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Pink Beans - Habichuelas Rosadas


Pink Beans - Receta de Habichuelas Rosadas. Copyright Hector Rodriguez. Licensed to About.com.

Pink Beans Recipe - Receta de Habichuelas Rosadas

Photo © Hector Rodriguez. Licensed to About.com.
On the islands, beans come in all shapes and sizes. One of the most common bean dishes in Puerto Rico is stewed pink beans. My recipe calls for dried beans, but if you forget to soak them the night before you can use canned beans. These beans taste best when you use homemade sofrito.

Serve with white rice, tostones, and grilled pork chops.

Prep Time: 24 hours

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 25 hours, 30 minutes


  • 1 pound pink beans (dried)
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup sofrito
  • 1/2 pound calabaza (West Indian pumpkin) (cleaned, seeded, chopped)


  1. Soak the beans per package directions over night.
  2. Drain the beans. Place the beans and the rest of the ingredients in a large pot.
  3. Bring the beans to a boil over high heat then lower to medium heat.
  4. Cook over medium heat for 1 1/2 hours. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking. The beans should be soft. If not, cook a little longer.
  5. If the beans become too thick you may add about 1/4 cup of water at a time to thin them out.
servings: Makes approximately 8 servings.

substitute: If you can't find calabaza in your area, you may substitute Hubbard squash or butternut squash.

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