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Easy Habichuelas Guisadas Recipe

Habichuelas guisadas, or Puerto Rican bean stew is one of my favorite dishes to make - made with fried homemade sofrito, tomato sauce, savory sazon, and other spices - it's a dish that takes little effort but yields delicious results.
5 from 1 vote
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Latin, Puerto Rican



  • Drain beans and set aside. Next, chop potato into bite-sized pieces and set aside.
  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add oil. Once the oil is hot, add the sofrito, sazon , and tomato sauce. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  • In the same pot, add the pink beans, potatoes, olives, and water. Cover with a lid. Stir well and bring everything to a boil.
  • Once at a boil, reduce temperature and allow everything to simmer for about 20-30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Taste and add more sazon or salt if nencessary.


  1. It's relatively easy to make sofrito. You just need to gather up the ingredients and blend them together until chunky. Ingredients include green bell peppers, red bell peppers, cilantro, garlic, and onion. 
  2. If you're unable to make sofrito, you can find it premade at Latin grocery stores. However, I highly suggest making it. 
  3. The stew will start off salty, but no worries, the potatoes will soak up a lot of the flavors.
  4. You can use red beans and pink beans interchangeably for this recipe. 
  5. If you're really into olives, you can add some of the brine into the stew and hold back on some of the sazon. 
  6. If you don't like olives, you can opt out. They're optional. 
Keyword Soup, Stew