Salvadoran Red Bean & Loroco Soup, Under Pressure

Salvadoran red beans are small and dark, dark red. Our neighborhood Salvadoran grocery store sells easily 15 different brands of these beautiful little beans, all imported from El Salvador. They have a fresh, sweet flavor and rich, creamy texture. Loroco is a yellow flower bud, also from El Salvador, and is often used as a flavoring for Salvadoran cheese pupusas. It has an exotic scent and flavor that goes very well with the beans. And if you still don’t have a pressure cooker, what are you waiting for?  It saves, time, energy, and it’s shiny.

Presto 8-Quart Pressure Cooker

Salvadoran Red Bean & Loroco Soup, Under Pressure
makes about 3 quarts

20 ounces Salvadoran red beans
4 ounces loroco, minced
4 ounces minced onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 ounce dried epazote, stemmed & crumbled

Combine all ingredients and 12 cups cold water in pressure cooker. Cover and bring to pressure over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook for 45 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to rest for 15 minutes, then release pressure.

Ladle 3 cups beans & liquid from pot and purée in blender; return to soup, stir well, taste for salt and serve. Great with a little white or brown rice.

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3 Responses to Salvadoran Red Bean & Loroco Soup, Under Pressure

  1. manju says:

    Hi –
    We’re going to have to try this recipe — it sounds incredibly good! We just moved to an area with a large Salvadorean population so I’m learning about all these wonderful ingredients like loroco and these tiny red beans. Found your site doing a search about the beans, and this is the best recipe for them I’ve seen.

    I’ve tried pupusas with cheese-loroco filling, but I’m excited to try lorocos in a different way. I’ll have to use either bottled or frozen buds since I’ve never seen them fresh.

    Thanks for the recipe — I’ll be using a slow-cooker but otherwise will keep to your recipe. ; )

  2. jennifer baker says:

    where can i order loroco??

  3. John Herring says:

    Don’t know if you can order it anywhere, Jennifer. I got it at my local Latino supermarket (Foodway, at the corner of South Glebe & Mount Vernon Avenue, in Alexandria, VA. If you have a neighborhood nearby with a large concentration of Central American immigrants, take a look in the produce section of a small grocery store there. You might get lucky. Good luck!

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