Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center

By Rebekah | Kitchen Gidget


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 heaping tablespoons sofrito *see note below about finding/making sofrito 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (15-16 ounces) kidney, red or pink beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) water
  • 1 packet Sazón with Coriander and Annatto (Culantro and Achiote)
  • 1 packet ham flavor (I use Goya Jamón) (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon adobo (I use Goya)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Manzanilla or Spanish pimento-stuffed olives
  • 1/2 pound potatoes, peeled and diced into large chunks
  • Cooked white rice, for serving


  1. In a medium caldero, sauté sofrito in oil 2-3 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Add tomato sauce, beans, water, sazón and ham packet. Season with pepper, adobo, garlic powder, oregano and stir. Taste and adjust spices according to your liking. Broth should be slightly salty since the potatoes will absorb much of the flavor.
  3. Add potatoes and olives and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until potatoes are cooked through, about 30 minutes or so, depending on their size. Serve over hot rice.


If sofrito is not something you are familiar with, there are a few options. Sofrito is the base for many Puerto Rican dishes.

  1. See if a local Hispanic store sells it.
  2. Goya brand makes a prepared version that your regular grocery store may carry, but choose the green jar that says "Recaito" instead of “Sofrito.” If they only have the “Sofrito,” decrease the amount of tomato sauce in the recipe by about half.
  3. Make your own. If you cannot find all of the ingredients, use what you can and it will still turn out tasty!

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