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A Delicious Spanish Side Dish Pink Beans or Habichuelas Rosadas

Updated on May 5, 2013
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Growing up in a Dominican family, we ate practically the same thing everyday. Rice, beans, and some type of meat. Everyday! Sometimes we had avocados on the side or plantains, but we always had rice, beans, and a meat. It's funny, but I never felt like we were missing out on anything. I thought everyone else ate like that.

I realized, eventually, from school meals and rare trips to White Castle, and Pizza Hut that there was a huge difference in the way we ate and the way other people ate daily.

Then one day, in middle school, my Italian friend- Angela, wanted to come over and cook for my family! She taught me how to make macaroni and cheese with breaded chicken cutlets. I thought it was the most delicious thing ever!

As a kid I looked forward to any chance I got to eat something different, but now as an adult I have a special place in my heart and tummy for rice and beans. It always reminds me of home.

*****The Sofrito link is below in the links box along with a link to see how people eat around the world; It's very interesting!

The finished Beans
The finished Beans | Source
Frying up the meat
Frying up the meat | Source
adding the spices
adding the spices | Source
A look at the ingredients
A look at the ingredients | Source
adding everything to the pot
adding everything to the pot | Source
The finished meal
The finished meal | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Serves 4-6


  • 1 can Pink or Red Beans, drained
  • 1/3 cup Bacon- chopped into small pieces, Can substitute, salami, italian sausage, and even sliced hot dogs
  • 2 tbsp Sofrito, (Sofrito hub is linked at the bottom of this hub)
  • 1 Chicken boullion
  • 1 packet of Sazon
  • 2 tbsp Stuffed olives
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 diced medium potato, Can use sweet potato, or plantains
  • 1 can water, (fill the empty bean can with water)
  1. In a med saucepan fry up the diced bacon until very crispy (almost burnt).
  2. Add the sofrito, sazon, bouillon, olives, salt, diced potatoes, and can of water(use the empty bean can) to the pan and heat to a boil then cover
  3. Heat over medium heat for 20 min. Serve over rice and enjoy!


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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Thank you so much sister Vespawoolf! I don't know if your husband is Spanish, but I know that many Spanish men, like my sister's husband, want rice and beans everyday! LOL, it never gets old. I hope you like the recipe! Have a great day!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      We eat beans weekly (not daily) but could probably eat them more often. My husband never gets enough. So I look forward to trying your recipe! I like that you add stuffed olives to yours. yum!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      That's great Alicia! I'm very glad that you will try it. I hope you love it! The flavors go well with so many dishes. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a nice comment.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for introducing me to some new ingredients, insightfultiger! I'm looking forward to trying sofrito and sazon.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Thank you very much Shining Irish Eyes, for the read and super nice comment! Angela was a sweetheart, I wonder where she is now :) Have a great day!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Sounds like your friend Angela had a good heart. I must say, your recipe articles are divine. You draw the reader in by starting with a personal story related to the recipe. Very thorough and easy to follow.

      Great job!