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I read this recipe but did not even try it. I have been married to a puerto rican for more than 35 years and have been to Puerto Rico many, many times and have never seen rice and beans prepared in any way even close to this....

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Diana A September 02, 2009

Hi, guys, We'd been using fresh green jalapeño peppers in Puerto Rico for the last several decades in our "racaíto". We also use "ajicitos" (habanero pepper's cousins) for basically all our beans, stews, sofritos, etc. It's a milder version of common habanero. We also use caballero hot peppers for "cuajitos" (stew), morcillas, rabo encendido, and other dishes. We add the caballero peppers to the pots while cooking those dishes. For all other dishes that are not cooked with "chiles", we have two different options ("piques"): 1. Pique de botella (pique criollo) 2. Pique verde boricua Greetings!

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Shining Star September 01, 2009

Linda is correct, puertoricans don't add jalapenos to their rice and beans. They do however make their own hot sauce from pineapples and hot peppers which they bring to the table and can be added to the bean dish for those people that like "pique". They also typically add ham or salchichon to the beans.

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LuzMaria63 November 22, 2005

In Puerto Rico, jalapenos are not used. The food isn't hot, except when hot sauce is used as a condiment

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Linda Schaffer September 13, 2004
Puerto Rican Rice And Beans (Arroz Con Habichuelas)