A perfect side dish for Carne Guisada. These are the Puerto Rican version of beans.

Recipe Summary

cook:
20 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a saucepan over low heat. Add tomato sauce, sofrito, sazon, and pepper. Cook, stirring for about 3 minutes. Stir in beans, water, and salt. Increase heat to medium, and cook for 15 minutes, or until sauce has thickened.

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Nutrition Facts

170 calories; protein 8.3g 17% DV; carbohydrates 23.8g 8% DV; fat 5.2g 8% DV; cholesterol 1.7mg 1% DV; sodium 580.1mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2005
Again this was a great recipe. I used canned and drained kidney beans omitted the salt used unsalted tomato sauce and added Adobo to taste. It was awsome. I've used the canned and drained pinto beans before and it was without-a-doubt-delicious! The longer it cooks the more the flavors infuse into the beans just make sure it doesn't burn. If you want thicker broth try using the water the beans come in instead draining it. Or use 1/2 water 1/2 the bean water. MMMM! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/09/2010
Having been given our family traditional PR recipes, I always switch this up a bit...First after oil in skillet, brown tiny bits of ham or Canadian bacon or pork til just cracklin'....Sprinkle wih some Adobo seasoning...Then add bits of diced onion, tiny bits of potatoes, and then turn down heat some and add 1 or 2 ( I add 2 ) pkts Sazon....combine..then add a good 1 or 2 tbls Sofrito. Combine. Add 1 or 2 cans Goya tomate sauce. Finally add the pink beans. Combine. Cover and let all flavours marry. Simmer on low...Uncover when want to serve and cook liquid down ( only if too much ) but leave enough for it to have a creamy and not dry consistency. Now THESE are true PR beans! :) Read More
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82 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
11/09/2010
Having been given our family traditional PR recipes, I always switch this up a bit...First after oil in skillet, brown tiny bits of ham or Canadian bacon or pork til just cracklin'....Sprinkle wih some Adobo seasoning...Then add bits of diced onion, tiny bits of potatoes, and then turn down heat some and add 1 or 2 ( I add 2 ) pkts Sazon....combine..then add a good 1 or 2 tbls Sofrito. Combine. Add 1 or 2 cans Goya tomate sauce. Finally add the pink beans. Combine. Cover and let all flavours marry. Simmer on low...Uncover when want to serve and cook liquid down ( only if too much ) but leave enough for it to have a creamy and not dry consistency. Now THESE are true PR beans! :) Read More
(155)
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2005
Again this was a great recipe. I used canned and drained kidney beans omitted the salt used unsalted tomato sauce and added Adobo to taste. It was awsome. I've used the canned and drained pinto beans before and it was without-a-doubt-delicious! The longer it cooks the more the flavors infuse into the beans just make sure it doesn't burn. If you want thicker broth try using the water the beans come in instead draining it. Or use 1/2 water 1/2 the bean water. MMMM! Read More
(54)
Rating: 4 stars
11/14/2005
this recipe is good but I did make a few small changes. I quickly diced a small potato and plantain - you can get this at a Spanish food store and even some regular grocery stores - and sauteed them for a few minutes and added that to the rest of the mixture. The starch helped thicken the bean sauce up. I also spiced it up with some fresh cilantro and Adobo. Added juice from can of beans as suggested and let it simmer for about half an hour. mmmm. came out delicious. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/12/2012
Habichuelas are traditionally kidney beans not pinto beans. And I always do my own sofrito; onions garlic cilantro culantro cubaneli peppers salted pork and sweet peppers. Sautee that in olive oil then put cans of big KIDNEY beans liquid and all half a can of tomatoe sauce and cover with water. Add some cumin and some oregano and you cook it for a loooong time at least a couple of hours. A guiso always tastes better the longer you cook it. Then if you let it cool and reheat the next day it's even better! Don't forget to season with some salt and put in like a t sugar to cut off the acidity of the tomatoe sauce. Some people like it with a bit of potatoes (I don't) some people like some green olives (I do). And then you are done. NOW you got some puertorrican habichuelas!!!! Oh yeah baby!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2006
This tasted just like the make it on the island! I just added some green olives and cut up slices of bacon and chunks of ham! Everyone LOVED IT! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/29/2003
THanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2008
This recipe makes nice flavorful beans. My famlily recipes are very similar to this one. I add a little more sofito and some chopped alcaparrado. Alcaparrado is a mixture of green olives stuffed with pimentos and capers. My family puts green olives in everthing! This is such a classic dish it goes with everything. My husband and I put some in a bowl place a fried egg on top and dip plantian pieces in it for breakfast and dinner a couple times a week! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2006
I cooked these all day on the stovetop over med-low adding water as needed... these were awesome. Oh My Goodness! The flavor of these were Mmmmmmmm Mmmmmmmmm Goooood. I made the sofrito recipe shared by fivebrigs to make these beans. This is my new favorite bean recipe! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
04/10/2004
Nice - I mashed about a half cup of the beans before adding them which helped the sauce thicken and I didn't use the Sazon because I am trying avoid so much salt (and a lot of Sazon is really high in sodium) and instead used cumin ground coriander (the fresh cilantro is a great idea) fresh ground black pepper and a bit of cayenne. I also always put a spritz of lime juice in beans too... Read More
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