Habichuelas Guisadas (GF Vegan Dominican Stewed Red Beans With Rice)

September 28, 2020
When my friend was finally allowed to come back to my country from the Dominican Republic, she showed me how to make these delicious Dominican beans. In the DR, these beans are served daily in most homes. This recipe is very similar to the one her mother-in-law makes (of course she didn't disclose her secret ingredient). Traditionally meatless, so perfect for any vegan or vegetarians out there who'd like to try some new taste.

These beans are creamy and thick. They shouldn’t be watery, nor should they resemble refried Mexican beans.
dominican beans and rice in a white bowl with a spoon

Habichuelas Guisadas (GF Vegan Dominican Stewed Red Beans With Rice)

utensils YIELDS 2 servings
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  • 2 cans red kindney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cilantro sprigs
  • 1 medium red onion, quartered
  • 1 medium cubanelle pepper, sliced
  • 1 veggie broth cube
  • 1-1/2 tbsp adobo seasoning
  • to taste salt, pepper
  • for serving white rice
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1. You can use dried beans too to be more authentic, then place them in water for overnight the day before. I like to make everything easy and quick, and I used canned beans so I wouldn’t have to cook them for hours.

2. Prepare your rice according to package instructions.

3. Using a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-low heat and add garlic, tomato paste, cilantro, red onion, pepper and sauté about 10 minutes, stirring. Add quarter of the beans along with a little water and the veggie broth. Bring it to a boil, then purée it with a hand blender. Add adobo seasoning and salt (about 1 teaspoon), or to taste. Then add the rest of the beans and let it simmer, stirring often.

4. Serve warm, over rice.

Also by Imola: Heirloom GF Vegan Hungarian Thread Noodle Soup

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Imola is a Hatha and Ashtanga yoga teacher, tree planter and writer and editor of Raised by the Wolf, an online magazine for Wild Women, with a passion for exploring and life outdoors. Originally from Hungary but currently planting trees and rewilding the enchanting forests of France. Hop over to RBTW magazine, and blog and follow her on Instagram @yogiraisedbythewolf


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