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

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.


How to Make It

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.