This is an original recipe, but it does not belong to me. It comes to us care of my friend Tania, who got it from her mother. I can speak from experience when I say Tania’s Rice and Beans is an awesome comfort food for those days when your body is just craving the carbs.
Makes 10 portions:
- $0.68 - 0.5 lb Green Bell Pepper
- $1.01 - 0.42 lb Yellow Bell Pepper
- $15.54 - 0.87 lb Onion
- $1.20 - 0.18 lb Salt Pork
- $0.18 - 3 tbsp Publix Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- $2.88 - 28oz Greenwise Crushed Tomatoes
- $1.78 - 31oz Publix Kidney Beans (reduced sodium)
- $0.28 - 10g Sazon Goya Con Azafran
- $0.00 - 2 tbsp Goya Adobo Seasoning
- $1.33 - 2 lb Publix Long Grain Rice
Total Cost: $24.88
Cost Per Portion: $2.49
So simple even I can do it:
- Get a large pot, add oil, and put it on medium heat
- Dice up the peppers, onions and salt pork and toss them in
- Cook until everything is nice and tender
- Add one can of crushed tomatoes
- Add a can’s worth of water
- Add the beans and the juice they come in
- Add Sazon and Adobo to taste
- Leave simmering for a full hour
- Cook up 2lbs of rice in a separate pot
- Serve the beans and sauce over the rice
- Embrace your inner Puerto Rican
Tania has four children and a husband who is almost 7 feet tall, so she is quite used to feeding a large family. This recipe makes A LOT of food; I broke ours down into 10 full servings. My wife added olives to hers, but I decided to garnish with avocado instead, and I liked that even better.
In terms of health, these are not the best macros I’ve ever seen. Obviously, being rice and beans, this is a carb-heavy dish. The salt pork, Sazon and Adobo all contribute a lot of sodium so you’ll notice I went with the low-sodium beans (not that it made much difference). Each serving contains roughly half of your daily recommended sodium intake; so be mindful.
I used the “unhealthy” rice for the sake of flavor, but I was a bit disappointed to see it contains NO FIBER and pretty much no nutrition whatsoever. These are “empty calories” and better spent elsewhere.
Thoughts for next time:
- Use Basmati (or another pro-fiber, pro-nutrient) rice instead
- Don’t forget the olives; my wife was right to add them