About Steve Sando

Steve Sando

Steve Sando is the founder of Rancho Gordo, a producer of heirloom beans in Napa Valley, CA. Although beans are an indigenous product of the Americas, the only ones available commercially were pintos, navies, and kidneys. A frustrated home cook, Sando decided to grow the ingredients he wanted in the kitchen. He now produces more than 25 varieties in California and works with small indigenous farmers in Mexico to import their heirloom beans. He's also been featured in Saveur, Food & Wine, and Bon AppétitHeirloom Beans is his first cookbook.

Chiles Rellenos Rancho Gordo

Unlike traditional chiles rellenos, these are baked, not fried. But don’t hold that against them. Bet you can’t even tell the difference.

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  • 40 M
  • 50 M
  • 6

Senate Bean Soup

This authentic version of Senate bean soup draws on ham hocks and navy beans for its everyday comfort food goodness. Heirloom beans make it even better.

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  • 20 M
  • 6 H
  • 2

Borlotti Beans in Tomato Sauce with Creamy Polenta

Put simply, this dish is perfectly cooked beans and stewed tomatoes hanging out on creamy, cheesy polenta.

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  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
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