5 from 4 votes
frijoles rojos con arroz - Red Beans with Rice
Vegetarian frijoles rojos con arroz
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Vegetarian Frijoles Rojos con Arroz is a wonderful dish that I consider to be something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Hence the blue napkin in the photo above. 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.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keyword: Frijoles Rojos
Servings: 6
Author: hmccallum
  • 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
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro or Culantro
  • 1/2 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 own taste
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Valencia rice
  • 3/4 cup wild long grain rice
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Simmer beans on very low for about 1 hour or until completely tender and delicious.
How to cook the blended rice:
  1. 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.
  2. Serve the rice and beans together and enjoy your Vegetarian Frijoles Rojas con Arroz