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Antioqueño Beans is an icon of Colombian Typical Food. Are main ingredient of what I consider the National dish: Bandeja Paisa (Paisa's Tray), and generally used in the Calentao.
- 1 lb of Red or Cargamanto beans
- 2 red tomatoes
- 1 cup of chopped scallions
- ¼ cup of Oil
- 2 Tbs of cumin
- 1 Tbs of allspice
- 6 cups of water
- 1 cube of chicken broth
- 1 large plantain (I like to use it very ripe, it gives a sweet taste to the beans)
- optional: add ½ lb of flank steak, pork legs, or pork rinds
- Wash beans and let hydrate overnight by covering with twice its amount in water.
- Next day, remove floating beans.
- I strongly recommend to use a pressure cooker, which will save you plenty of time when cooking the beans.
- Heat the oil in the pressure cooker. Add scallions and let fry until it starts getting brown. Add tomato, cumin, cubed chicken broth and allspice. This is called "Hogao", a basic sauce for many Colombian dishes.
- Add 6 cups of water, the beans, and plantain. Cook in medium heat until it boils.
- Cover the pressure cooker, and let cook for 30 minutes.
- Let cool, and open pressure cooker (I use to pull up the pressure valve with a knife, to let steam get out faster, but do so only if used to work with this type or pan).
- Check water amount, and add optional beef / pork and close back. Cook for additional 30 minutes.
- Check salt. If you wish them thicker, you can cook uncovered at low heat.
- When serving, you can put additional hogao, on top of it.
- You can serve it with white rice, avocado, ground beef, roasted beef, fried plantain, roasted chicken, corn "arepa" and many other combinations.
- "Trasnochado Beans" (or eaten one day after being cooked) are a great option to eat beans with a delicious concentrated flavor.
- If you want to build a Paisa's Tray (Bandeja Paisa), you should serve a portion of Antioqueño beans, a portion of white rice, a portion of ground beef, a slice of avocado, one fried sausage (Chorizo), fried ripe plantain, one fried blood sausage, pork rind, and one fried egg on top of the rice. Enjoy it!!!.
- Another delicious option for Antioqueño Beans, are the "Cazuelitas" (Small Casserole). You serve half of a casserole with Antioqueño Beans, and add to it corn, shredded beef ("Ropa Vieja"), avocado (cubed), and ground pork rind.