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Chilean Porotos con Mote Recipe A Southern Delight
Chilean Porotos con Mote Recipe A Southern Delight

A classic recipe hailing from southern Chile, though cherished throughout the country, especially comforting during winter days.

How to make Porotos con Mote?

The preparation of “porotos con mote” (beans) requires a bit of time, but the result is a delicious blend that’s well worth it. Here’s how to make this traditional recipe.

Nutritional Information

Category: Main Courses
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 400
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 60 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Chilean Porotos (Beans) con Mote Recipe


  • 400 g white beans
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups cooked wheat “mote”
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 ½ liters of water
  • 1 ½ cups pumpkin, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Fresh basil
  • Oregano
  • Aji de color or merkén
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. In a large bowl, reserve the beans, cover with plenty of water, and soak for at least 12 hours. Then, remove impurities and rinse. Set aside.
  2. In a medium pot, boil the wheat “mote” in plenty of water for about 30 minutes or until tender. Strain, cool, and set aside.
  3. In a large pot, add the soaked beans and cover with cold water, add a teaspoon of salt, bring to a boil, and cook over medium heat for about 40 minutes or until tender. Add the pumpkin and “mote,” stir with a wooden spoon to integrate, and continue cooking for another 20 minutes or until everything is well-cooked.
  4. In a medium skillet, add butter and heat over high heat until melted. Add the onion, carrots, chopped pepper, and sauté for about 5 minutes. Season to taste, add garlic, oregano, aji de color or merkén, bay leaves, and incorporate everything into the pot with the beans, stirring to integrate aromas and flavors.
  5. Serve “porotos con mote” immediately, piping hot, topped with parsley and basil.

Tips for cooking homemade beans

  • Soak the beans fully covered in cold water and rinse them before cooking with fresh water.
  • Ideally, serve “porotos con mote” in preheated clay dishes and optionally accompany them with a freshly made Chilean salad or pickled onions.

Did you know?

If you’re familiar with using a pressure cooker, you can opt for this faster cooking alternative, although it requires some experience to determine the exact cooking time. Enjoy this delicious Chilean recipe!


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