Beef chunks with handres beans

| August 23, 2014 | 4 Replies

The diverse family of beans also includes the handres beans which can be found in the farmer’s market fresh or dried. Cooked together with the beef chunks this Greek traditional recipe multiplies the source of protein and enhances both the meaty texture and flavor. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Servings: 4

You need:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil beer chunks with handres beans
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 800-850g beef top round, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1,5kg fresh handres beans, pods removed
  • salt and pepper
  • water


Heat a large pot with a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Saute the onions and the tomato paste for a few minutes.

Add the beef chunks; seal the meat quickly on all sides. Pour into the pot 1-2 cups of water; cover and cook the meat for 10 minutes. Add the handres beans.

Add enough of water to just cover the surface of ingredients. Simmer (lid on) until the beans are cooked through.

Turn the heat off; season with salt and pepper.

Handres [ha:dres] beans are delicate and full of flavor type of beans. Handres means beads in the Greek language and there are typically (traditionally) cooked either with pork or beef chunks.

As you see in the second picture they have this delicate off-white color with some light red splashes scattered around.

Raw handres do not need soaking in prior!

The beans become mushy after a long time of cooking, so it’ s up to you whether you will let them overcooked or still keep their normal texture.

beef chunks with handres beans

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  1. Maria P. says:

    I like this dish a lot; healthy and delicious at the same time! Thanks for reminding!

  2. georgia says:

    an amazing greek recipe for every season!!

  3. kiveli says:

    I just ate handres beans today…I think the chunks of meat are a nice add to them..I will try it the next time.

  4. Mar Lg says:

    Συνταγή με πληθωρική και δυνατή γεύση και παράλληλα οικονομικότερη απ΄ότι φαίνεται, γιατί η συγκεκριμένη δοσολογία βγάζει ακόμα μία μερίδα.ΧΟΡΤΑΙΝΕΙΣ!!!

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