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Puerto Rican Red Beans and Rice

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Category: Vegetables

 Ingredients List

  • 1/4 c Olive oil
  • 2 c Chopped onions
  • 1 tb Minced garlic
  • 1 lb Dried red beans; rinsed,
  • -soaked; and drained
  • 4 -(up to)
  • 5 c Chicken broth
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 Piece (about 1 1/4-in)
  • -cinnamon stick
  • Salt to taste
  • Hot pepper sauce to taste


I don't know if the following is authentic Puerto Rican red beans and rice
recipe as it didn't come from an ethnic or regional cookbook, but I can say
that it is very good, from a book about rice, and different from a Southern
red beans and rice recipe.

Most red bean and rice recipes cook the vegetables with the beans for an
extended time. This recipe stir-fries the vegetables for a crunchy texture
that I think is good.

This is a Puerto Rican style red bean and rice dish. Basically you mix
some crunchy vegetables into some rice (see recipe for "Rice and
Vegetables"), serve some well flavored beans over the rice, and then some
more of the vegetables on top of the beans. It's also very good if you make
yellow rice with 1/4 tsp turmeric.

First you make the beans. Bay leaf and cinnamon flavoring give them a
great taste:

Heat the oil in a large heavy saucepan. Add the onions and saute,
stirring, until coated with oil. Cover and cook over very low heat,
stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 15-minutes. Stir in the
garlic and saute, uncovered for 3-minutes.

Add the beans and the broth to the onion. Heat to boiling and cook,
covered, over low heat for 2 hours. Add the bay leaves and cinnamon. Cover
and continue to cook until the beans are very tender, about 1 hour more.
Season with salt and hot red pepper sauce. The beans can be prepared up to
24-hours before serving. Reheat adding additonal broth if necessary.

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