Puerto Rican Rice & Pork Chops Recipe with Great Flavor

Updated on March 17, 2016
3.3 stars from 152 ratings of Puerto Rican meal

Arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon beans)

In the Puerto Rican tradtion, pigeon rice also known as arroz con gandules is made with everything. Because of its good taste, it is known as one of the best rice. There are many different ingredients people use in rice to spice it to their own flavor. Some people put bacon, ham, or chicken in their rice. Rice is a main dish in most meals. You can make it with any type of meat you like.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: serves 4 - 6 people


  • 1 can Tomato sauce
  • 1 can Pigeon Beans
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 package Goya sazon
  • 2 tablespoons pepper
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups water
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Step by Step

  1. First you put the oil in the rice pot and let it boil.
  2. As soon as it boils you add your can of tomato sauce. Stir the oil and tomato sauce together.
  3. Once you do that, you add the package of sazon along with the pepper and salt. Let that boil for a little bit but don't let it burn. You can always taste the tomato sauce to make sure its at its perfect taste. This is what gives the rice its flavor.
  4. When the tomato sauce comes to a boil, add the pigeon beans and let that boil for a little bit.
  5. Once you see the beans boiling with the tomato sauce add the rice.
  6. Mix all the ingredients together. After its mixed pour the 2 cups of water and let it cook.
  7. Don't forget to keep the lid on. Cook with medium fire.
  8. Once its cooking just keep checking to make sure rice doesn't burn.
  9. After the rice has absorbed the water , taste a grain to make sure rice is soft. If there is no water and rice is still hard add 1/2 cup of water.
  10. Stir rice to make sure the beans are on top and bottom of pot. Once rice is soft and its cooked turn off the fire and enjoy your food.
  11. Can be served with pork, chicken, steak, etc.

Rice with bacon


  • If you want to add any meat, you will have to cook it before the rice.
  • Example: Bacon in rice
  • You will have to have the rice pot empty so you can fry the meat in the pot
  • You add any seasonings to the meat you like and let it cook with the oil (expect bacon, it has its own oil)
  • For good flavor, I recommend using Goya adobo and Goya sazon to season the meat
  • Once the meat is cooked all the way than you add the tomato sauce and the rest of the ingredients

Pork Chops Recipe


  • 2 packages Goya Sazon
  • 1/2 cup Goya Adobo
  • 2 Tablespoon Pepper
  • 1 pack Pork Chops

Cook Time

Prep Time: 8 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Ready In: 28 min

Yields: Serves 4 people

Tips on picking the pork chops

  • Try to not get thick pork chops, the thicker, the longer it takes to cook
  • breakfast chops are thin and boneless
  • Less fat to the pork chop the better

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Step by Step Instructions

  1. First you rinse your meat.
  2. You season the meat wit sazon, adobo, and pepper
  3. Get a thin pan (i recommend a griddle) and add vegetable oil or virgin oil. Wait till it gets hot
  4. Once its hot, add the pork chops
  5. let the pork chops cook till its golden brown, once its dark flip it to cook the other side.
  6. let the other side cook as well. If you don't know if the pork chops are cook, bend it to make sure the meat inside is good. Once its done, enjoy.

Tips on cooking pork chops

  • If you flip the pork chops numerous of times before its cooked on that side, it will take away the natural juices
  • You can add garlic powder to bring out the seasoning
  • Cutting off the fat makes it less fatting

Grilling Pork chops

Grilling cuts down on the fat for anyone who doesn't want much grease in their meat. When grilling you always want to get a non stick oil spray. You season the meat the same way.

Questions & Answers


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        Rosella 5 months ago

        I'm sorry but where is the sofrito at and that much adobo will only make u have salty food period don't need 2 packs of Sazon either way too much

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        Chulis63 6 months ago

        No way this is really authentic Puerto Rican Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pegeon Peas). Missing the most important ingredient: Homemade Sofrito!!!

