By truebrit on October 08, 2002
Photo by neaglesvm
Photo by neaglesvm
"When we lived in Puerto Rico, this was a favorite meal. We're back in the States now, but when I make Red Beans and Rice it transports me back to La Isla Del Encanto! It can be eaten as a meal itself or with a simple salad."
Serving Size: 1 (378 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"Just as your family got hooked, so did mine. I love this dish, it is authentic, easy to make, and the left overs are fantastic. Once again, when I heated up my lunch at work, my co-workers, enticed by the aroma, gathered around to see what I was eating. If you like spice, try this dish."
"Excellent, easy to make and the flavor is equal to what is served at restaurants here in Puerto Rico."
"Good stuff! I changed the recipe up a bit to make it vegan and didn't sacrifice any flavor...used a soy chorizo and then used a couple tablespoons of vegan bacon bits instead of ham which provided that smoky flavor. In the end I added I can of diced tomatoes. . .juice and all. It tasted a lot like my chorizo chili which I love."
"I made the following changes from the original: First, I cooked the rice in a rice cooker with chicken broth, cilantro, 1 tsp of onion flakes and 2 tsp of lime juice. I used black beans, left out the bell pepper and tabasco, and replaced the ham with diced chicken lunchmeat. I used a whole pkg of chorizo and it was a bit spicy. Next time I would cut the amount of chorizo to 2/3 of a pkg. We loved this!"
"This was okay, but I really like Cajun spiced red beans and rice much better. This makes an enormous amount of food. Made for Zaar Cookbook Tag."
"Very nice, easy dish! A few mods... use two cans of beans... use some sort of chicken or turkey smoked sausage. I also add corn towards the end and sprinkle Mexican cheese on top. I also omit the Tabasco and just put the bottle on the table so everybody can spice as they please."
"Quite nice. Wife and kid loved it. I used Lousiana Hot Sauce instead of Tabasco. Was pretty mild. Definite addition to the permanent cookbook."
"It was fine. We weren't ecstatic about the recipe, but perhaps that was because I left out the chorizo."
"Delicious version that blew my old recipe out of the water. I really enjoyed the flavor of the rice after it cooked in with the other ingredients. I did cut down on the Tabasco however (2 tsp), afraid my daughter might not eat it if too spicy. It was very mild this way but still had plenty of flavor. For the meat, I did not add the optional chorizo, but rather used some lean smoked turkey sausage."
"My wife doesn't do well with tomatoes, so I did this recipe as printed except that I just plain left out the can of tomato sauce. It was still great."
"My daughter (the cook in our family) made this a few nights ago. We all loved it so much that she made it three times week! She even added extra onions and bell peppers. She doesn't always use exact messurements, but it still turned out excellent. Yummy!"
"THANK YOU!!!! this was a great recipe! My husband is Puerto Rican and I've only ever made white rice w/red beans or the yellow rice w/garbanzo beans. boring!! today was his birthday & I wanted to surprise him with a traditional PR dish... and he LOVED it!! I added shrimp also since he & my kids love it. Everyone enjoyed it - he told me to make sure I saved the recipe to make it again!!! thanks again!!"
"I made this as written, aside from omitting the meat. My whole family devoured it. DH and 7 year old asked for thirds even. The only piece of advice I'd offer is, if anyone else makes it without like I did, to add some salt. I know this should have been common sense since I left the ham out, but it didn't dawn on me lol. I will absolutely be having this again though, thanks so much true!"
"Wonderful! This took my husband right back to Puerto Rico where he spent time while in the Navy. I used 2 cans of red beans and 2 8oz cans of tomato sauce, 2 cups water and 2 cups chicken broth. Did not cook with the Tabasco, but let everyone spice it to their taste at the table. We will make this weekly from now on! Yummy!"
"This is very good and I didn't think it was too spicey. It had just the right amount of "kick" to it. The only change I made was to use 2 15-1/2-ounce cans of beans and a 15-ounce can of tomato sauce. I made it the way the recipe stated, but after tasting, I felt it needed more beans and a little more sauce. It turned out great! Thanks for sharing! UPDATE: I had to up this to 5 stars. This is truly the best rice and bean recipe I've tried so far. Thanks again for sharing!"
"I was making fajitas and thought I'd try and make some rice and beans to go with... I am not of the Puerto Rican decent but I love spicy foods and I thought your recipe was wonderful. It's got just enough kick. I didn't have any chorizo sausage handy so I just used ham from the ham bone at Easter. Thanks for the recipe."
"DH requested red beans and rice the other night, and never having made them, I of course turned to 'Zaar. I decided to go with this recipe after reading several as it sounded yummy. And I wasn't wrong! The only thing I did different was to use smoked sausage instead of the ham, and I cut way back on the Tabasco (which I was glad I did). I added a little chicken stock to the whole mixture to create more of a sauce since I made steamed rice to put it over, instead of mixing the rice in the same pot (DH's request). We both really enjoyed it - it has great flavors and it so simple to make! I'll be making it again!"
"Excellent dish. I cut back on the Tabasco sauce."