I cannot imagine it’s been five (5!) several years given that I 1st released just one of my beloved ease and comfort meals in the full globe: my mom’s Puerto Rican Rice and Beans.

As quite a few of you know, my mother is full Puerto Rican, as are my grandparents. My childhood dinners had been typically complete of Hispanic cuisine — normally empanadas, rice and beans, tostones, pozole and ALL THE Fantastic Points IN Existence. More than the earlier few many years, I have related with recipes that are from my heritage and started out cooking from the soul once more. Personally, it feels extremely satisfying when Puerto Rican soul food items fills my dwelling with its intoxicating, aromatic spices. As an ode to my heritage and powerful link with foods, Tony and I even had a custom made Hispanic-themed menu at our wedding day (with lots of reliable Puerto Rican flavors) and it was Incredible.

And even if you are not Puerto Rican, why not check out anything new?! We could all use a superior dose of world-inspired creativity and cooking in our life. These rice and beans are the excellent way to commence.

What are Puerto Rican rice and beans?

Puerto Rican rice and beans are normally produced with lengthy or medium-grained rice, sofrito, sazon, tomato sauce, culantro, and oftentimes pork. For the beans, persons normally use dim purple kidney beans or “habichuelas guisadas,” but my spouse and children prefers to use pink or pinto beans in our recipe.

Make sure you be aware that everyone’s variation of their individual rice and beans is various, but this is what my mom and grandma taught me and what I’m passing along to you. For illustration, some increase olives and pork to their rice and beans, but we depart these goods out. Some also appreciate the rice with pigeon peas by by itself (my arroz con gandules recipe is a must!) or as a aspect and provide the beans independently with white rice, yellow rice and/or meat.

This is how we typically make our rice and beans and we Like it so so much. If you have your personal edition of rice and beans I’d love to listen to how you or your relatives tends to make it! Go away a remark and permit me know.

making sofrito for homemade Puerto Rican rice and beans

Almost everything you are going to need to make Puerto Rican rice and beans

Now let’s converse about this recipe and all the specifics for the reason that I’m SO excited for you to consider it all out ASAP. Prior to you start, please know that you might will need a number of ‘special’ elements that can be a very little tough, relying on wherever you dwell.

  • Dried pink or pinto beans: You will need dried pinto or pink beans (my mother enjoys pink and I like pinto), the option is yours. I had a actually difficult time discovering them (even in Chicago), but if your keep has a Hispanic portion, you could possibly be in luck.
  • Sazon: Sazon is a seriously well known Puerto Rican spice. The draw back of most sazon is that it is made up of MSG, but I have an straightforward, home made Diy sazon! I typically use the packets mainly because they are simple for me to find and the flavors are 100% comparable to what I’m utilised to. It is actually up to your personalized preference. ALSO sazon seasoning is pretty much my beloved factor Ever.
  • Sofrito: this is the standard sauce that you are going to cook dinner the rice and beans in. My variation is built with a mixture of garlic, onion, inexperienced bell pepper, cilantro and tomato sauce. Some use fresh tomatoes and culantro, but this is just how we typically make it!
  • Environmentally friendly pigeon peas: Environmentally friendly pigeon peas are Incredible and extremely, incredibly great for you. However, they can be tough to locate. I usually order in the Hispanic portion of the grocery shop (if they have it), head to our community Hispanic grocery store, or invest in off Amazon.
  • White basmati rice: This is our favored kind to use due to the fact of how fluffy the rice receives. It should not be that tricky to locate, but please do not try out and sub another rice. Or if you do, just know that cooking periods differ. For occasion, brown rice can take up to 45 minutes.

cooking beans for a Puerto Rican rice and beans recipe

Can I use standard peas?

Guaranteed! This recipe is meant to be inclusive and it’s thoroughly easy to understand that you may not be able to uncover the correct ingredients. Pigeon peas are traditional, but you can use eco-friendly peas as a substitute. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Enhance the h2o in the recipe by 1/2 cup so that you have 3 1/2 cups overall.
  2. Right after you bring the water to a boil, insert 1 1/2 cups of frozen peas and the rice.
  3. Carry on the recipe as created!

vegan Puerto Rican rice and beans in a bowl

How to make my mom’s Puerto Rican rice and beans

As usually, see under for the comprehensive, detailed guidance, but in this article are the fundamental principles!

  1. Soak the beans. You will get started by soaking your beans in water or broth with a bay leaf for 6-8 hours. You can do so at area temp.
  2. Cook dinner the beans. After your beans have soaked, retain the liquid and convey the beans to a boil, then decrease the warmth and simmer them for 1-2 hours till they are tender. Do not drain the beans.
  3. Make sofrito. In the past 30 minutes or so of cooking, you can make your sofrito but sauteing onion, inexperienced pepper, cilantro and garlic. Lower the warmth and simmer with tomato sauce and sazon. You’ll then add the sauce to the beans (with the liquid they cooked in!) and simmer it all jointly.
  4. Make the arroz con gandules. Even though the beans and sofrito are simmering collectively, you’ll make far more sofrito. Add in your can of pigeon peas with the liquid, as well as drinking water, and deliver it to a boil. Then stir in the rice, address and simmer until the rice is tender.
  5. Flavor & serve. As soon as the beans and rice are accomplished, taste them and adjust the seasoning as desired. Then serve and garnish with cilantro and some avocado slices!

authentic Puerto Rican rice and beans in a bowl

Serving & storing strategies

  • To serve: this Puerto Rican rice and beans recipe is a Superb recipe for serving a crowd since you can effortlessly double the recipe. And if you actually want to add meat to this dish, I would counsel sauteed kielbasa sausage extra to the beans. Great for dipping tortilla chips in too!
  • To retail outlet: merely retail outlet any leftover rice and beans in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 4-5 days. This recipe is best for meal prep!

Puerto Rican rice and beans in a bowl

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This submit was originally released on September 4th, 2017, and republished on January 10th, 2022.