Puerto Rican Recipes

Find top-rated traditional recipes from Puerto Rico—carne guisada, sofrito, tostones, and many more tasty treasures.

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Basic White Rice

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It's simple and easy, yet tasty! Being Puerto Rican, I love rice!

Slow Cooker Puerto Rican Shredded Pork

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14
Very tasty and your slow cooker does most of the work. Serve shredded pork in lettuce wraps or in corn tortillas. Top with pico de gallo, chopped cilantro, and avocado.

Maicena (Corn Pudding)

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Awesome breakfast pudding. Started with my great grandmother, my mother, then me. Our kids love it! You may add banana slices and mint leaves for touch, taste, and luxury purposes.

Pastelon (Puerto Rican Layered Casserole)

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This typical Puerto Rican dish is made up of an interesting mix of ingredients but somehow they all work together. There is a little bit of salty, sweet, and savory all in one bite.

Alex's Sofrito

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Living in the States, it has been hard for me to find the original ingredients for traditional sofrito from Puerto Rico, so this is the base I came up with and have been using for years in all of my Latin bean, stew, soup or rice recipes. I always keep a small bowl of it in the fridge and freeze the rest. Enjoy!

Homemade Adobo All-Purpose Seasoning

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This seasoning is a staple to have in a Puerto Rican kitchen, but sometimes hard to find where I live. So I started making my own and it's good! Great seasoning for just about anything; my boys love to shake it on fries. Enjoy!

Josephine's Puerto Rican Chicken and Rice

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Savory chicken and rice side dish that will complement any table, and will be loved by your family.

Puerto Rican Tostones (Fried Plantains)

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Crispy fried plantains. A plantain is a very firm banana. Serve as side dish with your meal or as appetizers.

Puerto Rican Sancocho

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4
This is my mom's Puerto Rican comfort soup. The mix of vegetables and herbs is an influence of the Spanish Canary Island ancestors of some Puerto Rican families. The soup was adjusted to the vegetables available in Puerto Rico by the addition of corn and pumpkin. In the Canary Islands of the 1700s, corn was only fed to farm animals! In Puerto Rico, some cooks now add ginger root, chile pepper, cumin, and other ingredients but I believe it destroys the original rich natural vegetable taste. Similar Spanish sancocho recipes were passed on to other Spanish colonies such as Columbia. Serve hot with bread to soak up the delicious flavor.

Daddy Eddie's Roast Pork (Pernil), Puerto Rican-Style

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Pernil is roasted pork shoulder, seasoned to the max. It is served with rice and beans, salad, or sweet plantains.

Sofrito

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Sofrito is the base for most Puerto Rican dishes, and this one is better than store bought (difficult to find in the stores in the Western United States). This can be added to beans, rice, soups, stews, you name it.

Puerto Rican Canned Corned Beef Stew

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6
Simple, easy, and quick... This is a stew using canned corned beef and ingredients easily found in most home pantries and refrigerators. The end result is delicious and satisfying. Typically it is served over white rice. The perfect side dish is fried sweet plantains.

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Puerto Rican Tostones (Fried Plantains)

"Yup. This is how it's done. I feel like I'm back in the Bronx." – MikeGinnyMD

Puerto Rican Coquito

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Coquito is a coconut tasting beverage originating from Puerto Rico, popular during the Christmas season. My grandmother and my mother use to prepare it as I was growing up, and the tradition has stayed with me!