Von Diaz

Writer Von Diaz finds comfort at Durham’s Boricua Soul, where glorious Caribbean and southern fare is served with a heaping side of community.
For documentarian and cookbook author Von Diaz, these smoky simmered beans capture all the flavors of her Puerto Rican childhood—and a lifetime of exploration in the kitchen.
The foundation of flavor for these savory, creamy beans comes from sofrito, a base of sauteed aromatics that Diaz grew up eating thanks to her Puerto Rican family. You will produce more sofrito than needed for this recipe, but you can store additional sofrito in the fridge for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Use it as a base for soups, stews, and other bean dishes. Note: If using home-cooked beans instead of canned, you may need 1/2 to 1 cup of additional broth.