Authentic Puerto Rican Rice and Beans

Recipe by boricua_nena
READY IN: 20mins


  • 1
    (16 ounce) can red kidney beans (habichuelas coloradas) or (16 ounce) can pink beans (habichuelas coloradas)
  • 12
    teaspoon adobo seasoning (a flavored salt used in latin cooking)
  • 1
    tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1
    1 slice salt pork or 1 slice Canadian bacon, cubed
  • 12
    teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1
    (5 g) packet sazon con azafran seasoning (comes in envelopes in a box, gives color and a distinct flavor to latin dishes)
  • 1 12
    tablespoons sofrito sauce (comes in a jar, a necessary ingredient in Puerto Rican cooking)
  • 1 12
    cups white rice, uncooked


  • Made by Goya brand and can be found in the Spanish/Latin section of your grocery store Cook white rice as instructions on package of rice say to (5 minute rice is perfectly fine).
  • make sure when you are done cooking to let excess water out of rice.
  • In saucepan, heat oil on low-medium heat and put in the ham, salted pork, or Canadian bacon.
  • once it starts to sizzle, add the garlic powder and Adobo seasoning.
  • Then add the Sofrito and Sazon con Azafran seasoning, stir.
  • Next add red beans (drain most of liquid, just a little bit is needed to pull the sauce together).
  • Mix and serve.
  • (in Puerto Rico, it is traditional to serve rice and beans with almost every meal, but mainly with pork chops (cooked with a little sofrito and adobo seasoning) on the side).
  • Enjoy (a wonderful recipe straight from the island).