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Habichuelas Guisadas con Calabaza served with white rice, avocado slices and lime wedges.
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Habicuelas Guisadas con Calabaza (Puerto Rican Stewed Beans with Pumpkin)

These Habichuelas Guisadas con Calabaza (Puerto Rican Stewed Beans with Pumpkin) are the perfect companion to a multitude of Puerto Rican rice dishes and pair excellent with any meat or seafood. A true Puerto Rican staple!

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keyword: Stewed Beans
Servings: 6
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Mexican Appetizers and More


  • 2 cans red or pink beans or one large 1lb 13 oz can rinsed and drained, I use Goya brand
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 ounces tomato sauce or 1 heaping tsp of tomato paste
  • ¼ cup ham steak (or 1 smoked ham hock, ham bouillon (1 packet) or 1/4 cup smoked kielbasa sausage

  • ½ lb potatoes peeled and cut into large chunks
  • ½ lb acorn squash rinsed and cut into large chunks
  • cup onions chopped
  • ½ cup green pepper chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp pimiento stuffed olives
  • 2 heaping tbsp of Puerto Rican sofrito
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped or thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro optional if you don't like cilantro
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • 1 packet Sazón with Coriander and Annatto (Culantro y Achoite) found in the Latin section
  • ½ tsp adobo found in the Latin section
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste


  • In a saucepan or caldero add 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. 
    Saute the ham for 2 minutes stirring.

  • Add sofrito and stir fry with ham for 2 minutes.
  • Add the pepper and onions. 
    Cook until slightly translucent and add garlic. 
    Cook for a minute.
  • Add tomato sauce or paste, olives, cilantro, spices and water.
  • Rinse acorn squash and cut half of the acorn into large chunks, making sure to remove seeds. Set aside for now.
    Note: You can keep the skin on because once beans are cooked, the skin falls off easily when eating.
  • Add beans and potatoes and season with salt to taste.
    Cook beans for 25 minutes.
  • Add the pumpkin pieces to the pot and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until pumpkin and potatoes are tender. 
  • Top with more fresh cilantro once beans are done.
    *Serve your Habichuelas Guisadas with any of the rice dishes included in post or rice and meat or seafood of your choice for a complete meal.


Serving: 6g | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 655mg | Potassium: 906mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 528IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 4mg