Puerto Rican Style Beans

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This is my quick and easy Puerto Rican beans recipe, using pink or red canned beans and diced potatoes; perfect when you need a quick side dish.

This is my quick version of Puerto Rican style beans, which I make with either pink or red canned beans and diced potatoes, perfect when you need a quick side.
Puerto Rican Beans

My husband’s FAVORITE meal is rice and beans. Especially when I serve them with breaded pork cutlets. I grew up eating rice and beans being part of a multi-cultural family. Most of my summers I stayed at my cousins house in Puerto Rico, and fell in love with the cuisine. I learned how to make these quick and easy Puerto Rican Beans which are always on rotation in my home. I also love these Brazilian Black Beans and Quick Cuban Black Beans.

Since Tommy is half Puerto Rican, I learned to make a lot of Puerto Rican dishes from my cousin and Tommy’s mom.

Don’t get me wrong, I love making Puerto Rican beans from scratch with dry beans. But on nights I need a quick side dish, canned beans are the way to go. We serve it over white rice but it’s also great over brown rice as a side dish to chicken, pork chops or steak. You can easily make it a meatless main dish, served over rice with avocado (and some hot sauce!) and call it a meal.

I usually have sofrito in my freezer, I make big batches of it for beans and other dishes. Here I scaled it down to make an exact amount, but if you have your own homemade use 1/4 cup.

How To Make Puerto Rican Beans

These Puerto Rican beans are quick and easy using canned beans, diced potatoes and sofrito.

  • Use pink or red canned beans. Both work fine for this recipe
  • Don’t rinse or drain the beans. Why not? I only rinse beans if I am using them in salads, but when I make beans like this, I prefer not to rinse or drain so my beans thicken as they would if I was cooking them for hours.
  • Saute sofrito in a little oil. This is where the flavor comes from.
  • Add the canned beans, potatoes, tomato sauce, Sazon, bay leaf, oregano and salt with a little water for 15 minutes. Cook covered until the potatoes are tender, about 2o minutes, or until your desired thickness.

The ingredients for these Puerto Rican beans

This red canned beans recipe uses just a few ingredients that’s wonderful served over rice to make rice and beans.

  • Canned red or pink beans: Canned red or pink beans, I like Goya and don’t drain or rinse them.
  • Sofrito: I use my homemade sofrito made with garlic, cilantro and cubanelle pepper, chopped fine in my chopper.
  • Tomato Sauce: Adds flavor
  • Diced Potatoes: White, red or yukon is fine, peeled and diced small
  • Dried Oregano, Bay Leaf, Salt and Black Pepper: for seasoning
  • Sazon: adds flavor

How To Make Puerto Rican Beans

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Puerto Rican Style Beans

134 Cals 7.5 Protein 26 Carbs 2 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Side Dish
CUISINE: Puerto Rican
This is my quick version of Puerto Rican style beans, which I make with either pink or red canned beans and diced potatoes, perfect when you need a quick side.


For the Sofrito:

  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1/2 cubanelle, or banana pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

For The Beans

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 15.5 oz can pink or red kidney beans, I like Goya
  • 1/2 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced 1/4-inch (4 1/2 oz)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Sazon seasoning, homemade or store bought
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste


  • In a mini food processor, chop onions, garlic, pepper and cilantro.
  • Add oil to a medium saucepan and sauté the chopped ingredients, cook on medium heat until soft,  about 2 minutes.
  • Add the beans (not drained) to the saucepan along with 3/4 cup of water.
  • Add tomato sauce, potato, sazon, bay leaf, oregano, salt if needed and pinch of black pepper.
  • Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are soft.
  • Discard bay leaf and serve over rice if you wish.



Serving: 3/4 cup beans and sauce, Calories: 134kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 7.5g, Fat: 2g, Sodium: 641.5mg, Fiber: 7.5g, Sugar: 4g
WW Points Plus: 3
Keywords: dairy free, puerto rican dish, quick, rice and beans, side dish, Spanish beans

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  1. Amazing Recipe that reminds me of my PR grandma. Also, super clean and my go to.

  2. Other ingredient is pumpkin instead of the potato. I’m Puertorrican and was my favorite way to have them. I would mash the pumpkin and mix with my rice. Makes the sauce thicker too. 

  3. Can’t waitcto try thid

  4. Made this with black beans, turned out great. I did rinse the beans though. The recipe states to not drain them, but I have found that if I dont drain black beans, the dish ends up with an unappetizing appearance.

  5. This is just delicious!! I make with rice and the pork cutlets with lime. A family favorite.

  6. I’ve been searching for a skinny recipe for Puerto Rican corn beef hash Like the canned corn beef version with the potatoes or french fries I would love for you to work and post on one of those recipes

  7. This was delicious. I’ve made it three times already. Such a simple and delicious recipe!

  8. Excellent and thank you.

  9. Made this and double the recipe
    Sofriti doubled the cilantro,garlic and used red onion

    Recipe: two cans of beans. 3 Tbsp of homemade sasson/sazon, doubled: bay leaf, oregano,tomato sauce and used white and black pepper. I didnt add the 3/4 of water because when reheating I’ll add water. It was good, buy I felt it was missing the depth i was accustomed to (being a NY’er, ‘m used to the msg laden beans) so I added 2 Tbsps of lard. This addition kicked up the flavor and I’m sure it added to the points but that’s ok. Everything else remained the same.
    I let Iet it simmer for 30 mins.

    Mine looke exactly as yours does in the picture because I used organic tomato sauce in a glass jar and only, added extra water as needed.
    Ate this with 2 roasted, skinless drumsticks.