Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)

Arroz con Gandules

Arroz con Gandules or Rice with Pigeon Peas is a traditional Puerto Rican dish consisting of rice cooked with bacon, sautéed onions, garlic, red and green peppers, tomato, garlic, cumin, annato and cilantro. Most Latin people love arroz or rice. We can’t live without it. We eat rice almost every day and therefore have many different rice based dishes. Anything you can think of and there is a rice based dish for it.

I served the Arroz con Gandules with patacones or tostones, (fried green plantains) and it was a delicious rice dish.

Buen provecho!



(4-6 servings)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 pound bacon or ham, diced
  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons sazon goya with annato
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 can (15 oz.)pigeon peas
  • Salt and pepper


  1. In a large pan over medium heat, add the oil and the bacon or ham. Sauté for 5 minutes or until the bacon is brown. Remove and set aside.
  2. Add more olive oil, green pepper, garlic, red pepper, onion, salt, black pepper, ground cumin and cilantro. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add the rice and stir to coat. Add the water, tomato paste and pigeon peas, stir and bring to a boil. Add the bacon and sazon goya. Reduce the heat, cover and cook for about 25 minutes.
  4. Remove the rice from the heat, let it sit covered for 5 minutes and serve.
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  1. says

    I’ve had this, Erica. (but I bet yours is way better!) And I could eat plantains all day long! Nice balance to serve them with your rice dish.
    Happy New Year to you!

  2. says

    Wow oh wow this looks so good! I can’t live without rice either, have to have it at least for one meal a day. I love cilantro (puzzled at first at what it was because we call it coriander) and it makes me love any dish instantly.

  3. says

    Wow, I didn’t know it has bacon. So, it must be really good and then adding a side dish of tostones. I had to try it.

    Happy 2011 and many blessing to you and your family.

    Que la pases muy bien amiga, te envio un abrazo y un beso.


  4. says

    I agree with Chris! I love rice too, and have been eating it regularly lately on my new eating plan!

    Hope you are feeling well, and I am on to read about that chocolate cake I just saw…my weakness :)

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  5. says

    You did a great job on my arroz con gandules. I usually ues pork ribs and chorizo.
    When I was traveling to Coasta Rica, my friend said that the gandules were for the birds and they did not eat it. I was visiting friends and decided to take gandules with me and my seasonings. I made it for a party and everyone went crazy. As we was leaving for our hotel, I spied one of the guys with the pot on his lap scraping the “pegao” as we like to call it.

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