Sabroso Saturday: Arroz con Gandules (Rice & Peas)

by Migdalia Rivera

It’s Sabroso Saturday (Translation: Tasty Saturday)! The day when we share recipes that have helped us stretch our budget, our imagination and our taste buds, without sacrificing our health!


This week I am sharing a family favorite, arroz con gandules or rice and green pigeon peas in English. This is my super quick version because I used sofrito, which is a blend of fresh spices and vegetables that are prepared beforehand and frozen for future use.

Arroz con gandules works well with any meat. It also seems to taste better the next day but that could be because I’m not cooking two days in a row!

I have to admit my sons enjoy it much more than white rice.  In fact, when I made it this week instead of the usual white rice and beans,  my 9 year old stated, “Mom you are finally cooking!” 

I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine!


Arroz con gandules (Rice and green pigeon peas)


  • 5 olives
  • 1 package of Goya sazon with coriander and annatto
  • 1/2 a cup of ham chopped or 1 package of Goya Ham flavoring
  • 1/2 cup of Sofrito (Homemade is preferred but you can use store brought)
  • 1 15oz can of Green Pigeon Peas
  • 4 cups of rice
  • 6 cups of water



Makes about 8 -10 servings based on how my family eats  (see picture below) but may be more based on your serving size

  1. Put olives, sazon, ham, sofrito and green pigeon peas in a large pot. Simmer over low heat.
  2. Add 4 cups of rice into pot. Mix rice with the simmered seasoning.
  3. Once blended, add 6 cups of water and raise heat to high.
  4. Boil over high heat until rice begins to boil. Allow to continue boiling for about 2-3 minutes. Turn rice and lower the heat to a low medium heat and cover.
  5. Stir after 15 minutes and cover.
  6. Continue cooking until rice is cooked (app. 45 min. with my old pot!)


Psst if your family is resistant to brown rice, using it to make rice and peas is the perfect way to hide it. When my sons aren’t in the kitchen, helping me cook, I use brown instead of white and my boys are none the wiser!

¡Buen Provecho!

Arroz con Gandules (Rice & Peas)


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Enjoy & have a healthy Sabroso Saturday!

About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ofelia November 27, 2010 at 11:26 am

This is such a “basic” dish that my mother never showed me, yet it was always on the table for special occasions. Thanks for sharing – now I don’t feel so left out from the tradition.
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2 Micaela Vega @strivingbean November 27, 2010 at 11:27 am

Your son’s comment about “you’re finally cooking!” made me laugh! You can freeze rice too – that way you can make a big batch when you have time, then have it throughout the week. Good for you for making the switch to brown rice!

My recipe is “Sesame Green Beans”. Easy side dish with a fancy touch.
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3 Carolyn G November 27, 2010 at 11:54 am

The first time i had this was in Puerto RIco a couple of years ago. It was delish. I wanted to recreate and now I can.

4 karen M November 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm

sounds yummy, I didn’t know you can freeze rice (comment above)

5 Romina Mamá XXI November 27, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Looks yummy, healty and easy to prepare, Great recipe, love it! thanks!!!
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6 Joscelyn @ November 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Love this arroz con gandules healthy recipe! Such a great part of the Puerto Rican meals. I make arroz con gandules in the rice cooker and it works too. Thanks!
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7 Lisa November 27, 2010 at 6:32 pm

My fave recipe. I love arroz con gandules. I made guineos which is perfect with arroz. :)

8 JulieDiazAsper November 27, 2010 at 8:03 pm

That is some rice with mayor sabor. I love tasty rice. White rice is only ok if it has beans on top of it :)

9 Lileni November 28, 2010 at 5:43 am

Se ve delicioso este arrocito!
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10 Rachel November 29, 2010 at 11:35 am

My favorite rice dish above many! Great recipe.
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11 Sabrina November 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm

My personal favorite…unfortunately, I’m nominated to make it at all family gatherings :)

12 Melissa December 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Everytime I make this it comes out amogollao. Everytime. Kids don’t seem to mind, but I think I need a real caldero and maybe I should try long grain rice. hmmmmm. To the kitchen!!

13 Tamara B. January 25, 2011 at 12:07 am

Love this recipe and a beautiful presentation!

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