Uncle Luke Beans (Judías Blancas a Lo Tío Lucas)

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

According to "The Book of Spanish Cuisine," these "Jewish Uncle to Luke Beans" are a typical dish of Madrid cuisine made from beans cooked with pork fat. The dish is named after Uncle Luke, owner of a tavern in Madrid at Sevilla street. This recipe was very popular between 1850 and 1865, and is still served in some Madrid bars.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the beans in large pot of cold water; bring to a boil; drain; cover with 1 quart of water.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients except salt and cook, covered, over low heat at least 45 minutes, or until beans are tender. Add salt and cook slowly another 10 minutes.
  3. Serve with sardines, if desired.


Most Helpful

We enjoyed these beans -- they make a nice hearty meal or side; especially if you want to serve them over rice. Loved the flavors. Made for PRMR, August, 2013

DailyInspiration August 17, 2013

I found some Jamon Serrano and used that instead of the ham! Expensive, yes, but definitely worth it. My guests at my tapas party raved about the beans!!

Member #610488 July 23, 2012

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