Main course Pork Rice US/Caribbean

Arroz Con Gandule


  • 2 or 3 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 3 cups water 2 cups rice (american long grain)
  • 2 tbls Smoked paprika
  • Some hot pepper sauce – Miss Anna’s or similar


Here’s another offering from sunny St Croix. Now although it might look like a bowl of dog food, this dish is actually a Puerto Rican classic, “Arroz Con Gandules”. If your Spanish isnt too good, Gandules are Pigeon Peas. So rice and Pigeon Peas. I’m not too sure what a Pigeon pea is, kind of like a cross between a lentil and a pea, has a kind of nutty flavour

Simplicity itself : big pan – cook  bacon / onions / pepper, add the garlic, cook a bit more. Add the pigeon peas, tomato puree, water and Sazon – bring to the boil. Add rice and simmer 20 mins with the lid on. When rice is cooked add as much hot sauce as you can handle.

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