Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins
This savory dish has many variations through out all the spanish speaking countries, this is the Puerto Rican version.
- 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
- Rinse starch off the rice, this IS important.
- Dice ham steak or Spam.
- Pour oil into 4-5 quart cooking pot ( make sure its a large wide pot, not a thin deep one).
- Add sofrito and fry on medium heat for 1 minute.
- Add ham and fry for 1 more minute.
- Add tomato sauce and heat through for 30 seconds.
- Add sazon, salt and water and bring to a boil.
- Add pigeon peas and olives and boil 5 minutes.
- Add rice and mix around with spoon once.
- Bring to boil on HIGH heat until water has evaporated to the rice line.
- 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).
- Cook for 25-30 minutes.
- Uncover, serve and enjoy!
I love this recipe. I grew up in Brooklyn around many Puerto Ricans and this rice really brings me back. We have it on a regular basis at out house.
This is a great recipe. I am hispanic but I grew up eating the Mexican Rice and Beans variation...with pinto beans and yellow rice. I really enjoyed this Puerto Rican Version. Simply Great!
This recipe was really good. Followed it almost completely, but I left out the ham and spam. ( I don't like either and wasn't sure what to substitute.) Tasted pretty much how I expected. I would have liked it to have a little more POW! Next time I'll just add more of the spices.