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Puerto Rican Stewed Beans (Habichuelas Guisadas)

Puerto Rican stewed beans or habichuelas guisadas is an amazingly flavorful dish that’s waiting to be in your recipe repertoire. This simple stewed bean dish is one of those recipes you can never get tired of. It’s so good and well-liked by everyone in our family. Thick, hearty and tasty, it’s the ultimate comfort food! The best part is, it’s incredibly easy to make! It goes great with a side of white rice or tostones.

Puerto Rican stewed beans and white rice on a plate.

Habichuelas translates to “beans” and guisada to “stew”

Habichuelas Guisadas in particular, uses pink beans or “habichuelas rosadas”.

These are small, pale, and brownish-pink in color with a rich flavor.

Habichuelas rosadas are also very meaty and fibrous. These beans can absorb spices nicely making them perfect for this stew.

Beans are a staple pantry ingredient in our kitchen. I always have a variety.

They’re easy to stock and have a long shelf life. Best of all, its an important source of protein and fiber.

This traditional Puerto Rican side dish is a delicious compliment to white rice (or yellow rice).

Every Puerto Rican home has their own version of this bean dish, and most restaurants serve rice with a side of Puerto Rican stewed beans.

The two are practically soul mates. Although it’s a side dish, it can easily be transformed into a hearty and nutritious main dish by adding some veggies such as diced potatoes.

Are frijoles and habichuelas the same thing?

Frijoles and habichuelas both mean “beans”. However Mexico uses the term “frijoles” and Puerto Rico “habichuelas”.

Making pink beans.

What is habichuelas guisadas made of?

Here are the ingredients we need to make this scrumptious stew:

  • manzanilla olives
  • vegetable oil
  • sofrito
  • canned tomato sauce
  • Sazon Goya with culantro and achiote
  • chicken bouillon
  • pink beans
  • rice

Manzanilla olives are meaty green olives typical in Puerto Rican dishes.

They add a wonderful flavor to the stewed beans.

Sazon Goya is a Latin and Carribean seasoning that’s used to flavor rice dishes, soups and stews.

You can find it in Hispanic groceries and major super markets.

Sofrito is a thick sauce made out of peppers, garlic, onions and herbs.

It is used in cooking throughout the Mediterannean, Caribbean and Hispanic cuisines.

The aromatic blend of herbs and spices flavor many dishes from paellas, empanadas, to stews.

You can pick up sofrito from the super market alongside sazon and canned pink beans but this condiment is very easy to make at home.

How to make Puerto Rican pink beans and rice

The first thing I do is make the rice that way it’s already done when the beans are ready.

I rinse the rice first to get rid of excess starch. I’m using 1 cup of Jasmine rice.

washing rice

Add the rice to a pot along with 1 tbs oil and 1 3/4 cups of water.

Next bring the rice to a boil over medium high heat and let it boil for about 3 minutes.

Then cover with the lid and reduce heat to medium low. Let it cook for about 15 minutes.

Puerto Rican white rice

Next remove the pot from heat and let it rest for 10 minutes. Then fluff with a fork.

White rice in a pot.

Heat up some oil in a skillet over medium heat.

Then add the sofrito and cook for a minute or two.

Cooking sofrito in a pot.

Next add the tomato sauce and Sazon. Continue to cook another minute.

Then add the beans, chicken bouillon and water. Bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for about 15-20 minutes.

Then serve with a side of the white rice.

Making Puerto Rican pink beans.

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Puerto Rican stewed beans recipe

Flavourful beans simmered in tomato sauce and sofrito and bursting with Latin flavors, Puerto Rican stewed beans (habichuelas guisadas) with rice will be your weeknight fancy.

It’s an economical and very delicious dish the whole family will love.

Have this nutritious dish for Meatless Mondays. Swap the chicken bouillon for vegetable stock.

Make it a wholesome and even heartier stew by adding potatoes or carrots.

Habichuelas guisadas with white rice on a plate.
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Puerto Rican Stewed Beans (Habichuelas Guisadas)

Puerto Rican stewed beans are an easy and economical dish the whole family will enjoy.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Puerto Rican
Keyword habichuelas guisadas, puerto rican stewed beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 442 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

For the beans

  • 1/4 cup manzanilla olives
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sofrito
  • 1/2 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1 packet sazon goya with culantro and achiote
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon
  • 15.5 oz can of pink beans
  • 1 1/4 cup water

For the rice

  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 cup water

Instructions

For the rice

  1. Rinse the rice then add it to a pot along with the oil and water.

  2. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Let it boil for 3 minutes.

  3. Then cover with the lid and reduce heat to medium low. Let it cook for about 15 minutes.

  4. Remove the pot from heat and let it rest for 10 minutes. Then fluff with a fork.

For the beans

  1. Heat up the oil in a skillet over medium heat.

  2. Add the sofrito and cook for a minute or two.

  3. Add the tomato sauce and Sazon. Continue to cook another minute.

  4. Then add the beans, chicken bouillon and water. Bring to a boil.

  5. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for about 15-20 minutes.

  6. Serve with a side of the white rice.

Nutrition Facts
Puerto Rican Stewed Beans (Habichuelas Guisadas)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 442 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 1498mg65%
Potassium 823mg24%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 956IU19%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 185mg19%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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