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Puerto Rican Rice and Beans

Puerto Rican Rice and Beans WITH VIDEO – otherwise known as Habichuelas Guisadas (Stewed Beans) – are the most flavorful beans simmered in a tomato and sofrito based broth with potatoes and olives. Served over rice they are a meal unto themselves, or a classic staple with every Puerto Rican dinner!

Puerto Rican Rice and Beans (Habichuelas Guisadas) | Easy recipe for authentic Puerto Rican style red beans and white rice!

Puerto Rican Rice and Beans (Habichuelas Guisadas)

Update: new photos added July 2017. VIDEO added August 2017 (scroll down).  Original recipe published December 2013.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m half Polish, half Mexican and I’ve shared recipes various from my cultural influences.

But this recipe says who I am and what I claim: I’m Puerto Rican!

I used to repeat that phrase proudly as a little girl when asked about my background.

(It was all the more humorous since I couldn’t pronounce my R’s when I was young.)

Fast forward a few years and I  realized I wasn’t actually Puerto Rican at all! 

What can I say? Little kids are a product of their environment and the many Puerto Rican friends and family I was surrounded by made a big impression on me…and so will this Puerto Rican Rice and Beans recipe!

Puerto Rican Rice and Beans (Habichuelas Guisadas) | Easy recipe for authentic Puerto Rican style red beans and white rice!

This is my favorite Puerto Rican meal and so quick and easy to make.

I prefer pink or red beans, but you can also use kidney beans if you like.

The beans are simmered in a tomato and sofrito based broth.

The potatoes soak up all the vibrant flavors and the olives add a briny pop.

Instead of potatoes you can also use calabaza which is Caribbean pumpkin.

Served over rice to soak up all the sauce, this recipe can’t be beat. I could eat this everyday!

Puerto Rican Rice and Beans (Habichuelas Guisadas) | Easy recipe for authentic Puerto Rican style red beans and white rice!

For some, it might be difficult to find sofrito, which is a vegetable purée that forms the base for most Puerto Rican recipes.

I’ve included some options below for finding or making your own sofrito, and I’ve included the brands I use for the other ingredients that may not be familiar.

Many grocery stores carry Goya brand these days so they shouldn’t be hard to find.

Check out my Puerto Rican Resources page for more information!

This is the pot (caldero) that I use for cooking.

Puerto Rican Rice and Beans (Habichuelas Guisadas) | Easy recipe for authentic Puerto Rican style red beans and white rice!

P.S. These beans are amazing with tostones – crispy fried plantains!

UPDATE: here you can find a more detailed recipe on how to make sofrito.

Pin this to your Puerto Rican Recipes board!

Puerto Rican Rice and Beans (Habichuelas Guisadas) | Easy recipe for authentic Puerto Rican style red beans and white rice!

 

Puerto Rican Rice and Beans (Habichuelas Guisadas) | Easy recipe for authentic Puerto Rican style red beans and white rice!

Puerto Rican Rice and Beans (Habichuelas Guisadas)

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Puerto Rican Beans simmered in a flavorful broth of sofrito and tomato.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 heaping tablespoons sofrito
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (15-16 ounces) kidney, red or pink beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) water
  • 1 packet Sazón with Coriander and Annatto (Culantro and Achiote)
  • 1 packet ham flavor (I use Goya Jamón) (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon adobo (I use Goya)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Manzanilla or Spanish pimento-stuffed olives
  • 1/2 pound potatoes, peeled and diced into large chunks
  • Cooked white rice, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a medium caldero, sauté sofrito in oil 2-3 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Add tomato sauce, beans, water, sazón and ham packet. Season with pepper, adobo, garlic powder, oregano and stir. Taste and adjust spices according to your liking. Broth should be slightly salty since the potatoes will absorb much of the flavor.
  3. Add potatoes and olives and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until potatoes are cooked through, about 30 minutes or so, depending on their size. Serve over hot rice.

Notes

If sofrito is not something you are familiar with, there are a few options. Sofrito is the base for many Puerto Rican dishes.

  1. See if a local Hispanic store sells it.
  2. Goya brand makes a prepared version that your regular grocery store may carry, but choose the green jar that says "Recaito" instead of “Sofrito.” If they only have the “Sofrito,” decrease the amount of tomato sauce in the recipe by about half.
  3. Make your own. If you cannot find all of the ingredients, use what you can and it will still turn out tasty!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 490mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 10g

Nutritional information provided is an estimate only. Please consult the labels of ingredients you use for more accurate results.

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Puerto Rican Beans (Habichuelas Guisadas). Easy recipe for authentic Puerto Rican style beans - the most popular recipe on the blog!

Tammy K Smith

Friday 15th of October 2021

Thank you..I could eat the pot of beans all by myself. Yummy

Theresa Gasiewski

Tuesday 28th of September 2021

Hi can I use tomato paste in place of the tomato sauce

Rebekah

Tuesday 28th of September 2021

Yes you'll just use less, about a tablespoon or two.

Tommy

Thursday 8th of July 2021

I was looking at your Puerto Rican Beans recipe but like to know that one ingredient calls for Olives or Manzanilla? What is Manzanilla? Tea?

Rebekah

Friday 9th of July 2021

Manzanilla are a type of Spanish green olive. You may see them labeled as any of those names. They're usually stuffed with pimento.

Mark

Thursday 6th of May 2021

If I don't use potatoes, how much water do I need to use?

Rebekah

Thursday 6th of May 2021

I'd use at least a cup. You can always add more or let some boil out if it's too watery. I love that broth all over my rice though!

Gabrielle

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

LOVE this recipe my GO TO!!!!! I love it !!!!!

Rebekah

Thursday 8th of April 2021

Yay glad to hear that!

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