Beans with sweet: how do you prefer them?

With grains or without grains, hot or cold, a lot or a few, with rum or without rum…. Every Dominican has their own version of the sweet beans. This dish is a symbol of the Dominican tradition that is prepared specifically during Lent, and despite the fact that no one prepares it better than your mother, your grandmother or your aunt, everyone has their favorites. And you, how do you like the beans?

Although, if you are not from the Dominican Republic, you may be surprised to hear “Sweet beans” and know that this dessert is made from red beans boiled with cinnamon, blended and strained; then combined with evaporated milk, coconut milk, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and criolla sweet potato.

To join the tradition, we went out to ask about those preferences that each one has with the sweet beans and we share the answers in the video. In addition, we have added a recipe and instructions from chef @sagrariomatos to encourage you to make this dish that is so ours.

In an article published on his blog, Sagrario explains that “the sweet beans They represent a dish loaded with nostalgia, history and flavor, designed to break the Easter fast, but over the years it has gone beyond the limits of its defined season, becoming a dessert that represents us as a country”.

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In her publication, she invites you to create your own version, and beyond being intimidated by not achieving the same point in the taste of your grandmother, aunt or mother-in-law, look for your personal touch: “Do you like it sweeter? put more sugar. With grains?, go ahead! Do you want to put the natural coconut milk in it? Even richer! Don’t have time and want to use canned beans? Boil the canned beans for a few minutes with cinnamon and if you don’t tell anyone, they’ll think you took the beans out of the pod yourself!”

Here is the recipe for beginners, so that you dare to prepare this traditional dish of Dominican Lent. We are confident that it will be a total success!

Beans with sweet: how do you prefer them?


You need

  • A blender
  • Ingredients

    • 1 cup of raw red kidney beans

    • 4 cups of water

    • 3 cinnamon sticks

    • 1 Can of Carnation Evaporated Milk

    • 1 Can of La Lechera Condensed Milk

    • 3 cinnamon sticks

    • 1 tsp vanilla extract

    • 8 Units Sweet cloves

    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    • 8 Units Sweet cloves

    • 1 Cup sweet potato, peeled and cubed

    • 1/2 Cup of raisins

    • Cookies or cassava to serve

    Production method

    • Boil the beans with a cinnamon stick in at least 4 cups of water.
    • Cook until the beans are soft. Let cool a bit. Remove the cinnamon stick.
    • Blend the beans with part of their liquid, strain and place in a pot with the evaporated milk, the condensed milk, the coconut milk, the bean water, the salt, the vanilla, the remaining cinnamon sticks, the cloves and the butter.
    • Cook over medium heat for 25 minutes.
    • Add the sweet potato and raisins and cook over low heat for another 15 to 20 minutes or until the sweet potato is soft.
    • Serve hot or cold, with cookies or cassava.