Category Archives: Puerto Rican

Slow Cooker Black Beans

This is one of those foods that has as many methods as there are cooks.  This just happens to be mine.  Jorge always said he didn’t like them, and I decided that he had experienced some bland version, so I worked and reworked my version until I arrived at this.  He loved it! So there you are; no more revisions in the black beans category.  : )

Slow Cooker Black Beans
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  • 2 c black beans
  • 6 c water, divided
  • 1 ham hock
  • 1 Tbsp GOYA® Recaito
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • GOYA® Adobo, to taste
  • 1½ tsp white vinegar
  • 1 chorizo sausage, casing removed and sausage chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • ¼ c alcaparrado
  • ¼ c orange juice
  1. Soak beans in 2 c water for several hours, or overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse.
  3. Place in slow cooker and cover with 4 c water.
  4. In a skillet ( I used the cast iron skillet I had just used to fry bacon for breakfast), cook ham hock on med heat , turning frequently, until it begins to sizzle.
  5. Remove and place in slow cooker.
  6. Put the Recaito, onion, and garlic into the skillet and cook on low for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  7. Pour into slow cooker over beans.
  8. Add remaining ingredients and cook on low 8-9 hours.
  9. Serve with white rice.


Mojo Pork, Black Beans, White Rice, and Tostones

Mojo Pork, Black Beans, White Rice, and Tostones

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Chicken and Rice (Arroz con Pollo)


Chicken and Rice (Arroz con Pollo)
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Serves: 4
  • 1 - 12.5 oz can Fully Cooked Chunk Chicken, drained
  • 1 Tbsp Adobo con Pimiento
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ packet Sazon with Achiote
  • 6 garlic cloves, mashed
  • ½ C Spanish-style tomato sauce
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp recaito
  • 8 pimento-stuffed olives
  • 1 Tbsp capers
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 2 C medium-grain rice
  • 2 C chicken stock
  • ⅓ C red roasted pepper, cut into strips
  1. In a medium-size pot or caldero, heat EVOO.
  2. Add Sazon, Adobo, garlic, tomato sauce, green pepper, recaito, olives, capers, and onion powder.
  3. Saute over medium heat for two minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  5. Stir in rice.
  6. Return to boiling, stirring frequently.
  7. Add chicken.
  8. Lower heat; allow rice to simmer slowly until tender.
  9. Add red pepper strips.




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Chuletas Fritas en Ajo (Garlic Fried Pork Chops)

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Once again, I am reposting a favorite recipe of ours.  This is something I cook quite often, and I hope you will like it as well as we do.
Chuletas Fritas en Ajo (Garlic Fried Pork Chops)
Serves: 4-6
Adapted from "A Taste of Puerto Rico: Traditional and New Dishes from the Puerto Rican Community"
  • 8-10 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 Tbsp GOYA® Adobo con Pimiento (with Pepper)
  • ½ c olive oil
  • white vinegar to taste
  • 4-6 pork chops
  • 2-3 c vegetable oil
  1. In a mortar, crush the garlic. Yes, in a mortar. It just won't be the same if you use a food processor.
  2. Add the adobo, olive oil, and vinegar; mix well.
  3. Pour mixture over pork chops; marinate in refrigerator from 30 minues to overnight.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet.
  5. Fry chops with garlic until golden brown. Add as many additional garlic cloves as you like. I add at least 8 more.
You can serve this with anything you like, but I serve it with Arroz Amarillo (Yellow Rice) and Tostones con Mojito de Ajo (Twice-Fried Plantains with Garlic Sauce).  Dee-lish!


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Puerto Rican Corned Beef & Rice #HispanicHeritageMonth

One of the first and simplest Puerto Rican recipes I learned to cook was corned beef and rice.  I admit, it’s high in sodium, so I don’t advocate eating it every day, but every now and then, it is soooo good!  I quit measuring for this a long time ago, so I had to slow down and pay attention to what I was doing this time.
5 Tbsp canola oil
1 potato, peeled and chopped

1/2 cup chopped onion

10 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup red bell pepper, minced
1 packet Sazon
1 packet chicken bouillon
1/4 tsp Adobo
1 8-oz. can Iberia Spanish-style Tomato Sauce
6 oz. beef broth
1 can corned beef

1/4 cup green onion, chopped

Fry chopped potato in canola oil.  Remove from pan; drain on paper towel.  Add onion, garlic, pepper, and seasonings to pan.  Cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add tomato sauce and beef broth; bring to a boil.  Add corned beef; lower heat to simmer. It will probably be necessary to break up beef with fork.  Cover and cook at least 15 minutes.  Stir in potato and green onion; cook additional 5 minutes.
 Serve with white rice.
Remember the tostones and garlic sauce?  Serve with the corned beef and rice…..Que bueno!


