A Deliciously Simple Recipe for Traditional Caribbean Stewed Red Beans

Red beans, better known as kidney beans, is a sure addition to the traditional Sunday meal here in Trinidad and Tobago so much so, that it is also called Sunday Peas by all trini cooks.

Prep Time: 15minutes mins

Cook Time: 30minutes mins

Total Time: 45minutes mins

Course: Vegetarian

Cuisine: Caribbean

Servings: 6


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup red beans kidney beans
  • 2 pime2 pimento pepper seasoning peppers
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced pumpkin
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • 6 leaves chadon beni chopped
  • 2 tbsp green seasoning
  • 2 sprigs fine leaf thyme
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar optional
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • Salt to taste


  • Boil rice. Strain and set aside .
  • Clean and wash the red beans. Place in a deep pot and add hot water. Soak for 15 minutes.
  • Chop the onion, celery, pumpkin, and pimento pepper. Finely dice the rest of the herbs.
  • Put the beans to boil. Then add the chopped pumpkin, onion, garlic, celery and pimento pepper. Note: You may have to add about a cup of water and simmer for 5 minutes. Then cover and pressure cook for 30 minutes or until the beans are soft.
  • When the red beans are good enough, place in a separate pot and continue cooking. Add the chopped chadon beni, big leaf thyme and fine leaf thyme to the pot.
  • Allow to simmer for another 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, then the green seasoning, the optional sugar, and salt for taste. Allow to simmer until the excess water evaporates. Remove and serve with rice.

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