Peruvian Bean Soup

Peruvian Bean Soup

I am one of those people who makes it a habit to “troll” the grocery store looking for ingredients that I have never used before to share with my family.  Yesterday I found some dried Peruvian Beans in the Latin section of my favorite store.  Peruvian beans are also known as Mayocoba Beans, Peruano Beans or Canary Beans.  Peruvian Beans are a yellowish ivory color and are similar in texture to a pinto bean when cooked.  Quite frankly, I’m surprised that I have not noticed these wonderful little beans before.  Now that I have found and tried them, I am  a complete fan.  Love them…

Peruvian Beans

Sunday afternoon is the time when I like to prepare lunches to eat during my busy workweek.  While at work, I try my best to avoid fast food during my lunch hour.   I have found that it is quicker and so much healthier to have home cooked foods prepared in advance that I can bring to work with me that I can simply toss in the microwave and heat.  No fuss with take out, tastes great and it’s even easier on my pocketbook.

My Peruvian Bean Soup is hearty, easy to make and good for you.  It is similar to a navy bean soup with ham but is a bit different for the soup is golden in color and there’s a smidge of heat from the jalapenos and cayenne pepper.  It’s really good!  Enjoy!  Tessa


  • 1/2 pound dried Peruvian Beans or 1 1/4 cup (soaked overnight)
  • 1 quart vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped ham
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp minced jalapeno (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garnish with cilantro and chopped red pepper

Begin by washing and picking over the Peruvian Beans.  Soak in about 4 cups water overnight.  Rinse well before adding to the soup.  Add all  ingredients to a medium sized pot.  Cook covered until beans are tender or to your liking. My beans took about 2 1/2 hours on low.  Makes about 6 servings.

10 thoughts on “Peruvian Bean Soup

    1. Tessa

      Thank you Weng! I can’t wait to see what you dish up. I am sure that it will be gorgeous as usual :).

  1. Snippets of Thyme

    I, too, get completely tickled when I have a recipe that lists an ingredient I have never heard of before. I google it and then search the stores as if on an exotic hunt of some sort. My latest was anise stars…

    1. Tessa

      Hi Sarah! I’m currently on the lookout for pigeon peas. Can’t find them locally yet… Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Tessa

      Hi Beti! Thank you! I am happy with how the soup turned out. I am already thinking of different ways to use up the rest of the beans. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Simply Tia

    I’ve never had Peruvian bean but this soup looks very filling and comforting! I really like it Tessa. Especially that ham in there – I’m such a big ham-in-soup fan!

    1. Tessa

      Thanks Tia! I hope that you can find these beans in a store near you. Hearing that you like legumes, I am pretty sure that you would enjoy preparing these beans. And BTW, I’m still on the hunt for those pigeon peas…

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