce


Frijol Volteado/ Refrito/Homemade Refried beans (Sergio Cahueque) 


Cooked Beans





Use the “Pot of Beans” recipe on this same site!


Blend your already cooked  beans with water. The consistency can be watery because they will be cooked down.

Fry onion and garlic in a pan. The onion should be nice and toasty and golden ( flavor max bean flavor).

Add the blended beans to the pan.

Cook until desired consistency, should be a thick paste. Make sure to constantly move the beans so they don’t burn or stick. 


Ta-dah! Delicious as a spread, a dip, in burritos...

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