Recipe Feature – Abuela Beans

Happy early Veteran’s Day! Thank you to all of those who have served and are currently serving our country. Coming from a military family, I know what you do is not easy. You sacrifice so much more than people realize, but I’d like you to know that your service does not go unrecognized. We are able to live freely each and every day thanks to you. God bless you and your family!

On this lovely Friday, I would like to share a recipe with you. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many of you are probably scrambling to figure out the Turkey Day menu. I know this is not a Thanksgiving recipe, but it is definitely one that will make a great dinner leading up to the holiday. It is super simple and great for a house full of company. This particular recipe has been in my family for years, and I’m very excited to share it with you all! Enter “Abuela Beans”. “Abuela” translates to grandma in Spanish, and we named this dish after its creator, my Abuela. It has been shared with many of my friends who now make it for their families. Keep in mind these are college students, so that means the recipe is simple but also delicious!

What exactly are Abuela Beans? Abuela Beans is a hearty Colombian style chili great for busy nights or those days when you need comfort food. Essentially, it is ranch style beans, ground beef, tomato sauce, garlic and onion powder, and wine all simmered together in a giant pot. We top it with avocado, onion, tomato, cilantro, hot sauce, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. Plus since it’s a Spanish chili, we serve it with warmed flour tortillas. So whether you’re a college student needing a cheap meal prep recipe or the family cook looking for a meal that can feed a crowd, grab a tortilla and dive in!

Abuela Beans

(Serves 4 generously)


  • 2 15-oz. cans Ranch Style Beans
  • 1 8-oz. can no salt added/reduced sodium tomato sauce
  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder*
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder*
  • 1 tsp black pepper*
  • A splash of red wine*
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas
  • Condiments:
    • Reduced fat sour cream
    • Reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
    • Hot sauce (we prefer Sriracha)
    • Chopped cilantro
    • Diced onion
    • Diced tomato
    • Diced avocado
    • Lime juice

*This is a go by taste recipe, and these are estimates. Feel free to adjust according to your taste preferences.


  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and brown beef.
  2. Drain excess fat.
  3. Add beans, tomato sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and wine.
  4. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Serve in bowls garnished with desired toppings and warmed tortillas.

Nutrition Facts:

Serving size: 1/4 recipe and one tortilla

Calories: 443 kcal

Fat: 20.2 g

Saturated fat: 7 g

Cholesterol: 75 mg

Sodium: 1063.4 mg

Potassium: 787.1 mg

Carbs: 59.4 g

Fiber: 14.4 g

Sugars: 7.7 g

Protein: 35.9 g

Vitamin A: 9.5%

Vitamin C: 3.5%

Calcium: 14.1%

Iron: 36.5%


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