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Tico tasty beans recipe

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Published on Friday, August 11, 2023

By Melissa Pette

This week, our new friends, Andy and Gary Strehlow, invite us to try their tasty recipe for their Tico-Mexican hot beans.

The Strehlows left Germany and now live their wonderful years as pensioners in Costa Rica.

"Many might no be surprised to learn that the breathtaking tropical landscape, affordable real estate prices and low taxes attract Germans to live in Costa Rica," said Andy.

Starting with low pensions in Germany, retirees can expect an average gross pension of 1,600 in the old federal states and an average gross pension of 1,500 in the new federal states, they said. "Worse still, many who live on federal pensions come to a little over 1,400."

"The reason for this is often that a low pension has motivated us at 65 to move to a country where the cost of living is more affordable," Andy said.

The Strehlows first lived in Mexico for a couple of years. But after a vacation trip to Costa Rica, they "fell in love with this beautiful little country," they said.

Among the main reasons they took into account to live in Costa Rica were escaping German winter and having a pleasant climate and sunshine all year round. Also, in Costa Rica, they said they can afford a much better standard of living with the same money. It's more affordable to buy a property, rent a lovely big apartment, and eat out regularly in restaurants.

They now are living their "happily ever after." They have found new friends. They are members of a renowned German community and they are also learning a new language which they said is "exciting and inspiring."

Going back to the recipe, Andy and Gary invited us to try their spicy beans recipe, which they discovered in Mexico and have adapted to the Tico culinary style.

So, let's go to the kitchen!

To serve 8 guests, the ingredients are:

  • 1 pound of beans.

  • 2 cloves of peeled garlic.

  • 1 white onion (1/2 whole, chopped).

  • 2 chopped tomatoes.

  • 3 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro.

  • Salt.

  • Water.

  • 1 teaspoon of powdered chicken broth.

  • 1 sliced jalapeno pepper.

  • 5 ounces of bacon cut into small pieces.

  • 5 ounces of chorizo.

  • 5 ounces of pork rinds in small pieces (optional).

  • 2 sliced turkey sausages (optional).

First, leave a pot of uncooked beans covered in water overnight. Soaking the beans overnight will reduce cooking time and intestinal gas.

The following day, replace the water - adding a sufficient amount to begin cooking.

As the water reaches its boiling point, add half the onion and garlic cloves.

Cook until done, then add salt according to taste.

In a frying pan with a small amount of cooking oil, fry the bacon and chorizo for about 4-5 minutes.

Add the chopped onion, chili pepper, and tomato and continue to fry.

Add the fried ingredients to the pot of beans.

Once the mixture is brought to a boil, add the cilantro, pork rinds, and sausages. Season with salt and powdered chicken broth.

Serve hot.

This delicious hot beans recipe is a great side dish for any BBQ.

Have a Pura Vida weekend! 


Find more tasty step-by-step Costa Rican food recipes on the AM Costa Rica Food & Good Eating page. You are invited to share your favorite recipes with a horizontal photo of the dish by emailing food@amcostarica.com