Guatemalan Cuisine: Frijoles blancos

Guatemalan Cuisine: Frijoles blancos con espinazo by Rudy Girón

Frijoles Blancos, white beans, are another classic staple of the gastronomy of Guatemala. Frijoles blancos are often prepared with espinazo (spine) costilla (ribs), carne cerdo (pork chops), chicharrones (pork rinds), tocino (bacon) and longanizas (Guatemalan white sausages), just to name a few meats. Frijoles blancos can be found in a red or white presentation, depending if a tomato is added to the dish.

Here are three recipes in Spanish for Frijoles blancos:

Who would like to share their recipe in English for the rest of us, anyone, Erin, anyone? ;-)

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  • rworange

    “False Tongues and Sunday Bread” a cookbook by Copeland Marks that has Guatemalan and Mayan recipes in English has two – sopa caldosa de frijol blanco and frijol blanco con marrano. Here are the ingredients for the latter

    1/2 lb of dried white beans
    4 cups of water
    1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    1 medium size onion chopped (1/2 cup)
    2 medium size ripe tomatoes, chopped (1 cup)
    2 garlic cloves
    1/2 teaspoon oregano
    1 chile guace (guajillo), stems and seeds removed
    1/8 teaspoon achiote
    1/2 pound boneless pork cut into 1/2 inch pieces
    1 cinnamon stick, 1 inch

    Copyright laws will allow printing ingredients, but not the instructions of a recipe. The book has long been out of print but was recently reissued for a whopping $149 … that is US dollars, not quetzales.

    Amazon.com gives readers a limited look inside the book, so anyone interested in the instructions can look there.

    It is funny, I guess the white bean is so humble, it isn’t considered important enough to be included in recipe collections. I have links to a lot of Guatemalan recipe sites in English and there are no Guatemalan white bean recipes. Even the Spanish sites and cookbooks are limited.

    When I was first served frijoles blancos at home, the woman who did the cooking said with pride and almost reverence “frjoles blancos” as she set the dish down. I thought, “Big deal. White beans.” Beans just get no respect sometimes. Though simple, it is a delicious dish.

  • Katace90

    Im from guatemala and gonna make this for my family

  • http://antiguadailyphoto.com Rudy Girón

    @Cristina, claro que sí hay foto de un caldo de pata y es una foto del mejor caldo de pata que he probado en Guatemala. Si buscas «Pata» en los resultados arrojados encontrarás Guatemalan Cuisine: Caldo de Pata; precaución en la foto hay otras cosas que también se pueden antojar. ;-)

  • http://antiguadailyphoto.com Rudy Girón

    @Erick, I did not had frijoles blancos that day I took the picture, but I will try to have either frijoles blancos or caldo de pata this weekend when I meet with some family visiting.

  • http://antiguadailyphoto.com Rudy Girón

    @Guate360, saludos y gracias por visitar.