Red Beans (Trinidad)

"A typical Trinidadian side dish that is quick and easy to prepare for those busy week nights. You can't mess this up it's so easy. The measurements given are just guidelines, adjust to your preference."
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Ready In:


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium onion (rough or finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 12 inch square gingerroot (finely chopped)
  • 1 (10 ounce) can red kidney beans (drained. You can use cooked dried beans but that takes a longer time)
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 12 cup water (or less)
  • salt (optional)


  • Saute onions garlic and ginger on high heat until fragrant ( about 2 minutes).
  • Add the drained kidney beans, ketchup and 1/2 cup of water and stir.
  • I don't bother adding salt to this, as the brine that the beans were soaked in is sufficient. However if you wish you can salt to taste.
  • Cover and simmer until the sauce has thickened. (About 5-10mins). It depends on how much water you put inches.
  • NB. When cooking in the US and Canada I found that North American ketchups tend to be more tart and acidic than Caribbean ones.
  • For an authentic caribbean flavour, add sugar to the sauce 1 tsp at a time until you get the desired sweetness.

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  1. UmmBinat
    Was not too special but is fast. I made mine sweet.
  2. Sealy
    Really good for something so quick and easy to make!
  3. lindseylcw
    a quick, easy and delicious side dish.
  4. Tee Lee
    These were really good, I really liked the ginger with the beans, it was a different taste, but still good. Thanks.
  5. echo echo
    This was really good, subtly spicy and quite satisfying. I served it with two other de Roché recipes for a tasty Trinidad & Tobago dinner: Recipe #204926 and Recipe #205416. All three were 5-star and how often does that happen?


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