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Top 8 Rice Recipes

Latin and Caribbean Recipes for Rice


Rice is a staple ingredient in Caribbean cooking. Here are the top sought after rice recipes from the Caribbean islands.

1. Moros y Cristianos Recipe - Black Beans & White Rice

Cuban Black Beans and Rice - Moros y Cristianos
© iStockphoto.com | Paul Cowan

This savory rice and bean dish is popular in Cuba. There are as many variations of this recipe as there are Cuban cooks. Here is my simple, yet very tasty version.

2. Yellow Rice and Pink Beans

Pink Beans and Yellow Rice
© Hector Rodriguez 2007

Rice and beans are staple foods in Latin Caribbean Food. This recipe combines yellow rice with pink beans, but you can make this recipe with any type of bean you like.

3. Trini Pelau

Trini Chicken Pelau
Photo by Cynthia Nelson

Trini Pelau is an iconic dish of pigeon peas, meat or chicken that is cooked with fresh herbs and coconut milk. The entire dish is flavored and colored with Burnt Sugar.

4. Yellow Rice and Corn Recipe - Arroz Amarillo y Maiz

Yellow Rice and Corn
Hector Rodriguez

Yellow rice is served in virtually every Latin culture. This simple recipe includes corn to the mix in order to dress it up a little and it goes well with just about any meal.

5. Rice with Pigeon Peas - Arroz con Gandules

Any special occasion meal in Puerto Rico would not be complete without Arroz con Gandules. Afterall, Rice with Pigeon Peas is Puerto Rico's national dish. This recipe is a rice and pea dish seasoned with sofrito and diced ham.

6. Simple White Rice - Arroz Blanco

When you are looking for a rice dish that won't overshadow your other dishes, a simple plain white rice is acceptable and it's really simple to make.

7. Rice Pudding

Rice is a staple food in the Caribbean, so it's not surprising that it's prepared in many different ways. Rice pudding is one of my favorite desserts sweetened up with cinnamon, vanilla, sugar and evaporated milk.

8. Coconut Rice Pudding

Coconut rice pudding is a popular dessert in the Caribbean. It's so popular that it is sometimes served for breakfast. Here's a simple recipe for a tasty, creamy coconut rice pudding that starts with cooked rice.

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