As much as I love eating Arroz con Gandules, I have never actually made it myself (Gasp!). As a Puerto Rican (from my mom’s side), it was long overdue. I am so glad I made it, and so was my family. It was good!!! It was such a delicious way to share a part of my culture with my kiddos.
It was so good that I urge you to give it a try. You won’t regret it.
Arroz Con Gandules Recipe
- 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ½ green bell pepper, chopped
- ½ an onion, chopped
- 2 packets Sazón GOYA® with Coriander and Annatto
- 1 tbsp. Minced Garlic
- 2 tsp. Complete Seasoning
- 1 tsp. Garlic Salt
- 1 tsp. Oregano
- 2 cups white rice (short grain)
- 4 cups water
- 15 oz. can Green Pigeon Peas (drained)
- 8 oz. Tomato Sauce
- ¼ cup sliced Spanish Chorizo
Optional: Pork Chop Pieces
- Heat oil in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Add in ¼ cup sliced chorizo.
- Stir in peppers and onions; stirring occasionally until vegetables are soft.
- Lightly stir in rice and 2 cups of water to pan.
- Add in sazón, garlic, complete seasoning and oregano. Stir.
- Bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, pour in pigeon peas and tomato sauce.
- Stir lightly to mix ingredients, then cover with a lid.
- Turn down heat to a simmer. Simmer for about 30-45 minutes or until rice is tender.
*Stirring occasionally and adding the remaining 2 cups of water as needed.
- Remove from heat, gently fluff rice with fork and let stand 5 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy.
Before preparing your meal, a trip to the store is in order so that you can get the ingredients you need. When I think of Latin food and shopping, Sedano’s pops in to my mind. Not only do they have the softest Cuban Bread and the best pastelitos de guayaba, they also have an amazing selection of the Hispanic foods I grew up eating with my family.
As a child I remember shopping at Sedano’s with my Abuela (on my dad’s side) in Hialeah and it always seemed like an event considering she would grab a cafesito and chat with people from the neighborhood at some point during our visit. As an adult I still shop there for the Latino recipes I grew up on and now get to share with my family… and so does my aunt (on my dad’s side), who was with me doing her own grocery shopping that day. *Thankfully Sedano’s is in my area too.
These are just some of the essentials I picked up for my Arroz con Gandules recipe…
The Arroz Con Gandules Recipe was a hit in our home so I know I will be making it again (sooner than later). Plus, my mom was happy that I now cook meals for my family that represent both my Cuban and Puerto Rican cultures, so I’ve got to continue (or I’ll be in trouble).