A Puerto Rican-style comfort food, this warm and tasty rice and beans dish made with Carolina® Jasmine Rice is seasoned to perfection and is ideal as a side dish and hearty enough to serve as the main dish.
Heat oil in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Cook bacon for 3 to 5 minutes or until crispy around the edges and lightly golden. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Stir in onion, bell pepper, tomato, 2 tbsp cilantro, garlic, sazon seasoning, adobo seasoning, cumin, oregano, and coriander and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Stir in broth, tomato sauce, potatoes and bay leaves; bring to a boil and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in beans, olives, and cooked bacon; bring back to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook at a simmer, stirring occasionally, for 45 to 60 minutes or until beans are very tender and sauce is thick. Remove bay leaves before serving.
Meanwhile, cook rice according to package directions.
Serve beans over rice. Garnish with remaining cilantro, sliced avocado, and lemon juice.
For a slightly different and sweeter flavor, try it with sweet potato or pumpkin instead of regular potatoes. If you prefer, you can also try this recipe with white rice.
Rice and beans are a traditional base and side dish in many cuisines around the world thanks to their complementing flavors and vast versatility. The ingredient combinations that can be added to make vibrant and delicious dishes are truly endless. Whether you follow a vegan, vegetarian, Gluten Free, or meat-inclusive diet, you and your family can enjoy this delicious combination in many different ways.
What makes this tasty combination even more appealing is that not only are both foods widely available in most parts of the world, but they are inexpensive, easy to store, easy to cook, and the combination of the legumes and grain provides several important nutrients and makes up a complete protein. What can’t this combo do?
This Puerto Rican-style Arroz con Habichuelas Guisadas (Spanish for stewed rice and beans) is incredibly flavorful as it is loaded with fresh veggies, spices, and a little bacon. Hearty and filling enough to serve as a main dish, but also perfect as a tasty side dish in smaller portions. With just a few simple steps, you and your family can enjoy a taste of Puerto Rico at the dinner table tonight. For another easy, fun, and delicious rice and bean dish your family is sure to love, try this Black Bean & Brown Rice Burrito recipe!
For another Latin American classic dish, try this arroz chaufa.
After you have enjoyed this dish, why not take a look at one of our rice pudding recipes for something sweet.