Island Red Beans (Habichuelas Coloradas Grandes)

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 50m

8 servings, about 3/4 cup each

Cilantro, chiles and garlic add rich flavor to kidney beans in this Puerto Rican staple. Leftovers are wonderful reheated for lunch.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 2 Anaheim or poblano chile peppers, finely diced
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup packed finely chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 4 cans (15 ounces each) red kidney beans, rinsed (see Dried Bean Variation)
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 3 cups water


Heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add garlic, chile peppers, onion and cilantro and cook, stirring, until the onion is softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add beans, tomato sauce, oregano, pepper and salt; stir to combine. Add 1 to 3 cups water. (Usually the beans are covered by at least 1 inch of water. The more “wet” you like your beans, the more water you should add). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Serve sprinkled with cilantro, if desired.

Dried Bean Variation:

To use dried beans instead of canned beans, sort 1 pound red kidney beans, discarding any debris. Overnight soak: Rinse beans and place in a large bowl. Cover with cold water and let soak for at least 8 hours or overnight; drain. Quick soak: Rinse beans and place in a large pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 1 hour before draining.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 9303

nutrition information per serving

221 calories; 3g total fat; 0g total saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 616mg sodium; 38g carbohydrates; 15g fiber; 12g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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