Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Homemade Caribbean Tortillas Served with Puerto Rican Beans (Dumplines Y Habichuelas)

In Puerto Rico this dish is called "Poor Man's Dinner." My Grandmother (95 yrs. old) told me that this dish was their main source of living when she was growing up. At that time poverty was all over the island and in order for the people there to survive and feed their families this was one of their main dishes. It is cheap to make, very filling, high in protein and it is delicious. This dish is still made today by the the islanders and it is served throughout the island as a delicacy in many of our hotels & casinos. I make this often for my family & friends by request and they absolutely love it so much that it is often requested at pot luck dinners and family gatherings. Many tourist who visit the island love this poor man's dinner...it is delicious.

Fried Tortilla Recipe

2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 envelope dry yeast
3 tablespoons non-dairy butter (softened)
1/3 c. shortening

In bowl 1...mix yeast and 1/3 c. hot water...set aside.

In bowl 2... mix flour & salt. Add butter & yeast mixture, mix in shortening. Add more hot water as needed... mix the dough as if you were mixing dough for bread. Knead well and as you knead the dough slowly dampen your hand into more shortening and spread the shortening into the dough on a floured counter, as you continue to knead the dough repeat rubbing your hands in more shortening and add it to the dough with more flour until the dough is soft and not sticky. Create a ball out of the dough, place it in a bowl cover with a clean dry towel, set aside for about 20 minutes.

Spanish Beans Recipe

1 lb. Beans (Pinto, Red, Pink or Kidney)
2 tablespoons of oil
1 Sazon envelope (buy it in any Spanish store)
2 Jamon envelopes (buy it in any Spanish store)
1/8 tsp. oregano
1/8 tsp. salt (use what you desire)
pinch of red crush pepper
pinch of black pepper
2 tablespoons of Sofrito
1/3 c. tomato sauce
1 potato (peeled, & cubed)

Sofrito Prep

5 cloves of garlic
1 green bell pepper
1 small bunch cilantro
1 med. onion
Put all ingredients in blender or food processor. Set aside.

In a non stick pot put in oil on med. heat. Add sofrito and simmer, add sazon, jamon....simmer for about 2 minutes. Add beans & tomato sauce, simmer then add 2 c. of water, salt, a pinch of black pepper & red crush pepper. Add oregano & potatoes, taste the sauce for any extra seasoning. Add as you wish. Boil on med. heat until potatoes are cooked. Make sure the beans have a nice thick sauce before serving.
Quick Tip:

To thicken bean sauce mash a few of the potatoes inside the beans for instant gravy.

As beans are cooking, knead one more time the your floured dough and divide into small size balls just like the picture below.

Place oil in a frying pan, as the oil heats up on Med. heat...shape your flour balls into a tortilla (small disc size) . Fry tortillas until they are golden brown. Place them in a paper toweled dish to drain the oil.

Serve Tortillas over beans. To eat break tortillas with your hands and smear the tortillas as you eat inside the bean sauce. Enjoy...it is so good I could eat this everyday.

Millie's Vegan Cuisine Kitchen


  1. that sounds like bakes and beans. It is funny how these poor man meals show up in restaurants these days. i an eat any dough fried in oil everyday too. Thanks again for an imformative post

  2. Yummy! I love beans.

    Absolutely adore the new look of your blog. Well done!

  3. These look amazing, especially the fried tortillas!


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