Puerto-Rican Rice and Beans (Arroz con Gandules)

Rice and beans! Who doesn’t love a delicious plate of authentic arroz con gandules? What I love the most is how simple this rice dish is but the intensity of the flavors! You can add olives, pimentos, and even diced ham.


    1 can of pigeon peas (partially drained)
    3 bay leaves
    3 tbsp sofrito
    1 packet Sazon
    3 tbsp EVOO
    3 cups white rice
    1 4oz can of tomato sauce
    1 tbsp adobo
    1 tsp oregano
    1 tsp garlic powder
    1 tsp cumin
    1/2 tsp black pepper
    1/2 packet of ham flavoring or diced ham
    4 cups hot water
    1/2 chopped onion
    1 tsp diced garlic


  1. Heat 3 tbsp EVOO in a large pot and add your chopped onions and dried garlic until they soften.
  2. Add your canned tomato sauce and spices, keep stirring until it thickens into a paste.
  3. Add your partially drained can of pigeon peas and taste the mixture. You want it to be a little salty because you are cooking 3 cups of rice.
  4. Add your 3 cups of rice, 4 cups of hot water, and 3 bay leaves to the pot.
  5. Cover your pot with aluminum foil and then cover it. Let this simmer for approximately 30mins or until the water dries out. Do not stir the rice while it’s cooking.
  6. Serve alone or with your choice of meat (Puerto-Rican Cubed Steak w/ Peppers)

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