Pink Beans

Aunt Evelyn shares her recipe for pink beans. A sofrito and annatto oil provide the wonderful flavor and spice, although we were not able to find the “bitter orange” ingredient to make it even more authentic.

Servings and Times

Serves: 3
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

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We start off by making the annatto oil. In a small pot, we heat the oil and annatto seeds over medium heat. When it starts to sizzle, we lower it and cook gently for about 10 minutes. We turn off the heat and let it sit for another 5 minutes. Using a fine strainer, we strain the oil into a medium pot and discard the seeds.

We heat the annatto oil over medium heat and add the sofrito and sliced onion. We cook for a couple of minutes and then add the sauce, water (next time we’ll try adding just ½ cup to cut down on the cooking time), beans, salt and pepper. We simmer for about five minutes then taste for seasoning. We add the cumin, coriander, and some more salt and pepper. We continue cooking uncovered for about 20 minutes.

When the beans have thickened nicely, we serve them with yellow rice.

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