Feb 3, 2009

Puerto Rican Style Beans





Pink beans with diced potatoes seasoned to perfection and ready in less than 20 minutes.

My husband's favorite meal is rice and beans so this side dish is always a hit in my home. You can use dried beans which I often do, but during the week when I want to make a quick meal, canned beans work perfectly fine. Also works with red beans. Serve over rice.



Puerto Rican Style Beans
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 Size: 1/2 cup Time: 15 minutes Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts

SOFRITO
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1/2 cubanelle (banana) pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 15.5 oz can pink beans
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced into 1/4 pieces
  • 1 packet sazon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch oregano
  • salt and pepper
In a mini food processor, chop onions, garlic, pepper and cilantro. Add oil to a medium saucepan and saute the chopped ingredients about 2 minutes. Drain and rinse the beans and add to the saucepan along with sofrito with 3/4 cup of water. Add tomato sauce, potato, sazon, bay leaf, oregano, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer on low for about 15 minutes.

36 comments :

  1. I love Puerto Rican rice and beans!Can I find pink beans at the regular grocery store? I know that I have never been able to find gandules unless it's at a latin market.Thanks for all of the wonderful recipes!

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  2. Sazon is a seasoning used on meats, fish, poultry, beans and even to flavor soups and stews. Typical ingredients include cilantro, corriander, annatto, azafran, achiote, garlic, onion or salt. Some brands contain MSG so check labels. I buy Badia Sazon Tropical because it has no MSG. It is found in the Latin or Mexican aisle.

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  3. They sell pink beans in my regular supermarket, Stop and Shop and Pathmark. I would think you can find them anywhere. Gandules are pigeon peas so next time see if you find it that way.

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  4. This is a really neat blog, just discovered it. Do you think you could consider writing down calorie count as well as WW points? You'd get more traffic here, because a lot of people like calorie counting over WW...just a thought.

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  5. I would, but I'm not familiar with calories. I suppose I could learn though! Something to think about, thank you for the suggestion!

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  6. This looks great! I grew up with this dish and ate this as a compliment to every meal but breakfast from the ages of 1-18. I don't make it much anymore now that I'm watching what I eat and my salt intake, but this really does look like a great compromise. Now if only I could get some of my mother's recaito, I'd be a happy girl :)

    (pink beans = pinto/habichuelas pintas?)

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  7. Hi. Can anyone make lunch suggestions. I work and have a far commute (public transportation). I much rather buy lunch

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  8. When I buy lunch (I usually bring) I usually get sushi, soups or salads. All safe choices for lunch.

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  9. Gina - Your family is so lucky to have you cooking for them! All the recipes that I've tried from your website are so delicious that it's hard to believe that they are healthy too. But the thing I appreciate the most is that they are quick to prepare! These beans are fabulous and I feel like I'm cheating on my diet since they are only 2 points a serving. Thank you again!!!

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  10. Hello all

    i have tried many recipes off of Gina's Blog and so far no disappointments ... these beans were amazing!!!! I made them with the string beans in garlic and the Tilapia Oreganata... so freaking good... I'm addicted to this site!

    Thank You Gina!!

    :)

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  11. I made this tonight! Excellent!

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  12. One thing that did not seem obvious to me...do I add the sauteed onion, garlic, pepper and cilantro to the bean/water/sauce mixture and cook for 15 minutes? Thanks!

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  13. Oh yes, sorry, when you add the water to the beans, you add the sofrito (onion, garlic...)Thanks for noticing that.

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  14. graceismine6/15/10, 8:48 PM

    I am not a bean eater but my hubby loves them. I made this recipe and we both gobbled it up!!! This is SO yummy!!! Thanks for another wonderful recipe!!! :O)

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  15. made this with white rice and your empanada recipe, great combo. you know what i like about this one? nothing is different from how you would normally make this. besides the bay leaf, which is just a herb and adds nothing calorie wise, this is exactly how i make my PR beans. so this style of making beans is just naturally low in calories, who'd a thunk?! have you ever made or tried verduras con bacalao? i would love to make this one low in calories or points.

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  16. Beans are so good for you, as long as you don't use a ton of fat to cook them, you are good! Email me your bacalao recipe, I'll see if I can lighten it. My husband will be happy to eat this one!

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  17. I am making this for my sister and myself tomorrow night. I love this website and have found that I really really like Latin food. I like being able to come to this site and find something tasty, nutritious and NEW! I get so tired of the same ole thing all the time. That's what makes sticking to healthy foods/diet difficult for me. Thanks to your recipes I am finding a whole new world of tasty and good for me dishes. Just a question, would this be a complete meal served with some brown rice? Or would white rice be better? I know the point value is different.
    THANKS!

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  18. can i bother you for nutrition info or point plus?

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  19. Tried this one out today. I knew I was going to love it but didnt realize how much until I took that first bite. Delicious!

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  20. One word- YUM! My Husband loved this.

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  21. I made this tonight (though I admit I cheated with a jarred Sofrito, just this once!) and it was fantastic. Since it said "side dish", I threw in half a turkey smoked sausage. Delicious, but I think it would have been enough without it as a main dish. Thanks for the great recipe! I'm marking this one. :)

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  22. do u know what the calorie count is on this? Thx

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  23. I LOVE all of your awesome Latin and Caribbean rice and beans recipes. This one is my boyfriend's favorite, but when I made this--and the rice with pigeon peas recipe, too--I found the Sazon to be a little too cloying/salty to really enjoy it. (Very sad!) Can you recommend some seasonings to make a homemade substitute for Sazon?

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  24. I just made this tonight. It is DELISH!!! Thanks for the recipe!

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  25. Wow this looks great! We love rice and beans and are looking forward to this!! I am planning on making it this week. But in the rural area of the country I live in the supermarket doesn't carry sazon and I am wondering about a homemade version as well. Also what is sofrito? Is it an ingredient and if so how much are we supposed to use?

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  26. Started weight watchers but i dont have a book to translate my favorite foods like bacalo con viandas or arroz con pollo into points,please help where can i get this information.

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  27. I make this all the time, I'm Puertorican. I suggest you replace the potato with pumpkin, and add some cumin powder. I belive the PPV goes down for the replacement of pumpkin.!!BUEN PROVECHO!!

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  28. This recipe looks amazing. I have never used potato. I'm from the Caribbean and we always use pumpkin instead of potato. It is AMAZING. You should try it sometime!

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  29. I just made this to go with Skinny Roast Pork and it was fantastic. I left out the potatoes to save a point. The unique spices and ingredients are essential to this recipe. I will definitely make this again. Thank you!

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  30. So so good! I put it over brown rice & it was still very yummy! Served it with roast pork & Goya fried plantains (from frozen aisle) & it was a hit! New family favorite:)

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  31. Hi, I worked the CALORIE count out on myfitnesspal.com and the entire dish has 488 calories which divides back to 122 calories per serve. Hope this helps. I can't wait to make it. It looks so delicious.

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