Vegan Arroz Con Gandules

Vegan Arroz Con Gandules Recipe

Rating: 4.7 based on 457 votes.

Indulge in the rich flavors of Vegan Arroz Con Gandules, a traditional Puerto Rican dish made with cilantro, bell peppers, olives, and pigeon peas, all cooked in aromatic tomato sauce and seasoned to perfection.

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  1. Add cilantro, culantro, onion, red and green bell peppers, and garlic to a food processor. Pulse until well combined. Sprinkle in cumin and oregano. Pulse a few more times to blend the flavors. The mixture should resemble a tapenade.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat and pour in ¼ cup of canola oil. Once the oil is heated and shimmering, add the sofrito mixture. Fry the mixture while stirring constantly until it deepens in color, approximately 3 minutes. Be careful not to let it turn brown.
  3. Incorporate olives, tomato sauce, adobo seasoning, Sazón seasoning, pigeon peas, and water into the sofrito mixture. Stir everything together.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, then add the rice. Cook for 15-20 minutes until the liquid is fully evaporated and the rice on the edges of the pot appears dry.
  5. After stirring, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and continue cooking the rice for an additional 30 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes to ensure even cooking. The rice should become tender and fluffy.
  6. Serve the warm arroz con gandules alongside your favorite dishes.
  7. Enjoy your meal!


Calories 509 calories
Sugar 6 grams
Carbohydrates 18 grams
Fiber 11 grams
Protein 4 grams
Fat 50 grams

This Vegan Arroz Con Gandules recipe is a simple and easy dish that falls under Central & South American cuisine.

It is a comfort food that can be prepared in one pot or pan, making it perfect for big batches.

This dairy-free and vegan recipe is also suitable for vegetarians.

Whether you are cooking for a special occasion or hosting a party, this dish is a great addition.

The required appliances include a food processor and stove top, while the equipment you'll need are a wooden spoon, liquid measuring cup, dry measuring cups, and measuring spoons.

Rooted in Puerto Rican and Caribbean flavors, this recipe is perfect for celebrating Latinx Heritage Month.

With a cooking time of under 1 hour, it is a healthy option as it is high in protein, low in sugar, and high in fiber.

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