Puerto Rican Style Red Beans and Rice

Puerto Rican Style Red Beans and Rice

Puerto Rican Style Red Beans and Rice

Spoilt. That is what I am. I have been lucky to have a friend named Jossie who is a native of Puerto Rico. She can cook like nobodies business. Her rice and beans are the best hands down. Jossie shared her recipe for rice and beans with me. It never tastes as good as hers. OK, I can not compare with her. It is the love of food, her culture, and a well seasoned pot that makes her rice and beans the best on the planet.

In other words, I have been searching for a recipe for Puerto Rican style red beans and rice that I could make. While this does not compare to Jossie’s rice and beans, I think she would approve of the flavors and spirit of it. This recipe you cook the beans and rice separately. With the jalapeño pepper, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, ground cumin and the Goya Sazón seasoning, this recipe has lots of flavor and a hint of heat. Honestly, I have no idea whatever is in Goya Sazón seasoning, but what I do know it is critical to Puerto Rican cooking as well as sofrito. The ingredients are healthy and fresh.

A great vegetarian or vegan meal that is satisfying.


Puerto Rican Style Red Beans and Rice Ingredients


Puerto Rican Style Red Beans and Rice


  • - 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • - Small handfull cilantro finely chopped
  • - 1 onion chopped
  • - ½- small jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • - 2-3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • - 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • - 1 teaspoon cumin
  • - 1 bay leaf
  • - 1 medium red bell pepper chopped
  • - ¼  teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • - 1 8oz tin tomato sauce
  • - 3 15oz. cans red pinto beans rinse and drained
  • - 2 cups vegetable broth
  • - 1 medium potato cubed small
  • - 1 Goya Sazón seasoning packet
  • - 1/2 - 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • - Chopped cilantro
  • - Cooked Rice


  • - Heat the oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven.
  • - Add the onions, garlic, cumin, jalapeño, cilantro, smoked paprika, and bay leaf sautéing.
  • - Stir occasionally, until onions are soft and translucent, but not brown.
  • - Add the beans, broth, potatoes, tomato sauce, Goya Sazón seasoning packet, and salt bringing to a boil.
  • - Reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for about 25 - 30 minutes or more until potatoes is tender.
  • - Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • - Serve with cooked rice.
  • - Top with chopped cilantro.
  • Serves 4-6
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