Rice With Pigeon Peas - Arroz Con Gandules

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins

This is one of my favorite Puerto Rican rice recipe. I love pigeon peas. You can find sazon and pigeon peas in the hispanic section of the grocery store. Pigeon Peas are Puerto Rico's national dish. This recipe is from About.com.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 cup sofrito sauce
  • 12 cup chopped ham (or cooked pork pieces)
  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 14 ounces , goya sazon seasoning found in latin markets
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pigeon peas (drained and rinsed)


  1. 1. Heat olive oil in a 6-quart pot. Saute the sofrito and chopped ham for 1 minute.
  2. 2.Add the rice, water, sazon and pigeon peas.
  3. 3.Bring to a boil. Let boil for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. 4.Cover, reduce heat to medium low, and cook for 35 to 40 minutes.
  5. TIP: Do not use a lid with a vent that allows the steam to escape.
  6. Never lift the lid while cooking.
  7. 5.When finished cooking, stir the rice before serving. It should be light and fluffy.


Most Helpful

Good basic recipe!!!! I added alot more sofrito and add alittle garlic pepper seasoning to it once it was on my plate. Love Puerto Rican food :)

RN4IttyBits November 09, 2009

We enjoyed this delicious change from our regular white rice side dish. It was almost a meal in itself with the ham, peas, etc., and next time I'll use more of the ham and prepare it as an entree. I added some sauteed onion to the dish, and will try adding a little more of the sofrito next time since I loved the flavor it gave to the rice. Thanks for posting the delicious recipe!

TasteTester September 21, 2009

Omg!!! Amazing that's all i have to say! I made it for the first time all bye my self an ibhave to give my self a big hand on the back. I have had ppl make it for me an i finely learnd how to make it my self. Next time i well add black olivs dont add the juice it well make it to salty. ? #: i wish i can add a picture

Nicole D. November 18, 2015

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