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All Recipes, Main Dishes / February 17, 2023

Spanish Beans with Rice & Potatoes | Possibly the BEST Bean Stew EVER

These Spanish Beans with Rice & Potatoes, known as Recao de Binéfar, is considered to be one of the oldest recipes that hail from Spain. It´s filled with flavors, made with affordable ingredients and all done in about 40 minutes. Serve this stew next to a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine for a complete and nourishing meal.

Spanish Beans with Rice & Potatoes
For the beans, I used canned white beans. Just to make things easier and quicker. If you prefer to use dried white beans. Soak them overnight in plenty of water and then simmer the following day between 1 to 2 hours or until tender.

Spanish Beans with Rice & Potatoes
For the rice I used long grain rice, but you can use any type of rice you like. Just make sure to not rinse the rice under water. Otherwise it will wash out the starch. Which is one of the elements that helps thicken up the stew.

Spanish Beans with Rice & PotatoesTIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: When you cut the potatoes, make sure to cut them into smaller bite-sized pieces. That way they evenly cook with the rice. For the liquid I used vegetable broth, but you can also use water or even chicken broth if you like.

Spanish Beans with Rice & Potatoes

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish Beans with Rice & Potatoes
5 from 6 votes

Spanish Beans with Rice & Potatoes | Recao de Binéfar

Course Main Course, Stew
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 604 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 45 ml
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp hot smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 2 cans white beans 15.5 oz / 440 grams each
  • 6 cups vegetable broth 1400 ml
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1/2 cup long grain rice 100 grams
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • fresh parsley


  1. Heat a stock pot with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  2. After a couple of minutes add in the onion finely chopped and the garlic roughly chopped, mix continuously with the olive oil

  3. Once the onion is translucent, about 4 minutes, add in the paprika and quickly mix together, then add in the canned white beans (drained & rinsed) and the vegetable broth, raise to a high heat, season with sea salt, black pepper and 1 bay leaf, mix and bring to a boil

  4. Meanwhile, cut the potatoes (peeled) into bite-sized pieces

  5. Once the broth comes to a boil, add in the potatoes, mix together and bring back to a boil, then add in the rice, give it one final mix, then place a lid on the stock pot and lower to a low-medium heat

  6. After 15 to 20 minutes remove the lid, at this point the potatoes and rice should be fully cooked through, you can always pierce the potatoes with a toothpick to ensure they are done, as for the rice you are looking for plump grains, remove from the heat

  7. Transfer the stew into shallow bowls and garnish with fresh parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spanish Beans with Rice & Potatoes | Recao de Binéfar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 604 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 1771mg51%
Carbohydrates 101g34%
Fiber 19g79%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 251IU5%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 230mg23%
Iron 9mg50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Janet

    5 stars
    I just came across your recipe and made it for dinner. I was looking for something quick, easy, and with items I already had on hand. I didnt have hot smoked paprika and used regular smoked paprika. It was delicious. Wish I could post a picture. It was proclaimed a hit by my whole family! Thanks for sharing.

    31 . May . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      31 . May . 2024
  2. Ricky

    This recipe sounds amazing! I plan on making it tonight! Can you save it and reheat the next couple of days?

    01 . Apr . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely! Just add in more liquid when you reheat, just in case all the liquid got absorbed by the rice 🙂 Much love

      01 . Apr . 2023
  3. Sheila

    5 stars
    Delicious, simple to make and now a new comfort food for my family. It’s always so fine to find a recipe that pleases everyone”s tastebuds

    29 . Mar . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      29 . Mar . 2023
  4. Deana Wagner

    5 stars
    The soup is just as described, food for the soul. Easy to make, simple ingredients. Delicious. I will be making it again and I am sharing the recipe with a friend.

    07 . Mar . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      08 . Mar . 2023
  5. Catherina A Fitzgerald

    5 stars
    Everything about this stew is perfect! Economical, easy, comforting and filling. Just wish I had it at the beginning of winter. I added some sliced, cooked Chorizo which was just gilding the Lily because the recipe is delicious as it! Thank you.

    03 . Mar . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      06 . Mar . 2023
  6. Luka

    Can the quantity of beans possibly be correct? Almost a kilogram of beans?

    01 . Mar . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes, each can of beans is 440 grams before being drained 🙂 Much love!

      02 . Mar . 2023
  7. Jayne

    5 stars
    Loved the dish!!! Made it with Rancho Gordo Heirloom Beans (from scratch). Worth the extra effort. Really enjoyed the simplicity of this dish. The bean broth (liquid gold) subbed in part for the vegetable broth. Love your videos.

    28 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Much love

      28 . Feb . 2023
  8. Chrissy

    5 stars
    Just made this for lunch, its absolutely delicious, full of flavour, certainly will be repeating this dish. Thanks so much Albert for another great recipe x

    18 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      19 . Feb . 2023
  9. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me i never had spanish beans with rice and potatoes before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    17 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Have a great weekend 🙂 Much love

      19 . Feb . 2023

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