Arroz Con Gandules ( Rice and Beans)

“This savory dish has many variations through out all the spanish speaking countries, this is the Puerto Rican version.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 tablespoon sofrito sauce (check out recipe # from my recipes)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pigeon peas (any canned bean will do)
  • 0.5 (4 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (4 ounce) can Spam (don't ask a lot of people use it, substitute a ham steak)
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package sazon goya
  • 6 -10 pitted green olives
  • 2 cups rice (rinsed)
  • 4 cups water


  1. Rinse starch off the rice, this IS important.
  2. Dice ham steak or Spam.
  3. Pour oil into 4-5 quart cooking pot ( make sure its a large wide pot, not a thin deep one).
  4. Add sofrito and fry on medium heat for 1 minute.
  5. Add ham and fry for 1 more minute.
  6. Add tomato sauce and heat through for 30 seconds.
  7. Add sazon, salt and water and bring to a boil.
  8. Add pigeon peas and olives and boil 5 minutes.
  9. Add rice and mix around with spoon once.
  10. Bring to boil on HIGH heat until water has evaporated to the rice line.
  11. Lower temperature to low/medium low and cover TIGHT with lid ( add foil or banana leaf if need be to make it a tight seal).
  12. Cook for 25-30 minutes.
  13. Uncover, serve and enjoy!

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