Frijoles Colorados (Cuban Red Beans)

Prep Time
Cook Time
1d 5h
Ready In

Recipe: #32577

June 17, 2019

"This cooks for a long time if you have hard dried beans thats ok some beans take shorter times if your beans are cooking faster bump up time so they dont cook to mush"

Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (626.3 g)
  • Calories 550.8
  • Total Fat - 17.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5 g
  • Cholesterol - 50 mg
  • Sodium - 2045.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 66.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 19.2 g
  • Sugars - 6.6 g
  • Protein - 33.9 g
  • Calcium - 169.2 mg
  • Iron - 7.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 39.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 1.2 mg

Step 1

Rinse and sort beans making sure there are no small stones

Step 2

In a large heavy pot, soak beans overnight in 4 cups of water. DO NOT DRAIN.

Step 3

Next day Start cooking beans with ham hock

Step 4

Bring to a boil.

Step 5

Reduce heat to low and cook for 1½ hours, skimming foam from the top.

Step 6

In a separate large skillet,

Step 7

Add olive oil

Step 8

Add onions and green peppers with some salt & pepper,

Step 9

Stirring occasionally.

Step 10

When veggies start to get soft,

Step 11

Add ham, oregano, adobo seasoning, and garlic.

Step 12

When you can smell the garlic,

Step 13

Add tomato sauce, vinegar, sazon packet, stir well

Step 14

And cook for 2-3 minutes.

Step 15

Add this ham/veggie mixture to large pot with the beans and stir well.

Step 16

Add chicken broth, bay leaves and bring to a boil.

Step 17

When boiling point has been reached, stir well, salt and pepper to taste.

Step 18

Cover and simmer for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

Step 19

When beans are almost soft (approximately 20 minutes out),

Step 20

Add add the chorizo, potatoes and butternut squash

Step 21

Add more hot water or chicken stock if necessary.

Step 22

Raise heat to medium-low and cook for 30 minutes minutes or until the potatoes, squash and beans are tender.

Step 23

When all are tender

Step 24

Take out bay leaf and debone ham hock

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.