Mi Madre's Puerto Rican Rice & Beans Recipe Tastes Like Puerto Rico On a Plate by Elisa Schmitz

Mi Madre's Puerto Rican Rice & Beans Recipe Tastes Like Puerto Rico On a Plate

Mi madre (my mother) is from a small town in Puerto Rico. We lived there when I was little and spent a lot of time on La Isla del Encanto (the island of enchantment) with family as I was growing up. In typical Puerto Rican style, many of our best family moments were spent in the kitchen cooking – or around the table eating – Puerto Rican food. One of the meals we ate most often was rice and beans.

Puerto Rican rice and beans have a very distinct (and delicious) flavor thanks to sofrito – a blend of onions, garlic, peppers and cilantro – and sazon – a blend of coriander, garlic powder, achiote, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. These two ingredients are what make this rice and beans recipe taste like Puerto Rico on a plate! You can make your own versions of both of these at home or buy them premade online or in stores that carry Latin foods. Here's how to make your own sofrito.

One night recently, I was really craving mi madre's rice and beans. Despite the fact that I didn't have a lot of time to make my own proper sofrito and sazon, I came up with a similar enough version of mi madre's recipe that I want to share with you. Next time I make this, I will make a more authentic sofrito base and I'll make my own sazon seasoning, too.

Here's your shopping list for this budget-friendly rice and beans recipe: onion, cubanelle pepper, green bell pepper, garlic, cilantro, olive oil, kidney beans, tomato sauce, potatoes, sazon, bay leaf and oregano. You first prepare the sofrito, then add the other ingredients and simmer until all is cooked through.

The aroma in your kitchen is reason enough to make this delicious Puerto Rican dinner. Serve these flavorful beans over rice for a hearty vegetarian dinner, or feel free to add your favorite protein or a side salad. Buen provecho (enjoy)!

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Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6


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Recipe Notes

  • If you don't have a cubanelle pepper, you can use a banana pepper.
  • I used small marble potatoes, but you can use any potatoes you like.
  • Use the liquid from the beans; do not drain them.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Here's how to make it:

  1. In a large skillet or sauté pan over medium heat, add the olive oil, onions, peppers, garlic and cilantro. Stir to combine.
  2. Add potatoes and stir to combine. Cook, stirring, until vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add beans with liquid, tomato sauce, sazon, oregano and bay leaf. Stir to combine. Simmer until all is cooked through and potatoes are soft, about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and serve over rice.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 197

Total Fat: 4.8g

Saturated Fat: 0.7g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 549mg

Total Carbohydrate: 34.8g

Dietary Fiber: 10.1g

Total Sugars: 6.7g

Protein: 9.7g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 117mg

Iron: 3mg

Potassium: 755mg

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Elisa Schmitz
This recipe brings back so many good memories for me. It's Puerto Rican comfort food, for sure! #yum
I do love the taste of Puerto Rican food and look forward to making this recipe.

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