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Feliz Hispanic Heritage Month! Arroz Amarillo (Puerto Rican-style Yellow Rice)


According to Wikipedia, the term Hispanic is used to denote a link to Spain, whether it is a culture or a group of people.  This is why the people of the  countries and islands who were once ruled by Spain are labeled Hispanic today.  As these geographical locations encompass a large variety of customs, traditions, cuisines, and music/art forms, the Hispanic community is a diverse group which cannot be limited to a stereotype.

Of course, my bias tends to lean toward Puerto Rico.  The fact that SuperHubby is Puerto Rican couldn’t have anything to do with that, could it?  ;)  Over the past eleven years, I have learned a lot about that beautiful island and its people.  In case you didn’t know (and I’m always amazed at how many do NOT know), Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States.  Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens by birth, just like people from Connecticut, Tennessee, Utah, etc.  They do not need a “green card” or a passport to travel, live, or work in the continental United States.  Okay; I’ll step down from my soapbox now….

Now, if you’ve been reading my blog over the past couple of years, you are aware that I cook a lot of Puerto-Rican influenced cuisine on here.  In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I am reposting one of our favorite recipes here.

One of the first things I learned to cook is Puerto Rican style yellow rice.   It is a basic dish, and varies slightly depending on the cook.  Usually, I just “eyeball”  it, so   when I decided to post this recipe, I had to stop and measure  the  ingredients  as  I cooked.  Again, this is one of those things that can vary according to your tastes, so don’t get too hung up on  being exact.
Arroz Amarillo (Puerto Rican-style Yellow Rice)
Serves: 6
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ⅛ tsp. BADIA Amarillo Yellow Coloring
  • ¼ tsp. GOYA® Adobo con Pimiento (With Pepper)
  • 1 packet GOYA® Sazón with Coriander and Annatto (con Culantro Y Achiote)
  • 1 packet GOYA® Chicken Bouillon
  • 1 Tbsp. GOYA® Frozen Recaito, thawed
  • ½ C. tomato sauce
  • 2 C. water
  • 2 C. medium-grain white rice
  • 1 Tbsp. diced ham
  • 2 Tbsp. alcaparrado
  1. To effectively cook rice, you need to find just the right pot in which to cook it. I use a caldero, which is the traditional cooking pot used for cooking rice and other foods in Puerto Rico. Basically, it's a Dutch oven.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the next 7 ingredients.
  4. When the water comes to a boil, add the rice.
  5. Turn the rice down to low.
  6. When the water has evaporated until it is level with the rice, add the ham and alcaparrado, stir once, put the lid on and turn heat as low as possible.
  7. Let rice simmer approximately 20 minutes. Now, you don't want your rice to be too wet. This should not be a sticky rice; but, of course, you don't want it to stick and burn. The only way this will work is to LEAVE THE RICE ALONE!! This is very difficult for me. My usual approach to cooking is to hover over the stove, checking, stirring, sometimes even praying. With yellow rice, you can't do this. Well, you can pray, but you need to do it from a distance. I have learned that when I turn it down and put the lid on, it's best to just leave the room. Really. You have to do this.
  8. Now, as for alcaparrado, it is a combination of olives, capers, and pimentos. If you can't find it in your store, don't sweat it; just use pimento stuffed olives. If you can't find the packets of chicken bouillon, again, don't worry. Just use a chicken bouillon cube. It's basically the same.
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“On a national level there is a tendency to portray Latino culture as a monolithic entity, which is a really inaccurate way of seeing ourselves. There is as much diversity and uniqueness within the Latino culture as there is in any other kind of American culture.” -    Benjamin Bratt, Peruvian Indigenous/American actor