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        cookingmom68 8 months ago

        This is very similar to the recipe that my Puerto Rican mother in law made. She used sazon, sofrito or recaito as well as tomato sauce and adobo. If you read what Priscilla wrote in the comments salt is to taste. I used this recipe as a jumping off point. From past experience I know that the majority of the ingredients are salty so I adjust. If you have any prior experience with any of these then you should know. I have to say it irritates me when people criticize how other people cook. There is a way to say things without sounding condescending. I think this is a great recipe and I tweaked it to MY liking.

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        Beth133 9 months ago

        Heart-A-Tack!!! My son's grandmother is 90 if I show this to her idk what she would say lol oh my god in Spanish?

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        Jennifer 10 months ago

        Rather than the can of tomatoe sauce I used 8 ounces of jarred sofrito, no salt , 1tbsp of pepper and and 1/2 tbsp of adobe with pepper. This recipe is a great starting point....

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        Katie 13 months ago

        Way too much adobo. Made it taste like a salt factory. Will only lighly sprinkle adobo next tim. 1/2 cup was wayyyy to much. And too much pepper. Made it too spicy. Mabye only 1 tsp pepper next time. My husband had to rinse the cooked pork chops under water to make them edible from all the adobo. Do not add 1/2 cup adobo. Only lighly sprinkle chops with it.

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        Alyssa L 14 months ago

        I would definitely recommend using sofrito and a few other spices for the rice (like cumin, oregano, and bay leaves). I also use an oz can of tomato sauce though. I would also recommend using chicken stock or broth instead of water.

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        Glitterzfairy 14 months ago

        I used 1/4 cup of adobo for th porkchops instead of 1/2 cup. Even that was too much salt content. I can't imagine how salty it would have been had I used the full amount!! Rice turned out good, I added the beans 10 mins before serving because I don't like them mushy. I also added green olives to the rice. I'm used to using sofrito but this was a decent dish.

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        Amanda 19 months ago

        I love Puerto Rican rice and this tasted nothing like any rice I've ever had before I'm thoroughly disappointed. Too much salt. Too much pepper. I feel like I just wasted ingredients to make something I am not going to enjoy.

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        Rody 2 years ago

        I also think it had way too much salt and my husband loves salt and he even said too much salt and way too much pepper!!!!! Did you mean 1 tsp salt and 2 tsps pepper. Also for the pork chops, way too much pepper!!!

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        carmen porche 2 years ago

        I'm from P.R. born and raised. We always use either sofrito and/or recaito! We also use achiote for the color in the rice. And yes,that amount of salt is outrageous if your using Sason and Adobo since they are also high in salt! I never use tomato sauce or paste and I never put meat in my arroz con gandules! Just saying!

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        priscilla 3 years ago

        I didn't put sofrito because the one I use has certain ingredients and that's another recipe to make . My grandmother was born and raised in Puerto Rico and she always does it with tomato sauce. If its to much salt, you can always put less. Some people like less salt than others, so its really about how much salt you want.

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        jo 3 years ago

        How is this Puerto Rican rice? It has no sofrito!!!!!

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        monica 3 years ago

        Way to salty . Didn't even have sofrito . When got done my 6 yr old didn't even eat it and she is normally a trash can she eats anything except this .

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        laura rodriguez 3 years ago

        If you using Adobo in your rice, you really don't need any salt. Never seen anyone use sauce in their rice, usually it's sofrito

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        3 years ago

        I agree Jeff, way to much salt. I thought I was going to die. I think maybe 1 tsp is good enough. If you are counting calories this dish is not for you. It was really good but too salty. The pork chops were awesome.

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        Marisa 3 years ago

        Use only 1 tsp of salt. Then add more to your liking.

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        JeffM 4 years ago

        Very good, but I used half the salt for the rice & it was still WAAAY too much.

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        Priscilla Cruz 4 years ago

        your welcome

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        Lori Phillips 4 years ago from Southern California USA

        Can't wait to try this. My hubby adores Puerto Rican rice and beans. Thanks!