Menestra Recipe Receta Menestra

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Ingredients List:

  • 1 lb Dry Beans, Soaked Overnight
  • 1 Red Onion, Diced
  • 6 Garlic Cloves, Crushed
  • 1 Cup Tomatoes, Peeled & Diced
  • 1/2 tsp Achiote
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds, Whole
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 3 TBSP Oil
  • 3 tbs Cilantro, Finely Chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste


Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic, let cook for about 3 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, achiote, cumin seeds, ground cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.

Add water and bring to a boil.

Add the soaked beans and simmer until tender, about 2 hours.

Add salt to taste.

Mix in the cilantro.

Serve with rice, fried plantains, salad, meat, avocado and some aji or hot sauce on the side.