Beans. Love Them Or Hate Them, They’re Here To Stay.

With every culture, there is a staple to the cuisine. When it comes to Latin food, Nashua NH restaurants like Empanellies are serving up some of the best authentic choices in the region. For instance, let’s talk about one of the oldest, most savory side dishes around – beans. The pinto, black, and red bean are three of the most common. However, when crafting authentic Spanish-style beans, the red bean is the most commonly used.

Here is a closer look at the red bean and a quick, easy at-home recipe to try!


Red Beans

No matter what bean you consume, there are plenty of health benefits to be had. Containing calcium, magnesium, and potassium, red beans are one of the top choices for maintaining healthy blood pressure. Further, with nearly thirty different antioxidants, this bean is also one of the most antioxidant-rich foods available.

That said, it’s important to note that while some consider the ‘red bean’ to be the same as a kidney bean, most Spanish recipes call for the adzuki bean. The adzuki bean is smaller than the kidney bean and more round in size. However, the two beans are similar when it comes to taste, and the choice generally falls with preference.


Can’t make it to your favorite Nashua, NH restaurants? Here’s an easy at-home recipe.

While Empanellies is designed as a grab-and-go style restaurant, we understand that sometimes life just doesn’t allow you to come and visit us! This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t neglect your craving for authentic Latin food. Below is a quick and easy Spanish-style recipe for those busy days.



  • 2 cups cooked small red beans (or 2 cans, rinsed and drained)
  • 1 medium potato chopped
  • 1 small chopped sweet onion
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of broth – chicken or vegetable
  • Cilantro, minced garlic, smoked paprika, cumin
  • I packet of Goya Sazon

Begin by heating oil in a saucepan and cook onion, garlic, cumin, cilantro, and paprika. Stir frequently to avoid browning. Once translucent, add the beans, broth, potatoes, tomatoes, and sazon. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Add/adjust seasonings to taste and enjoy!


When it comes to Nashua, NH restaurants that serve up authentic Latin food, the choices are few and far between. Good thing you found Empanellies. 

Empanellies is located at 83 West Pearl Street in the heart of downtown Nashua. Offering a grab-and-go style menu, our restaurant is perfect for any day, any schedule, and any craving! We can’t wait to see you.