18 Traditional Puerto Rican Recipes

Grandma Anna's Puerto Rican Rice and Black Beans

This dish, a classic in my grandmother's Puerto Rican kitchen, is a favorite in my family. You can turn up the heat by adding a few extra shakes of red pepper flakes, and enhance the smoky flavor by lacing with bacon. Either way, make extra, so you have leftovers for days to come!

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup onion- (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green, red, yellow peppers (either one color or a combo of all three)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
  • 1 pound black beans, soaked and drained
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 8 ounces can of tomato sauce
  • 1 packet Goya Sazon (without Annatto)
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch sprinkle dried red pepper flakes (optional, if you want an extra kick)


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