Easy Arroz con Gandules Recipe

Easy Arroz con Gandules Recipe

How To Make Easy Arroz con Gandules

Arroz con Gandules is a delicious rice dish of Puerto Rican origin, which is cooked with pigeon peas, brown rice, tomato sauce, and flavorful seasonings.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes



  • 2green bell peppers,diced
  • 1onion,chopped
  • 6clovesgarlic,minced
  • 1bunchcilantro,finely chopped
  • 3tbspolive oil
  • 15oztomato sauce,(1 can)
  • .25ozspanish seasoning,(1 package)
  • 3cupsbrown rice,uncooked
  • 15ozpigeon peas,(2 cans) drained
  • 6cupsboiling water


  1. Place the green peppers, onion, garlic, and cilantro in a blender or food processor, and puree. This mixture is called soffrito, it is the seasoning base.

  2. Place 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 6 tablespoons of soffrito in an 8-quart saucepan.

  3. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes to release the oils.

  4. Pour 1 can of tomato sauce and the Spanish seasoning packet into the saucepan, mix well.

  5. Add 3 cups of rice to the mixture, and stir until the rice is coated.

  6. Stir the pigeon peas into the mixture, and add boiling water.

  7. Cover the pot with aluminum foil and a pot lid.

  8. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 45 minutes, or until the rice is tender.

Recipe Notes

The soffrito can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks, or frozen for up to 6 months.


  • Calories: 271.34kcal
  • Fat: 5.45g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.90g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.96g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.19g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.40g
  • Fiber: 4.65g
  • Sugar: 3.29g
  • Protein: 7.04g
  • Sodium: 179.40mg
  • Calcium: 54.27mg
  • Potassium: 504.74mg
  • Iron: 2.16mg
  • Vitamin A: 24.36µg
  • Vitamin C: 34.09mg
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