Red Cranberry Beans How to Cook Them

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Easy recipe for the Red Cranberry Beans or Cargamanto
Easy recipe for the Red Cranberry Beans or Cargamanto

Red Cranberry Beans or Cargamanto are a very popular dish in Antioquia, Colombia. They are prepared with pork hocks, carrots, green bananas, and Colombian spices. This dish is known as Antioquian Beans or Frijoles Antioqueños. My friend Erica Dinho from My Colombian Recipes has published the authentic recipe for Frijoles Antioqueños, check it HERE.

Cargamanto beans are also known as Cranberry, Roman, Madeira or Borlotti
Cargamanto beans are also known as Cranberry, Roman, Madeira or Borlotti

Cargamanto beans are also known as Cranberry, Roman, Madeira or Borlotti. In Mexico there is a variety within the family of cargamanto beans called peanut beans, but it is beige with red spots and it is used to prepare tarascan soup. A recipe that I will publish soon.

Ingredients for making the red cranberry beans
Ingredients for making the red cranberry beans

Even Italian cuisine likes to use the red cranberry beans for the famous soup known as pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans). As the creaminess of this beans allows the soup to be succulent. Both beans, cargamanto or red cranberry and peanut make a tasty and concentrated broth because they have a thin skin and the beans are dense and smooth. Watch the video for details.

I found the red cranberry beans in a Latino supermarket and they caught my attention because are big and colorful. I had never prepared them and decided to do some tests in my kitchen with them. In my Mexican cuisine, beans are an essential ingredient. And in the Cuban cuisine too.

Receta para preparar los Frijoles Cargamanto Rojos

Red Cranberry Beans How to Cook Them

Chef Adriana Martin
Cooking the red cranberry beans Mexican style using the pressure cooker, with onion, garlic, water, oregano, cumin and salt. A grilling season yummy side.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican Cuisine
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups red cranberry beans
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
  • 1 tablespoon corn oil

Instructions
 

  • Clean the red cranberry beans with running water and remove any impurities. Pour the beans in the pressure cooker.
  • Add the spices, the garlic, the onion, the water and the corn oil. Close the pressure cooker and cook the beans for 45 minutes.
  • Beans will be ready when soft and have plumped.

Notes

If you do not have a pressure cooker you can cook them on the stove in a cast iron pot or Dutch oven.
It will take more than two hours and the beans should be soaked in water overnight prior cooking.
You can replace the condiments in the list with sazón latino.
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At home I always have homemade beans available to pair with the meals. My husband does not forgive me. He always expects a bowl of beans on the table.

Incredibly flavorful Red Cranberry Beans
Incredibly flavorful Red Cranberry Beans

The red cranberry beans are great paring for grilling season. They go great with pork ribs and rice. As well as with avocado and cascabel taquera sauce. They are also ideal for making charro beans. With chorizo, jalapeños, onion and chopped tomato.

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I decided to prepare this red cranberry beans Mexican style. Used the pressure cooker to cook them, along with onion, garlic, water, oregano, cumin and salt. It is advisable to use the pressure cooker but do it with caution. The pressure cooker helps the beans to be ready in less than an hour and to be soft and appetizing. If you do not have a pressure cooker you can cook them on the stove in a cast iron pot or Dutch oven. It will take more than two hours and the beans should be soaked in water for at least one full night.

Red cranberry beans Mexican style using the pressure cooker, with onion, garlic, water, oregano, cumin and salt
Red cranberry beans Mexican style using the pressure cooker, with onion, garlic, water, oregano, cumin and salt.

Are you ready to prepare some red cranberry beans for your next grilling party. This are delicious!


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Mackenzie @ Food Above Gold

Beans are my absolute favorite food. Hands down! I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy them, and this is very intriguing to me! Can’t wait to try it!

Val

I’ve never heard of red cranberry beans before or tried beans prepared this way. I have had pasta e fagioli many times but with other beans.

Linda Omura

I’m going to make some pork ribs and rice and these beans now. You are making me so hungry. 🙂

Srivalli Jetti

This beans look like the perfect one to make for a meal..very nicely done!

Daniela Anderson

I love how nicely these beans are cooked, some can take forever to become soft, no matter for how long you cook them. Not quite sure l saw these type of beans in my local supermarket, but they make a nice and hearty meal.

Amy Nash

I have never heard of these beans but will have to look for them! Beans are one of my favorite staple foods.

Molly Kumar

WoW, the beans sounds really delicious and so easy to prepare too. I love beans and cook them a lot & I’ve seen these beans couple of times in the grocery store near our house but never bought as I didn’t know how to make them. I’m bookmarking your recipe and will try soon now 🙂 Thanks for the video, it just makes it look even more easy now.

soniya Saluja

This looks so delicious and inviting !! I have to say i have never hear or seen these beans .. I am gonna try searching this beans on amazon 🙂 Love the video !!

swathi

Looks delicious, I will try recipe as I am always looking forward new beans recipes as my family like it.

Noel Lizotte

I love beans…in fact, I haven’t met a bean I didn’t like. But I’ve never knowingly had cranberry beans. I’ll have to check my Latin market to see if I can get some. Thanks for the introduction!

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