Habichuelas is a Filipino dish of Spanish origins prepared with white beans slowly cooked with tomatoes, pork, and Chorizo de Bilbao.

When I was young, one of the easy go to meals my grandmother prepares was this dish, the Habichuelas. I totally understand why, it’s easy to make, it’s quite inexpensive, it’s very filling, its delicious and my grandfather is partly Spanish so her recipe might have been handed down by my grandpa. Budget wise apart from the Chorizo, everything seems to be affordable and if Chorizo is out of your budget then other preserved meats can work too. Bacon, ham, and other sausages are welcome in this nice bowl of bean stew.

A very hearty stew which is partly creamy from the beans and partly spicy from the Chorizo and a bit meaty from the cubed pork butt or shoulders that this dish is cooked with. In Spain this is usually served on its own but in the Philippines where rice is consumed anywhere and anytime of the day, it is served as an ulam so how it is made back home will be tastier then the original Spanish version since we add more salt and meat to it. Traditionally my grandma used to soak white beans on water overnight then boil them for several hours, while that is the proper way to do it, I find it quite time consuming so for our recipe today we will be using canned white beans, to save time and even cooking gas. Results are similar but I may be biased, I just wish my grandmother was still alive to confirm the results.

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Habichuelas is a Filipino dish of Spanish origins prepared with white beans slowly cooked with tomatoes, pork, and Chorizo de Bilbao.


  • 4 cans 400 g white beans, drained
  • 500 g pork shoulder, cut into small cubes
  • 2 pcs Chorizo, sliced
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups pork stock
  • 1 white onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pcs tomatoes, diced
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • fish sauce
  • oil


  1. In a pot add oil then sauté garlic and onions.
  2. Add the cubed pork then brown it on all sides.
  3. Add the chorizo then continue to cook for a minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes then continue to cook until tomatoes are soft.
  5. Pour water and pork stock then bring it to a boil, lower heat then simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Mash white beans from one can, mix well with the soup and let it thicken for 5 minutes
  7. Add the rest of the white beans (not mashed) into the pot, bring back to a boil then season with fish sauce and freshly ground black pepper. Simmer for 15 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Turn the heat off then serve.


10 Responses

  1. This looks hearty, appetizing and jam packed with flavours!

  2. Chef Mimi says:

    This is fabulous. Then I saw fish sauce. Wow. I can seriously say that I’ve never used fish sauce in any kind of beans. I cannot wait to try this!

  3. Mmm, this looks absolutely comforting and delicious, perfect for a winter’s day!

  4. Raymund, this dish reminds me of the Spanish recipe Fabada Asturiana, which has white beans, chorizo, and sausages. Yum, I’ll be right over (after the borders are open, of course)!

  5. suituapui says:

    My girl bought a can of white beans once – I guess we did not know how to cook so it was not really nice, not anything we would want to buy again.

  6. I’m not familiar with Habichuelas, but I do know that I love a good creamy, hearty bowl of soup. This looks fantastic, Raymund – perfect for the really cold weather we’ve got here right now!

  7. White beans and pork are just magic together. This looks lovely — a recipe that’s new to me, but at the same time familiar because of its main ingredients. Good stuff — thanks.

  8. Mmm, that looks so warm, hearty, and comforting! Exactly what I could go for right about now.

  9. mjskitchen says:

    I have become a huge fan of white beans in the past couple of years and normally end up just going an Italian route. I love this dish and the simplification of it. The combination of the beans with both pork shoulder and chorizo sounds ldeal. Thanks!

  10. Your Habichuelas bean dish looks terrific and is very similar to a Brazilian bean dish I make with black beans. I know my husband would especially enjoy this recipe.

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