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Haitian Style Rice & Beans

Updated: Mar 17


- 2 cups white rice

- 1 cup dried red kidney beans, soaked overnight

- 1 bell pepper, diced

- 2 cloves

- 1 onion, diced

- 2 cloves garlic, minced

-2 springs of thyme

- 2 tablespoons Epis Lakay (Haitian seasoning base)

- 1 packet sazón seasoning

- 1 tablespoon adobo seasoning

- 4 cups water or vegetable broth

- 2 tablespoons olive oil

- Salt and pepper to taste

- Fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish (optional)


  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add in Epis Lakay seasoning, diced onion, bell pepper, and minced garlic. Sauté until softened and fragrant, about 5 minutes.

  2. Drain the soaked kidney beans and add them to the pot with the sautéed vegetables. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

  3. Add the savory sazón seasoning, and adobo seasoning, coating the beans and vegetables evenly.

  4. Add the (washed) white rice to the pot and stir until it's well combined with the beans and vegetables.

  5. Pour in the water or vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.

  6. Once the rice is cooked, fluff it with a fork and season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust seasoning if needed.

Enjoy your flavorful Haitian-style rice and serve with a salad, plantains and stewed chicken.

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