How to Make Arroz Con Gandulez (Puerto Rican Rice)

by Dani Sullivan

I have made some modifications to this recipe, will post a complete new one soon.


  • 1 ½ Cups Sofrito/ recaito
  • 1 Can of Gandulez / pigeon peas
  • 3 Cups White rice
  • 3 Cups Packets of sazon with annatto
  • 1 Cup Green olives
  • 4 Cups Peices of bacon
  • 1 Small can of tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Sweet yellow or red peppers
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    My home made sofrito you can buy it at the store or make it yourself

    Step 2

    Gandulez look like this 😉

    Step 3

    Those are our major ingredients : olives , sazon, tomato sauce, gandulez , bacon

    Step 4

    What sofrito or recaito looks like

    Step 5

    4 thick slices of bacon rough chopped

    Step 6

    Put a little vegetable oil in the rice and stir it up

    Step 7

    Then add two packets of sazon it makes it a light orange color

    Step 8

    Fry up the bacon make sure it's crispy then add one packet of sazon

    Step 9

    The rice should look like that

    Step 10

    Add the sofrito to the bacon right before adding the rice do this on a medium high heat UPDATE: I now take the bacon out and leave the fat of the oil.

    Step 11

    Mix the rice in and stir till it looks like that, you may add chopped sweet peppers now

    Step 12

    Dump the entire can of gandulez including the liquid we don't use much water for this

    Step 13

    The add the entire little can of tomato sauce

    Step 14

    Add olives and stir

    Step 15

    Half a cup of water

    Step 16

    It should look like this it takes about 45 min for this rice to cook add water slowly and stir often

    Step 17

    In the end 😛😍😍😍

    Step 18

    And that's my scrubby ass ready to grubb hope you enjoy it 😘

    Step 19

    Everyone will love it UPDATE: I crumble the left over bacon on top :-)