Puerto Rican Arroz con Gandules…Hispanic Food Hack

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Arroz con Gandules is a traditional rice recipe with pigeon peas that’s a staple on Puerto Rican tables across the world. Making them can be a bit of a process.

So when you get a hankering for their taste, actually making them can be quite a process. So I came up with the Hispanic food hack that can satisfy your craving in 15 minutes tops. The secret…there’s lots of them! The primary one is Minute Rice! Minute Rice takes a bit more than one minute. But the thing I love about Minute Rice is that it’s easy to use, it somewhat sticky when it’s cooked…and most of all it’s super fast!

With all that being said, let’s make some Arroz con Gandules, Hispanic Food Hack style!


15 Minute Arroz Con Gandule

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Puerto Rican
Keyword Rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 people
Author Mike Gonzalez


  • 2 cups minute rice
  • 15 oz gandules 1 can
  • 3 tbsp sofrito
  • Mrs. Dash Onion Seasoning to taste
  • Mrs. Dash Garlic Season to taste
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 packet sazon
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • garlic minced
  • Pinch adobo
  • 1 cup water
  • olives optional
  • 4 oz tomato sauce
  • 2 cups minute rice


  • Add sofrito, sazon, tomato sauce, Mrs Dash onion and garlic season in a pan. Heat to medium to high heat and let cook.
  • Once it’s cooked, add gandules with the water and let boil.
  • Once it’s boiled add rice and water
  • Add a tablespoon of butter (Optional)
  • Add olives (Optional)
  • Let rice cook on medium to high heat for 5 minutes and turn rice as necessary
  • Take off of flame and let settle for 10 minutes
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