Sofrito-Style Beans

Sofrito-Style Beans
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This method uses sofrito, an aromatic mix of herbs and spices that's used as a base for cooking countless Caribbean dishes. You can buy prepared sofrito in most supermarkets or Asian and Caribbean markets. Or, better still, get it from my cookbook, Puerto Rican Cuisine in America. The red wine in this recipe was influenced by my mother, of blessed memory, who received the tip from a Cuban friend.

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6
Servings
65
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound dried beans, soaked
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 Tablespoons sofrito
  • 1 beef boullion cube
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 Cup tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons dry red wine

Directions

To the soaked beans, add the potato, sofrito, beef bouillon cube, salt, oregano, tomato sauce, and dry red wine. Mix well.

Cover and cook over high heat until water is boiling. This should take 5 to 10 minutes.

Lower heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes or until beans are completely tender and sauce has thickened somewhat.se

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
4g
6%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
3mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
4g
3%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
5µg
1%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
4mg
5%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
21mg
2%
Choline, total
10mg
2%
Folate, total
30µg
8%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
34mg
11%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
82mg
12%
Sodium, Na
91mg
6%
Water
85g
3%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Sofrito Shopping Tip

How hot is that chile pepper? Fresh peppers get hotter as they age; they will achieve a more reddish hue and sometimes develop streaks in the skin.

Sofrito Cooking Tip

There are 60 varieties of chile peppers, many of which are used in Mexican cooking. Handle them with care. When handling the spicier kinds, gloves are recommended. Always wash your hands with soap and warm water before touching your eyes.