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Black bean and rice burritos are perfect for meatless Mondays.

Latin America’s comfort food

Often meatless, usually insanely delicious, the many forms of rice and beans are a simple pleasure that requires just a little precision and attention to flavor for a phenomenal side dish or main attraction.

Known all across Latin America under different aliases—sazon in the Dominican Republic, refrito in Ecuador—sofrito is basically a cooked down, aromatic combination of chopped onions, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, herbs and spices. Sofrito recipes are often closely guarded and hotly debated, and can vary from household to household, like any good regional recipe.

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