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Habichuelas Guisadas Recipe
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Habichuelas Guisadas

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

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Original recipe makes 4 to 6 servings Change Servings
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  1. 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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 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!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 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! :)

Nov 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.

Sep 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!!!!

Mar 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!

Sep 29, 2003

THanks for a great recipe!

Dec 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!

Jun 21, 2013

This was good. I didn't have sofrito so I added onion powder, garlic powder and chili powder in it's place. I made my own sazon seasoning so I put in 1 1/4 tsp. of that. I also added 1 cup of water instead of 1 1/2 cups.


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  • Calories
  • 170 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 23.8 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 5.2 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 8 g
  • 32%
  • Protein
  • 8.3 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 580 mg
  • 23%

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

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