Arroz con Gandules - Que Rica Vida
  • Times
  • Total: 45 Min
  • Preparation: 45 Min
  • Servings8 servings (1 cup each)

Enjoy this rice that´s made with pigeon peas and bacon - a tasty side dish.


  • 4 strips bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 packets (from 1.41-oz box) coriander and annatto seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked regular medium-grain white rice, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed green olives
  • 1 can (15 oz) green pigeon peas, drained
  • 1 can (4 oz) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh cilantro


  • In 3-quart saucepan, cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp; remove from skillet. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic; cook and stir about 3 minutes or until onions are tender. Add oregano and seasoning packets; cook and stir about 3 minutes.
  • Add rice to saucepan; cook and stir about 5 minutes. Add water, olives, peas, tomato sauce and capers; stir to blend. Heat to boiling.
  • Reduce heat to low. Cover; cook 20 to 25 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from heat; stir in bacon and cilantro. Cover; let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information


1 Serving; Calories 240 ( Calories from Fat 35), Total Fat 6g(Saturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat: 0g), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 16mg, Total Carbohydrate 14g (Dietary Fiber 16g, Sugars 2g), Protein 7g; Percent Daily Values*: Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 8%, Calcium 6%, Iron 15%;

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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