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Vegetarian frijoles rojos con arroz

February 19, 2015 (Last Updated: August 21, 2021)

Vegetarian Frijoles Rojos con Arroz is a beautiful dish that I consider to be something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Hence the blue napkin in the photo.

I have taken an old familiar recipe and I decided to add a bit of a small spin on it today. Combining the traditional idea of Red Beans and Rice with a modern fusion of wild rice and leaving the fatty pork behind.

The Puerto Rican cuisine was something I  was blessed to learn back in the late ’90s when I was dating a guy born and raised in  Yauco, Puerto Rico…The relationship didn’t last over seven years.  However, all the wonderful family recipes his mom shared with me have been going strong since 1998.


Vegetarian frijoles rojos con arrozI love Puerto Rican Cuisine, what’s not to love about that delicious comfort food? I can think of only two things a few calories and a bit of fat. These days I spend a little more time being concerned about what I eat.  So I decided to give my Frijoles Rojos con Arroz recipe a bit of a make-over.


What did I do?

  1. Tossed the fatty pork idea out of the window- who needs meat all the time anyway?  We have plenty of protein in those juicy beans we are about to make today.
  2. Opted out of the traditional long-grain rice – I used Valencia rice and long grain wild black rice in a ratio of 60/40


Does it break all the Traditional Rules…of course it does. Rules are meant to be broken in my kitchen. If I followed all the rules, I’d be a cookie-cutter version of a Recipe Blogger. Where’s the fun in that?


Ingredients Needed for Vegetarian frijoles Rojos con Arroz

  • One pound of dried red beans sorted, soaked, and rinsed
  • Six cups of vegetable broth
  • One tablespoon of olive oil
  • One large red bell pepper diced
  • Six  Aji dulce diced
  • One medium onion diced
  • Four cloves of roasted garlic
  • 1/4 of a cup finely chopped cilantro or Culantro
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce, 4 ounces
  • Eight Spanish Green Olives
  • One tablespoon of dried oregano
  • One teaspoon of ground toasted coriander seeds
  • Two whole bay leaves
  • One envelope Sazon, Con Culantro y Achiote
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • One cup of Valencia rice
  • 3/4 of cup wild long-grain rice





Helpful tips for Vegetarian Frijoles Rojos con Arroz

  1. Before preparing dried beans, sort through them thoroughly to remove tiny debris.
  2. Soaking the beans allows the dried beans to absorb water, which shortens the cooking time. Soak most beans in three times their volume of cold water for six hours before cooking.
  3. Discard the water you have soaked the beans in (add fresh water for cooking)





frijoles rojos con arroz - Red Beans with Rice

Vegetarian frijoles rojos con arroz

Vegetarian Frijoles Rojos con Arroz is a wonderful dish that I consider to be something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Puerto Rican
Servings 6
Calories 518 kcal


  • 1 pound dried red beans sorted, soaked and rinsed
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 mini sweet peppers Aji dulce diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 cloves roasted garlic
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro or Culantro
  • ½ cup tomato sauce, 4 ounces
  • 8 Spanish Green Olives
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground toasted coriander seeds
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 envelope Sazon, Con Culantro y Achiote
  • Kosher salt, to own taste
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Valencia rice
  • ¾ cup wild long grain rice


  • Place sorted, soaked and rinsed beans in a large pot that has a tight-fitting lid, with 6 cups of vegetable broth, turn the burner on medium heat, bring beans up to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer beans on low heat for about 60 minutes before adding kosher salt to beans.
  • Once 60 minutes has passed begin to sauté vegetables by adding 1 tablespoon of oil to a skillet or frying pan (make sure the oil is heated before adding vegetables) Add diced red bell pepper, diced Aji dulce , diced onion, 4 cloves of roasted garlic, and sauté vegetables for about 5 minutes or till softened.
  • Add vegetables and finely chopped cilantro to the pot of beans at this time along with 4 ounces of tomato sauce and 8 Spanish green olives. Season with oregano, ground toasted coriander seeds, 2 bay leaves, Season, Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
  • Simmer beans on very low for about 1 hour or until completely tender and delicious.

How to cook the blended rice:

  • Add 2 and 1/2 cups of water to a pan with a pinch of kosher salt and a small amount of olive oil, bring to a full boil before adding all rice, let boil for 1-2 minutes before covering with a tight-fitting lid and reducing heat to very low. The rice should completely do cooking within 15-17 minutes. Remove lid and fork fluff after about 3-5 minutes.
  • Serve the rice and beans together and enjoy your Vegetarian Frijoles Rojas con Arroz


Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and how ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Under no circumstances will be responsible for any loss or damage resulting from your reliance on nutritional information.


Serving: 01Calories: 518kcalCarbohydrates: 99gProtein: 22gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1157mgPotassium: 1192mgFiber: 14gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 695IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 7mg
Keyword Frijoles Rojos
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  • Reply
    March 25, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Heidi your recipes are so great. This one looks inviting and delicious! Can’t wait to see your future posts!

  • Reply
    February 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Great recipe Heidy! Your red beans and rice look delicious! I could eat food like this everyday. I am looking forward to see what you share with #purebloglove on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      June 10, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks, Cydnee, glad you had a chance to check out the recipe.You’ll have to try it sometime.

  • Reply
    February 21, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    What a great dish!!
    Definitely for me, especially when I’m a vegetarian 🙂

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      June 10, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      I am so glad you like it Winnie, and if I make any more vegetarian recipes that I think you might enjoy I will be sure to let you know.

  • Reply
    Yoga Magazine
    February 20, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Yum,..Looks delicious!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      June 10, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Thank you, I appreciate the comments and you stopping by.
      Have a great day

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