Trinity-Style Beans aka Bud Spencer-Style Beans: from Spaghetti-Western Movies

Bud Spencer-style beans, or Trinity-Style Beans, are a delicious, creamy and nutritious main course, inspired by a highlight scene in a classic among 1970s Italian westerns, “They Called Him Trinity.”

In this film, in fact, the scene in which Terence Hill eats with gusto an entire pan of beans in a very few minutes is epic: it is said to have been filmed only once, with Terence Hill fasting for 24 hours – according to some even 48 hours – so as to make the binge realistic.

It was from this scene that the definition of bean-western, an all-Italian strand in the wake of the spaghetti-western, was born.

Many variations of this recipe circulate, with sausage or bacon; with rosemary and carrot.

I chose the “classic” recipe.

Trinity-Style Beans

Trinity-Style Beans

Bud Spencer-Style Beans: from Spaghetti-Western Movies
Course Italian Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 Servings


  • 3 cups Black Beans
  • 1 large Onion
  • 1 whole Red Pepper
  • 2 Tomatoes peeled
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Black Pepper to taste


  • The recipe is uniquely simple.
  • You coarsely slice onions and dip them in olive oil.
  • Let it brown and then add the beans.
  • Stir quickly and add salt, chili and pepper.
  • Keep stirring over low heat and finally add the tomatoes.
  • Season with salt and let everything cook over medium heat until the beans are tender.
  • Be careful…..the beans are very spicy!!!
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