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ARROZ Y HABICHUELAS CON PICADILLO - Gian Perez, actor (Sing Street)

"This meal is my personal favorite dish. It's quick and easy, so we made it a lot at home. It's also one of the only Puerto Rican meals I could cook while I was going to school in Michigan!"
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Cuisine Puerto Rican
Servings 3 people


  • Stove
  • 2 Pots
  • 1 Pan


White Rice

  • 1 cup White Rice (medium-grain)
  • 1.5 cups Water
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt, to taste


  • 1 can Beans (preference for Pink Beans but any will do)
  • 2 tbsp Sofrito
  • 2 pinches Salt
  • Half Potato (cubed)
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Sauce
  • 5 or 6 Green Olives


  • 1/2 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 tsp Adobo Seasoning
  • 2 pinches Salt
  • 1 tbsp Sofrito
  • A pinch Oregano
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Sauce
  • Lemon Juice, to taste


White Rice

  • Put 1 cup of rice and 1 1/2 cups of water into a pot. Add the salt and olive oil, and stir gently. Bring to boil, uncovered.
  • When the water has evaporated enough that you can pretty much see the rice, turn the heat down to 2 and cover.
  • Let cook for about 15 minutes or until soft and tender.


  • Empty the can of beans into a small pot. Fill the empty can halfway with water, and pour the water into the pot. Add the sofrito, salt, pepper, olive oil, tomato sauce, olives, and potatoes. Stir gently, bring to a soft boil, and then lower to a simmer.
  • Let cook for about 10 minutes, or until beans are soft.


  • Cut the half potato into cubes.
  • Put the ground beef in a pan. Season with the Adobo, salt, sofrito, oregano, tomato sauce, and lemon juice, while stirring. Add the potatoes!
  • Cook until browned! Be careful not to dry it out. It should only take about 7-8 minutes.

Once everything is cooked, put them in a bowl! I like to mix all the ingredients to get a good bite every bite.


    If you wanna get crazy with it... hear me out... add some slices of banana into your bowl. An old family secret. Really fire.
    Keyword Dairy-free