Puerto Rican Habichuelas Rosadas

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Puerto Rican Habichuelas Rosadas (Puerto Rican rice and beans) is the perfect compliment side dish to just about any Caribbean main entree. In fact, it is so tasty and filling, Puerto Rican Habichuelas Rosadas can be taken by itself as a full meal.

Puerto Rican Habichuelas Rosadas

(Photo Attributed to Author: Paul Goyette)

Puerto Rican Habichuelas Rosadas Recipe-

For the Beans-
  • 3 cups water
  • 1-34 lbs. pumpkin or acorn or butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 tsp. annatto seeds
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and rough chopped
  • 1 small sweet bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange), cored, seeded, and rough chopped
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet hot chili pepper, chopped fine
  • 4 large cloves garlic, peeled and rough chopped
  • 3 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 12 cup tomato sauce
  • 15 oz. canned pink beans, juices reserved
  • 34 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
For the Cooked White Rice-
  • 3 cups water
  • 14 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
For the Rice-
  1. In a Dutch oven or heavy-duty, 4-quart saucepan, heat 3 cups water, 1/4 cup olive oil, and salt to a vigorous boil over high heat.
  2. Turn the heat down to medium, add in the 2 cups of rice and cook and a vigorous simmer, uncovered, until rice appears to be dry – about 10 to 15 minutes should do it.
  3. Use a large cooking fork to scrape and bring the rice on the bottom up to the top, but do not blend or mix.
  4. Now reduce the heat to just a gentle simmer, fork and turn the rice over again, and cook for another 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the burner, cover, and keep warm until ready to serve. If the rice is a bit crunchy at this point, that is fine – that is what you want for your Habichuelas Rosadas dish.
For the Beans-
  1. Heat the squash and water in a 1-quart saucepan, over high heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid, and cook until tender – about 12 to 15 minutes should be fine.
  3. Now drain the squash, but reserve 1-1/2 cups of the cooking liquid.
  4. Next, add the annatto seeds into the cooking liquid and set aside for 5 minutes.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  6. Into the skillet, add the onion, garlic, red bell pepper, Scotch Bonnet pepper, and cilantro; sauté this mixture for 5 minutes.
  7. Strain the cooking liquid through a sieve into the skillet, and discard the annatto seeds.
  8. Add in the squash and tomato sauce.
  9. Reduce heat to low and cook at a gentle simmer, stirring continuously, for about 20 minutes, or until your sauce is nicely thickened.
  10. Add and stir in the pink beans, juices and all, along with the salt and oregano, and cook until the beans are warmed through and the sauce has regained its thickened consistency. This should take about 15 minutes.
  11. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked white rice with the cooked beans, stir and mix and blend together well.
  12. Serve your Puerto Rican Habichuelas Rosadas while still nice and warm, either by itself, or as a great side dish to other Puerto Rican or Caribbean Island main entrees.

Note: this recipe is just one of many, taken from our Caribbean Islands Cuisine pages.

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4 thoughts on “Puerto Rican Habichuelas Rosadas

  1. Very interesting. My husband and I lived on rice and beans for several years when we were just getting started in life together, and had like, zero money, lol. Rice and beans makes a complete protein, and if you add in some veggies, you have a good balanced meal. And it can be quite tasty, too! From the looks of this recipe, I’ll bet this dish would make a tasty “revisiting the past” meal for hubby and me, lol.

    • Joan, I can totally relate to those “early years” on a rice and beans budget, lol. It is the perfect, very healthy low budget diet. And like you say, it can be made very tasty – this Puerto Rican version is among the very tastiest, trust me.

  2. I consider myself a bit of a connoisseur of rice and beans recipes, so I will definitely have to try this one out. The annatto seeds seasoning is of particular interest to me, and I know the Scotch bonnet peppers will add the kind of spicy zip that I favor.

    • Hey Mark, if you like trying different rice and beans dishes, you will surely love this one. And yes, the annatto seeds and the Scotch bonnet peppers really set it apart from the others.

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