Arroz con habichuelas, or Puerto Rican Rice and beans is a dinner classic made with rice, beans, tomato sauce, seasonings, and green Spanish olives.
Or, a dutch oven works perfectly fine for this recipe.
What Kind Of Rice To Use?
You’ll find that either medium-grain or long-grain rice is used in Puerto Rican-style rice. Although I grew up eating medium-grain rice, I used long-grain rice for this recipe, instead.
I love using long-grain rice because it stays fluffy and they separate more (aka less of “sticky rice” texture). I also find long-grain rice easier to cook with.
I used opted to use basmati rice.
Dry Beans Or Canned Beans?
Depending on what I currently have on hand, I’ll switch between dry or canned.
Go for either one. Cooking from dry bean will take longer. Canned beans is a great option if you're pressed for time or just don't want to stick around in the kitchen for too long.
Feel free to use either canned or dry beans. Up to you.
Dry beans will take a bit longer to cook since they must be soaked overnight and cooked for at least an hour to become tender.
But, it’s worth it. Dry beans are cheaper and you can use the reserved bean water for your rice. Extra flavor alert!
If you’re using canned beans, just be sure to drain and rinse your beans before using them in the recipe.
Where To Buy Sazon And Adobo Seasoning?
Sazon and adobo are popular Puerto Rican seasonings that show up in most Puerto Rican dishes. This includes stews, rice, casseroles, and beans.
Most big-box grocery stores will carry these seasonings alongside your traditional seasonings and spices (salt, pepper, chili powder).
However, if you're unable to locate these seasonings there, check if the grocery store has an "ethnic" or Latin-food section.
If you want to make your own Puerto Rican spices, check these out:
Arroz Con Habichuelas
- First, rinse the rice a few times and remove any dirt or foreign pieces. Rinse until water is no longer cloudy. Then, drain the water from the rice.
- Heat oil in a caldero or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add the rice. Toast and mix for 2-3 minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together sofrito, tomato sauce, adobo, and sazon. Pour and mix into the rice.
- Combine beans and olives with the rice. Add 2 cups of water, about 1 inch above the rice. Mix.
- Without a lid, bring the rice to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until the liquid has been mostly cooked off. Then, gently mix the rice from side to center. Reduce heat to low and cover with a lid.
- Cook the rice for an additional 20 minutes, until rice is tender and cooked through.
- If you do not have a caldero/cast-iron pot, a Dutch oven works too.
- This recipe is on the less-salt side. Feel free to add more sazon, adobo, or a pinch of salt if that's what you prefer. Also note, I used sazon with sodium/msg.
- I used basmati long-grain white rice for this recipe.
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