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Chorizo and Pinto Bean Stew
© John Kernick

Chorizo and Pinto Bean Stew

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 13 HRS 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  1. 1/2 pound dried pinto beans, soaked overnight and drained (1 1/2 cups)
  2. 3 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  3. 1/4 pound sweet chorizo
  4. 1/4 pound hot chorizo
  5. 1/4 cup Classic Sofrito
  6. One 2-ounce piece of smoked ham
  7. 1 medium tomato, seeded and coarsely chopped
  8. 1 small carrot, halved
  9. 1 small celery rib, halved
  10. 1 small onion, quartered
  11. 1 parsley sprig
  12. 1 oregano sprig
  13. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  14. Lime wedges, for serving
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the pinto beans with the stock, chorizos, Classic Sofrito, ham, tomato, carrot, celery, onion, parsley and oregano and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, skimming occasionally, until the beans are tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Remove the chorizos; slice them 1/4 inch thick and return to the stew. Remove the carrot, coarsely chop it and return to the stew. Discard the parsley and oregano and season the stew with salt and pepper. Serve the bean stew with the lime wedges.
Make Ahead The stew can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat gently. Serve With Steamed rice.

Suggested Pairing

A rustic red with enough fruit and spice will tame the chorizo in this stew. Look for an inexpensive Malbec from Argentina.