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White Northern Beans with Aji Verde Sauce

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Beans are high in complex carbohydrates, protein and dietary fiber, low in fat, calories and completely cholesterol-free. Eating as little as a half a cup of beans a day can be beneficial in reaching your dietary needs. These beans were a hit with my family, all that was leftover was this little bit shown here over rice, topped with aji verde sauce.

This past weekend my little girl turned one! It’s hard to believe a year has gone by, it seems like just yesterday she was a born, and now she’s a happy one year old, talking, singing, eating real food, and almost walking!

We had a small family gathering to celebrate her birthday, and I went with a Peruvian theme. We had Peruvian chicken with aji verde sauce, rice, avocados and beans. Sounds good? It was and everyone loved it!

Making beans are an economical way to make a lot of food without spending too much. A pound of dry beans makes about 6 cups cooked and usually costs around a dollar. I always make my beans in my pressure cooker because it cuts the cooking time in half.

The aji verde sauce is great over chicken, rice, beans or plantains.

White Beans with Aji Verde Sauce

4.34 from 3 votes
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Cals:115.7
Protein:7.1
Carbs:21.6
Fat:0.4
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Beans are high in complex carbohydrates, protein and dietary fiber, low in fat, calories and completely cholesterol-free. Eating as little as a half a cup of beans a day can be beneficial in reaching your dietary needs. These beans were a hit with my family, all that was leftover was this little bit shown here over rice, topped with aji verde sauce.
Yield: 12 servings
Serving Size: 1 /2 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 lb dry northern beans, or navy beans
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes, I like Knorr
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon adobo seasoning
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Aji Verde Sauce (makes 3 1/4 cups)

  • 10 jalapeño peppers, seeded
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream

Instructions

Instant Pot White Beans

  • Add beans and 8 cups of water to the pressure cooker.
  • Add the pork bone, green pepper and bay leaf and cook high pressure 50 minutes, natural release.
  • Meanwhile in a large skillet, add olive oil, chopped onion, garlic, cilantro, chicken bullion, cumin, and adobo seasoning season and cook over medium-low heat until onions are soft, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • When pressure dissolves open the lid and remove ham hock and discard the bay leaf. Transfer 4 cups of the beans and liquid to a blender and puree until smooth, then add back to the pressure cooker.
  • Press saute and add the onion mixture to beans and mix well.
  • Continue cooking beans, uncovered about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until beans are thickened to your liking. Taste for salt and adjust if needed.

Aji Verde Sauce:

  • To make the sauce, place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

Last Step:

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 /2 cup, Calories: 115.7 kcal, Carbohydrates: 21.6 g, Protein: 7.1 g, Fat: 0.4 g, Fiber: 6.7 g

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40 comments on “White Northern Beans with Aji Verde Sauce”

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    Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen

    Happy birthday to your little girl! What an exciting time! 🙂 These beans look delicious – as does the sound of the rest of the menu!

  2. I had no idea that beans were soooo beneficial. I will definitely try to incorporate them more – thanks for the lesson 🙂

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    The green sauce is a little spicy, not over the top. If you don't like spicy food, leave it out.

    You can make the beans in a regular pot, you'll just have to cook them covered for about 2 hours or until soft for step one.

    The sell pork bones in the supermarket or butcher, I buy them for soups and sauce. They add nice flavor, then I discard it after. If there is meat on the bone it's ok, but that's not factored into the points.

    I use my pressure cooker a lot! But people are afraid of them or don't know how to use them. I will male a label for pressure cooker recipes for those of you who own them.

  4. Hi Gina, question: I have a pressure cooker and I noticed you do not have any pressure cooker recipes. Do you plan to in the future??? Would love some!! I do roasts, chicken, risotto etc…

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    james and andre'a

    this sounds delicious! is it spicy with the jalapenos? thank you! p.s.) I love your blog. I get the e-mails and they're so helpful!

  6. I made this today for lunch and it was delicious! Everyone loved the sauce…though my hands are burning because I did not use gloves when chopping and seeding the jalapeños. Thanks for all your great recipes!

  7. I've been searching for the perfect satay recipe for a while now… shall have to give yours a try!

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    Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures

    happy birthday to your baby! they grow up wayyy too fast! enjoy it while you can! and the beans look amazing! 🙂

  9. I am so happy I got to try these this weekend! They were a hit! Loved them Gee. thanks for a wonderful day, as usual… xoxo

  10. Hi Gina! Love your recipes. This looks great. If I don't have a pressure cooker, how long would you recommend cooking on just a regular stove top or even crock pot?

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    Olga @ MangoTomato

    happy birthday to your daughter!!!! the recipe looks great. I'd just skip the soaking step and buy canned beans, but everything else: yum!