Thursday, October 22, 2009

Arroz con Gandules (Rice & Pigeon Peas)

My mother in law makes this all the time. I thought I would try to make it and it's not as hard as it looks. This recipe was a little off (or maybe just my stove heat wasn't matching with the Goya's kitchens) but the end result after a little tweaking was that this rice is good!

Here is the recipe I got off the Goya website:
(I tweaked mine just a little)

Arroz con Gandules (Rice & Pigeon Peas)

1 lb. pork, in ½ inch cubes (I used pork sausage already seasoned)
2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup white onion, finely diced
½ cup green pepper, finely diced
1 tsp. Minced Garlic or 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 tbsp. Goya Recaito (I didn't have this so I left it out)
½ tsp. Oregano
½ cup Tomato Sauce
1 packet Sazón Goya with Coriander and Annatto
1 can Green Pigeon Peas, undrained (15 oz.)
0.333 cup Pitted Alcaparrado, sliced ( I left mine whole..easier for my kids to pick out)

2 cups water

2 cups Goya Medium Grain Rice


1. In caldero or large deep skillet, heat oil on medium-high. Stir in pork and cook until lightly browned about 15 minutes.
3. Reduce heat to medium, stir in onion, pepper and garlic and cook until lightly browned about 10 minutes.
4. Stir in oregano and tomato sauce and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
5. Stir in Sazón, pigeon peas, Alcaparrado olives and water and bring to boil. Stir in rice, return to boil, cover, lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir and turn rice from bottom up, cover and continue to cook on low about 30 minutes or until rice is tender.

(I added more water and cooked longer to get rice to a nice tender consistency)


  1. I was eyeballing a can of pigeon peas at the market yesterday - I've never tasted them. This looks tasty! Flavor-filled and comforting.

  2. Holy cow Amber! I just want to grab a fork and climb through the screen! Mmmm Mmmm!

  3. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Amber, how cool is that? Ive never heard of pigeon peas. Must look for them. Recipe is great.

  5. I love arroz con gandules! My brother's wife is from Puerto Rico and she makes that delicious dish.

  6. Ive never had pigeon peas, Ill have to look for them. This bowl of rice looks delicious, love your choice of sausage.

  7. this is a classic and it looks like you did it justice!

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    Looks good.

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