Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 45 mins

This is an authentic Puerto Rican recipe for rice & beans. You can also substitute other beans in place of the kidney beans, such as pinto beans or navy beans.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (16 ounce) can kidney beans
  • 4 ounces tomato sauce
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (1 1/2 ounce) envelopegoya sazon goya, con achiote seasoning (found in the Spanish food section of your supermarket)
  • 1 12 tablespoons of goya sofrito seasoning (found in the Spanish food section of your supermarket. This is in a glass jar.)
  • 12 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 small cooked potato, cubed (you can use a couple of those small canned white potatoes) (optional)
  • 1 12 cups uncooked rice
  • 2 12 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 12 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large heavy pot, with a tight fitting lid, put the 2 and 1/2 cups water, the tablespoon of vegetable oil and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  2. Bring to a boil and stir in the rice.
  3. Bring to a boil again over medium high heat.
  4. Stir.
  5. Boil for about 1 minute and then put on the lid and reduce the heat to medium low.
  6. Cook for about 20 minutes WITHOUT LIFTING THE LID.
  7. After the 20 minutes or so, take off the lid and with a large spoon begin lifting the rice from the bottom and bringing it to the top.
  8. Check for doneness.
  9. If not quite done, put the lid back on for another 10 minutes and check again.
  10. When done, put the lid back on and reduce heat to low for another 5-10 minutes and then turn off the heat.
  11. (The best type of pan to use for this is a heavy cast aluminum dutch oven type pan--do not try to use stainless steel pans for this).
  12. Beans: In a medium saucepan put the can of beans, the tomato sauce, salt, Goya Sazon con Achiote, Goya Sofrito, garlic powder, and the cubed cooked potato.
  13. Place over medium low heat and cook stirring occasionally without a lid until it is thickened and hot.
Most Helpful

This is a wonderful recipe. My boyfriend who is Puerto Rican said that this tastes better than his rice and beans. I will definately be making this again and again.

Danielle K. September 04, 2008

Super good and super easy! We tend to like things a little bit more spicy, so next time I'll add an additional envelope "goya sazon, con achiote" seasoning and add a 1/2 teaspoon of "Adobo con sazon" (that spice tastes good in anything). We pan fried chicken thighs (bone in) in vegetable oil to go with. Inexpensive, Easy, AWESOME. This meal is now a staple in our house!

ZJanks September 25, 2004

Very good, and authentic according to someone who should know. The potatoes were a nice addition. Thanks to the reviewer who provided substitutions for the goya sazon.

Donut Chef October 18, 2006