Black Bean Sofrito

Black bean sofrito

Tasty black beans are embellished with onions, garlic, and bell peppers. Sofrito,a classic Latin American dish, is a good choice for an easy, everyday kind of meal. Serve over rice if you’d like. Round the meal out with a fresh green salad and simply prepared hardy greens. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook by Nava Atlas. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Black Bean Sofrito
Recipe type: Bean Main Dish
Cuisine: Latin American
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Serves: 4 to 6
Tasty black beans are embellished with onions, garlic, and bell peppers. Sofrito,a classic Latin American dish, is a good choice for an easy, everyday kind of meal.
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium bell peppers, any color or a combination of two, finely diced
  • 3½ to 4 cups cooked black beans (from 1⅓ cups raw, or two 15- to 16-ounce cans, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 large firm, ripe tomato, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Juice of ½ lemon or lime, to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • Hot cooked brown rice, optional
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until it is translucent.
  2. Add the garlic and the green and red pepper dice and continue to saute until they have softened and the onion is golden.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients except the last two, along with ⅓ cup water. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Mash a small amount of the black beans with the back of a wooden spoon, just enough so that a thick sauce forms. Simmer gently over low heat, covered, for 10 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, then stir in the cilantro or parsley. Serve on its own or over hot rice.


Nutrition information
Per serving: Calories: 231;  Total fat: 4g;  Protein: 13g;  Fiber: 132g;  Carbs: 39g;  Sodium: 5mg

Black bean sofrito recipe

Black bean sofrito recipe

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  • Reply
    February 19, 2015 at 10:11 am

    How many servings does this recipe make?

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      February 19, 2015 at 10:16 am

      Oops, Kris, that was inadvertently left out. This is based on 6 servings. Of course, someone might have two helpings if they’re really hungry …

  • Reply
    February 19, 2015 at 6:18 pm


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