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A single bowl of Peruvian beans with rice, salsa criolla, and avocado.

Peruvian-Flavored Peruvian Beans

Tamara Andersen
A simple, but flavorful Peruvian beans recipe with Peruvian flair! Bacon, ají panca, bell pepper, garlic, and spices with mayocoba or Peruvian beans, rice, and avocado make a healthy and flavorful meal your family will love!
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Cook the Beans 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Healthy Main Dish
Cuisine Peruvian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 330 kcal


  • 1 cup dried Peruvian beans (aka mayocoba or canary beans) or 4 cups cooked beans
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 6 slices bacon cut in 1" pieces
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons ají panca paste
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 2 teaspoons oregano leaves or 2 generous sprigs of fresh oregano
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup harina de camote (see Ingredients in post for substitutions)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  • Cook the beans according to your preferred method. Add the tablespoon of salt to a generous pot of water. See post Instructions for more information.
  • Fry the bacon. Drain bacon on paper towels. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat from the pot.
  • Cook the aromatics. Over medium-high heat, add the onion, cumin, bell pepper, garlic, ají panca and tomato paste. Sauté until onion is softened and mixture is very fragrant.
  • Add the beans, broth, and oregano to the pot. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer 15 minutes. Remove oregano sprigs if you used fresh.
  • Make the slurry. Whisk the camote de harina with reserved bean water (water or broth). Stir slurry into the beans mixture a little at a time over high heat until desired thickness is achieved.
  • Add salt as needed, honey, and vinegar. Bring mixture back up to a simmer for 5 minutes before serving.


I deliberately try to keep the recipe card uncluttered. If you have questions about ingredients, check the "Ingredients" section in the post. If you need more instruction, see "Instructions" in the post. I include an FAQ section that attempts to anticipate questions. Email tamara@beyondmeresustenance.com if I've missed anything. I try to respond the same day or early the next.


Calories: 330kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 19gFat: 7g
Keyword ají panca, Canary Beans, healthy beans and rice, Mayocoba Beans, Peruvian Bean Recipes, Peruvian Beans, Peruvian style bean recipes
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