Puerto Rican Rice and Beans

A few years ago, I met a very dear friend of mine through work. She and her family are from Puerto Rico and of course, have some very lovely food traditions. As a tribute to our friendship, I prepared some sofrito earlier this week and now  I will be using it in a lovely rice and beans dish. With it’s beautifully complex flavors, this rice and bean dish is perfect for eating on it’s own or as a side to any Latin inspired meal. Enjoy!

Puerto Rican Rice and Beans

Puerto Rican RIce and Beans with Mojo Marinated Steak and Tostones
Puerto Rican RIce and Beans with Mojo Marinated Steak and Tostones

1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 medium tomato, diced

1/4 cup  Sofrito

3/4 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

4 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/4 tsp achiote paste

3 1/2 cups stock

1 can (15.5 oz.) Black Beans, undrained

1½ cups medium grain rice

½ tsp. sugar


Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add tomato, sofrito and spices, cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add stock to pot; bring to boil. Add beans, rice and sugar; stir. Bring rice mixture to a boil; reduce heat to medium low and cook, covered, until stock is absorbed, about 20 min. Remove rice from heat. Let sit until rice becomes tender, 5 minutes. Fluff with fork. Divide evenly among serving bowls.


21 thoughts on “Puerto Rican Rice and Beans

    1. I currently do not, but I should ask my friend for her recipe. She talked about mofongo all of the time and would get a kick out of me making it. Good idea, thanks for the suggestion.

      1. I love making vegan mofongo! The rice and beans sound amazing. Looks like I am going to be making up some of that yummy sofrito to make this dish. Yum! :)

  1. that looks so tasty …. all of it something you have introduced me too – very exciting dishes. Thank you so much … would like to know more about “mojo marinade”.

    1. First, I would look in the import section of grocery store. In the southeast, Publix or Kroger would have it. If not there, a Latin American grocery store would have it for sure. If you don’t have one of those in town, I would check Amazon.

  2. Reblogged this on What to Cook? and commented:
    This was an exceptional dish. Much more flavor than traditional Mexican rice and beans. I made the sofrito and the aroma when it was cooking was fantastic. You have to make this dish often.

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