Amanda's Frijoles

It’s August! (Eng), agosto (Spa), août (Fre), August (Ger) - hey for once German is the easy one!

That must mean it’s about time for another #LingogoChallenge so roll up your sleeves my friends. Here she is:


August #LingogoChallenge:

Eat a typical meal from a country where people speak your target language. 

*Extra points if you cook the meal yourself and speak your target language while eating it!


Easy, right?! Take a pic of yourself completing our challenge and pop it up on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #LingogoChallenge in the comments. We’ll pick our favourite snap for a free Lingogo Story at the end of the month.

We're huge fans of eating everything at Lingogo so we can't wait to see your snaps.

We’re at a Spanish School in Antigua, Guatemala at the moment. We’ve been staying with an amazingly kind homestay family and being spoiled with three cooked meals a day. We figured we’d kickstart the #LingogoChallenge by sharing a very simple recipe of what has become our favourite meal here. 

It ain’t the prettiest of dishes. But it’s damn nutritious, delicious, super cheap and an easy option for any Spanish learners looking for a #LingogoChallenge dish. 

Enjoy! Get inspired! And keep practising your target language!


Amanda’s Frijoles

(A Guatemalan staple)



Olive oil

1 x Onion

5 x Cloves of garlic 

400g Dried black beans (or a couple cans and skip the soak if you’re feeling lazy)

Salt (to taste)



  1. Rinse beans well under cold water.
  2. Pop beans in a large pot. Add cold water - you want the level to sit a couple cms above your beans.
  3. Soak overnight.
  4. Rinse beans again.
  5. Add 2 whole cloves of garlic and half an onion (roughly chopped) to the pot (dice the other half of the onion and put to the side for later).
  6. Bring pot to the boil then reduce heat and simmer until beans are soft (approx. 1 hour depending on the age of your beans).
  7. Remove beans from heat. Stir, taste and add salt to taste while you let cool.
  8. Transfer bean mixture to a blender and blend till smooth.
  9. Add oil to a large skillet and heat.
  10. Add the remaining half onion and 3 cloves of minced garlic. Sauté for 5 mins or until onions are soft.
  11. Add bean mixture.
  12. Reduce heat to medium and stir mixture occasionally until it thickens (approx. 15-20 mins).
  13. These beans are best when they’re quite thick! Keep on the heat until you can scrape your spoon against the bottom of the pan and it takes about 3 seconds for the beans to cover it again.

Serve with a couple tortillas, an egg, a sprinkle of cheese and some salsa. Buen provecho!


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