Anafres – Honduras Food

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By Kirsten Hubbard

Anafre is the name of the clay pot where usually hot coal is placed to heat up the plate placed on its top. As you can see it has several holes to let some oxygen in and keep the coal lit. Usually the top plate is also made of clay and what it contains is one of the most delicious appetizers in Honduras.

Usually the anafres contain fried red or black beans with cheese fondue on top. Also other ingredients that might be added are peppers and chorizo. In order to eat this delicious dip, tortilla chips accompany the appetizer.

If you want to make this you don’t actually need the clay pot, but usually it is nice to have one for decorative purposes. So if you are wondering how to make this wonderful appetizer, below you can find the ingredients and instructions:

Red or black beans
Mozzarella or any type of cheese that melts.
Tortilla chips

Optional ingredients:
Jalapeño peppers

Sometimes you can by the beans already fried and smashed up, but if you want to do it with raw beans you can do it as well. In order to speed up the cooking of the beans you should leave them over night in a bowl filled with water so that they become hydrated and softer. You should place the raw beans on a pressure cooker or pot with salt, some garlic and cook until they are soft.

When they are ready, take them out of the water and smash them in a mortar or place them in the blender. When you have the paste you can get a frying pan place some oil and fry the beans when the oil is hot. When the beans are crispy you can place them on the anafre’s plate or any other container you can use. If you do not have the clay anafre pot to place the coal, don’t worry, you can do this on the stove or in a barbecue.

On the plate that has the beans place the cheese on top and jalapeño peppers if you want. If you want to place chorizo I recommend you cook it before to remove some part of the fat and add to the plate after they are done. Make sure that the fire is not to high so that the beans do not burn.

When the cheese has melted you can start eating everything with the tortilla chips which you can also make or buy ready.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and let me know if you would like me to publish more recipes or information about other subjects, Honduras related.

7 comments for “Anafres – Honduras Food

  1. FRANK
    10/11/2012 at 11:11 am

    I am looking to get a pot to make this dish, where can i buy online or in NJ or NYC?

  2. Betsy
    05/05/2013 at 9:28 pm

    I’ve been looking for one of these pots for months; any clues where I might find them for sale in California?

  3. Bruce H Alcan
    07/22/2013 at 4:15 pm

    Gourmet Sleuth has a similar item

  4. 05/22/2014 at 5:40 pm

    I have been to Honduras more than 20 times over the last 8 years. I brought one back 2 years ago, and everybody loves it. I am selling these at BBQ competition in Chicago this weekend.
    I export product from Honduras and shipp once a month. I am also selling spanish cedar grilling planks. Soon, I will have a website for these and other Honduran products. Please feel free to contact me at Thanks I love these and use then all the time!!

  5. matt
    05/07/2016 at 7:43 am

    I have only seen these pots for sale in Honduras. If you do not have one I would recommend using a cast iron to serve them in. Before serving put the cast iron in the oven at 300ish. Put the beans in and the cheese. It will melt and you can put the cast iron on the table it will keep warm throughout the meal.

    Also to note some people use butter to make this dish…. like a lot of it! I still need to figure out how it is prepared at my favorite place in Honduras.

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