Puerto Rican Rice & Pork Chops Recipe with Great Flavor

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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.

Comments 12 comments

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Lori P. 2 years ago from Southern California USA

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

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Priscilla Cruz 2 years ago Author

your welcome

JeffM 2 years ago

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

Marisa 2 years ago

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

23 months 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.

laura rodriguez 19 months 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

monica 19 months 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 .

jo 18 months ago

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

priscilla 18 months 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.

carmen porche 10 months 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!

Rody 8 months 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!!!

Amanda 5 weeks 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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