Rice Cooker Arroz Con Gandules

Lori Zimmer


Through years of friendship with a large Puerto Rican family, I’ve picked up several tasty recipes, including this staple which is served at every family dinner. It works fine as a side dish, but I’ve often eaten it as a main dish as well (sometimes I sprinkle it with shredded cheese before serving). It was easy to adapt for the rice cooker. I usually have most of the ingredients on hand (I use frozen chopped onions and boxed chicken broth), so after a hard day at work I can throw it together, turn on the cooker, and dinner is ready by the time I change clothes and shower!


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6-8 as a side, 4 as a main dish
5 Min
20 Min
Rice Cooker


  • 2 c
    long grain rice, uncooked
  • 1 can(s)
    green pigeon peas (gandules verdes)
  • 1/2 lb
    thick-cut bacon
  • 1 c
    chopped onions
  • 2
    packets goya sazón
  • 2 1/2 c
    chicken broth

How to Make Rice Cooker Arroz Con Gandules


  1. Rinse and drain rice 3 or 4 times to remove excess starch; pour drained rice into cooker pot.
    NOTE: if your rice cooker came with a measuring cup, use that to measure rice.
  2. Drain gandules (pigeon peas), discarding liquid, and add to pot.
  3. Cut bacon (about 6 strips) into 1/2-inch pieces and add to pot.
  4. Add chopped onions, Goya Sazón seasoning, and chicken broth; stir ingredients together.
    NOTE: When adding chicken broth, use the same measuring cup that you used for the rice.
  5. OPTIONAL: If desired, you may stir in additional seasoning or ingredients; one suggestion is to add 1/2 teaspoon of Creole seasoning.
  6. Cook in rice cooker until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender; stir before serving.

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About Rice Cooker Arroz Con Gandules

Course/Dish: Rice Sides
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Puerto Rican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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