Red Bean Stew (Honduran Frijoles Parados)

This Honduran Red Bean Stew is a delicious way to enjoy red beans cooked in your pressure cooker. Frijoles Parados, as we call them in Honduras, is a hearty side dish enjoyed daily in Honduras. You'll love how flavorful this recipe is and you'll appreciate how easy it is to enjoy a taste of Honduras at home.

honduran red bean stew in a bowl garnished with cilantro

Nothing like a delicious bowl of Frijoles Parados, or Red Bean Stew. This dish is a staple in all Honduran homes and is enjoyed daily by many. Honduran beans are so flavorful and hearty and I’m very excited to share this recipe with you so you can also enjoy a little taste of Honduras in your home!

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What is Honduran Red Bean Stew?

Red Bean Stew or Frijoles Parados as we call them in Honduras, are just cooked whole beans but full of Honduran flavor. Frijoles Parados literally means “Standing Up Beans”. Funny name, right? Honduran Red Bean Stew is kind of like the charro beans you would eat at a Mexican restaurant but the flavor is completely different.

stewed red beans in a large bowl close up

In Honduras, we use a very dark, small red bean. You can find these Central American red beans in the Hispanic section of most supermarkets. They are sometimes labeled Salvadorean beans. If you can’t find them in your local store, you can use regular red beans.

How to Make Honduran Red Beans

For this recipe, you’ll need to start out with my Instant Pot Red Beans. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can cook your red beans on the stove in the same way I cook them in my pressure cooker, but it will take a lot longer. Once you have your cooked red beans, you will be ready for making the stewed beans, or frijoles parados.

overhead shot of a bowl of honduran red bean stew garnished with cilantro

You’ll need green peppers, onions, oil and a tiny bit of salt. You will also use some of the broth from when you cooked the beans.

First, you will sauté the vegetables in the oil until the onions are softened and the edges start to get golden. Next, you’ll slowly add the broth to the skillet and mix in the salt. Then add the cooked beans into the broth and gently mix them in. Don’t be too rough so the beans don’t fall apart. Once everything is mixed in, lower the heat and let them sit for approximately 5 minutes or until the broth has reduced to your desired amount of liquid.

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What Can I Eat With Red Bean Stew

This Red Bean Stew can certainly be enjoyed on its own. You can serve it in a bowl and eat away! Most commonly though, you can use it as a side dish for your favorite Mexican or Hispanic meals.

close up of honduran red beans in red bean stew

Another way to eat Red Bean Stew is to take it a step further and make Casamiento with the beans. Casamiento means “Marriage” and it’s our version of Rice & Beans. It was one of my favorite dishes growing up!

close up of red bean stew or honduran frijoles parados

You can also put these frijoles parados inside burritos, on tacos, and any other way you may use whole beans. They’re also great in a burrito bowl mixed with rice, beef and other goodies.

close up shot of red bean stew garnished with cilantro

In my home, we use them as a side to a traditional Honduran breakfast, which includes red beans, sometimes stewed and sometimes refried, eggs, plantain, and soft cheese. We also love eating them with tortillas. And pretty much every time we eat them, we top them with my homemade Honduran Crema or Mantequilla Rala.

honduran red bean stew

Let me know in the comments when you make this Honduran Red Bean Stew! I know you and your family will love it!

Honduran Red Bean Stew


5 from 1 vote
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
This hearty and healthy side dish is a staple at family dinner tables across Central America. Enjoy the wonderful Hispanic flavor of this simple side at your own table for your next meal.
side view of a bowl of red bean stew with cilantro for garnish

Essential Equipment

  • mesh strainer
  • stackable measuring cups


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil I use avocado oil
  • cup yellow onion diced
  • cup green bell pepper(s) diced
  • ½ cup bean broth strained with a fine mesh strainer
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt or to taste
  • 3 cups red beans cooked


  • Make your red beans using my recipe for Instant Pot Red Beans. The recipe will yield enough beans and broth for this bean stew recipe.
  • Sauté Vegetables: In a large heavy frying pan or skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil and cook the onion and green pepper, tossing occasionally, until the onion is lightly golden around the edges. About 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Cook Beans: Slowly add the broth and salt to the skillet and mix into the onion and pepper. Add the beans to the skillet and gently stir into the bean broth. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered and undisturbed for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 384mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 3mg

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