June 01, 2021 3 min read

Eating and savoring beans in Peru is a first-rate culinary adventure. They are prepared in various ways and with different flavors. It could also be a vegetable soup with the pure and traditional flavors of the different emblematic places of Peru, keep in mind that each area prepares them differently.

In this sense and given the nutritional importance of legumes and their reception in the national gastronomy, the Association of Exporters (ADEX), argues that Peru, thanks to its potential as a producer of beans, should position itself in the international market by promoting its beans and its great variety.

In Peru there is a species that stands out for its versatility and properties, this is the Peruvian bean, also known as mayocoba bean, yellow bean, or canary bean. This bean crop owes its name to its origin in the western Andes, northern Peru, and Ecuador. However, it is distributed and commercialized in other countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, and Argentina, as well as in much of the American continent.

Peruvian beans are one of the most sought after for cooking because it is soft and has a light flavor. Its bark, as one of its names indicates, is yellow. It can be used for different dishes from beans from the pot to some rich enfrijoladas.

Benefits of Peruvian beans

Peruvian beans are an excellent source of sodium and dietary fiber, which is why it is an ideal recipe for continuous cooking, as it allows you to control the nutrients provided to your family.

In addition to having a delicious flavor, Peruvian beans have great health benefits, since they are an ideal source of proteins, vitamins, and minerals such as the B complex, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, and phosphorus, it also contains minerals such as iron, copper, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and calcium.

Likewise, this species of beans is low in cholesterol and are a rich source of antioxidants, which is why they help prevent premature aging, as well as cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and diabetes. For you and your family to enjoy these benefits, we show you a way to make Peruvian beans! Enjoy this recipe.

Peruvian Beans Recipe


  • 1 kg of Peruvian beans
  • 2 tablespoons of lard or vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 sprigs of chives
  • 1 cup of smoked bacon and/or smoked chorizo
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • 4 fresh coriander leaves (habanero cilantro)
  • Water
  • Salt


  1. Soak the beans in a bowl of water overnight before cooking.
  2. The next day the beans will swell. Wash them again, drain them, and pour them into a deep pot with enough water to cover them all. Place the pot on the stove over high heat and let them cook until they boil and the beans are soft, which will be about 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cut the bacon or chorizo ​​into medium pieces, whatever you have chosen, and reserve them for the preparation. Continue chopping the chives, onion, tomato, and garlic, then place these ingredients in a previously heated pan with the lard or oil and proceed to fry without letting them brown.
  4. When the dressings are about to brown, add the bacon and continue cooking until they have released their natural fat. At this point, the beans should be about to soften, if so, it is time to join all the ingredients.
  5. Add the sauce, adding the fresh cilantro leaves and cumin, add salt to taste, and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes over medium heat.

Tips for a better dish

You can substitute the meat for one that you like, in this case, it can be pork chop, beef, or even chicken if you don't have anything else.

Soaking the beans helps them cook faster. However, if you are short on time you can use a pressure cooker.

We hope this information is useful to you and you start incorporating Peruvian beans into your diet.