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.

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