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All Recipes, Main Dishes / November 29, 2021

Spanish Poor Man´s Bean Stew | Potaje de Alubias a lo Pobre Recipe

This Spanish Poor Man´s Bean Stew, is truly one of Spain´s most iconic dishes. It´s made with the humblest ingredients, filled with so many great flavors and easy to make. Serve it next to a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine for the ultimate Spanish experience.

Spanish Poor Man´s Bean Stew
This is a dish that dates back hundreds of years, where Spanish farmers would grown their own ingredients to create dishes just like this. Healthy, affordable and filling your body with so much goodness.

Spanish Poor Man´s Bean Stew
To make this recipe, I used plain small dried white beans. But you can use any dried white beans you like. Such as navy beans or cannellini beans. Of course, you can take the short-cut here and use canned white beans instead. But to keep things traditonal, I used dried white beans.

Spanish Poor Man´s Bean Stew

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: The secret to working with dried beans is easy. First rinse them and then soak in water for at least 8 hours. Once you add them into the pan, add the liquid and bring to a boil. Then place a lid and lower to a low-medium heat. In my case, it took 1 hour to cook the beans, but it might take you less or more. Just keep and eye on them after 45 minutes, and add more liquid as needed. Remember to season at the end, otherwise the beans will take longer to cook and end up with a tough texture.

Spanish Poor Man´s Bean Stew

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish Poor Man´s Bean Stew

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Resting Time 12 hours
Servings 2
Calories 518 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1 cup dried white beans 180 grams
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1/2 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 5 cups vegetable broth 1200 ml
  • 2 bay leafs
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Measure out 1 cup dried white beans, add into a colander and rinse under cold water, making sure to remove any broken beans and/or debris, then transfer the beans into a large bowl, add in 4 cups (1 liter) cold water and let the beans sit for 8 to 16 hours

  2. After at least 8 hours, drain the beans back into the colander and give them one final rinse under cold water

  3. Heat a stock pot with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  4. After 2 minutes, add in 1/2 onion finely diced and 4 cloves garlic roughly chopped, mix with the olive oil, after 3 minutes and the onions are translucent, add in 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika, quickly mix together, then add in the rinsed beans and mix, next add in 5 cups vegetable broth and 2 bay leafs, raise the heat to a high heat and bring to a boil, then place a lid on the pan and lower the heat to a low-medium heat

  5. After 1 hour, the beans should be perfectly cooked, remove the lid (if your beans are still not done, cook for another 10 to 30 minutes, adding more broth as needed), season with sea salt & black pepper, gently mix together and simmer for another 2 minutes, then remove from the heat

  6. Transfer into shallow bowls and sprinkle with finely chopped parsley, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Spanish Poor Man´s Bean Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 518 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Sodium 891mg39%
Potassium 1895mg54%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 19g79%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 261mg26%
Iron 11mg61%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Evangelina

    This is an easy, wonderful way to cook the beans, especially if you’re not really a cook. Can you use other kinds of beans, like navy beans or pinto beans? Thanks fir the great recope.

    12 . Jun . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes any type of bean can be used here 🙂 Much love

      13 . Jun . 2023
  2. Chas

    5 stars
    Thank you oh so very much!

    21 . Mar . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      22 . Mar . 2023
  3. Marina

    5 stars
    Just made this for dinner here in Australia & we are totally in love with this dish! It is so flavourful, though only using basic ingredients. We followed your recipe exactly & it turned out fantastic! Thank you for sharing this beautiful Spanish dish with us!

    06 . Dec . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      07 . Dec . 2021
  4. Joe Vee

    5 stars
    EXCELLENT! (but then, I love all kind of beans . . .)

    02 . Dec . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes!! me too 🙂 Much love

      03 . Dec . 2021
  5. Johan

    5 stars
    if you use canned beans- do we reduce the amount of broth or the same amount?

    30 . Nov . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      I would add in about 1 1/2 cups (350 ml) broth and then add in more if needed 🙂 much love

      30 . Nov . 2021

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