Rice with Golden Raisins

Helpful hints

  • I find the “Sazon” packets and the adobo in the international (Latin) aisle of my grocery store.  The packets come in a 1.4 oz box. Azafran is saffron, which gives the dish the gorgeous yellow hue.  The quantity of packets to use depend on how golden you want your rice to be.
  • Sometimes, I use 2 red peppers instead of 1 red and 1 yellow. 
  • As a variation, you can add the red peppers at the end, once the rice is cooked.  The crunchiness of the red peppers adds a different texture to the dish.
  • I always use Uncle Ben’s Rice.  I’ve found that their grains always cook evenly and it is very forgiving to mishaps with the quantities. 
  • If the rice got too dry before cooking thoroughly, heat ½ of water.  Stir in while mixing, cover and leave on reduced heat for 10-15min.   
  • I use a cast iron pot 3.7 Qt. (caldero) with a glass lid.  It helps me gauge if the rice is fully cooked without having to uncover it. 
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1)  Heat olive oil in cast iron pot over medium-high heat. Stir in peppers, garlic and onions; cook, stirring occasionally, until they are soft and translucent (about 10 minutes).

2)  Add the chicken broth, the sazón, and the adobo.  Taste for salt and adjust as needed.  Bring to a boil. 

3)  Add the golden raisins and the rice.  Mix well.

4)  Stir occasionally (about every 2-3 min) to make sure that the rice does not stick to the bottom. 

5)  When it is almost dry, stir one last time, cover and reduce the heat to low.

6)  Keep covered and cook until the rice is tender, about 25 minutes.

7)  Leave covered until you are ready to serve. 






  • 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil,
  • 1 minced garlic,
  • 1 large chopped yellow onion,
  • 1 large chopped red pepper,
  • 1 large chopped yellow pepper,
  • 6 cups of chicken broth,
  • 2-3 packets Goya Sazon con Azafran (see my note below),
  • 1 ¼ cups Golden Raisins,
  • ½ cup of water (if needed),
  • 3 cups of Uncle Ben's long grain rice,
  • 1/2 tsp Adobo powder without pepper (Blue Top),
  • salt to taste.