We take a shortcut to the rich, deep flavor of slow-simmered beans by starting with a quick sofrito--aromatics sautéed until tender with tomato and vinegar--and adding canned pinto beans. The result is better than any seasoned bean you'll find in a can.

Paige Grandjean
Recipe by Cooking Light March 2017


Credit: Alison Miksch

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Serves 4 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)


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  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add onion and pepper; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup water, tomato paste, vinegar, and salt; bring to a simmer. Cook 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in beans; cook 3 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly heated.


Nutrition Facts

147 calories; fat 3.7g; saturated fat 0.5g; mono fat 2.7g; poly fat 0.4g; protein 6g; carbohydrates 22g; fiber 7g; iron 2mg; sodium 260mg; calcium 64mg; sugars 4g.