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Island Bites: Arroz con cebolla y tocineta (Rice with Onions and Bacon)

Arroz con cebolla has become a very popular side dish in Puerto Rico. This rice recipe is simple and easy to prepare, yet really flavorful. Its basic ingredients are rice, beef broth, bacon and onions. Some people even omit the bacon. I always add some extras to my rice to make it special.



  1. Saute bacon in a large pot for about 3 to 4 minutes at medium-low temperature. Add onions and red pepper flakes, and cook for 5 more minutes.
  2. Add bell pepper and garlic powder. Cook for 2 to 3 more minutes. Add white wine, mix well and let it reduce, for 2 minutes.
  3. Combine beef broth and water, to make 3 cups of liquid. (If you use long grain rice, you should use broth and water to make 4 cups). Add liquid to the pot. Add salt and pepper to taste. Turn heat up. Let it come to a boil.
  4. Add rice. Let liquid reduce for about 2 or 3 minutes. Stir, reduce temperature to low. Cover and cook for 20 to 25 minutes. Stir before serving.


  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 cans beef broth (or consome)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 to 6 strips bacon, chopped (You could use smoked ham)
  • 1/4 bell pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • a pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 or 2 ounces white wine, (optional)
  • water
  • salt & pepper

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IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on October 20, 2013:

I'm glad you liked it, APineiro! Thanks for the comment!

APineiro on October 20, 2013:

I made this rice once, but yesterday I found this recipe. I made the rice, and its was way better that the first recipe I use. Two thumbs up! :) Delicious!

IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on August 19, 2013:

Thanks, sparkley!

Lynsey Hart from Lanarkshire on August 19, 2013:

This looks amazing! Actually, LOADS of your recipes have me licking my lips!!!! Voted up and useful!!!

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IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on July 22, 2013:

Thanks for the comment, Blossom!

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on July 22, 2013:

A simple recipe that is easy to make and yet tastes delicious. Thank you for sharing it.

IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on July 22, 2013:

Thanks for stopping by, Ceres! Hope you try it!

Ceres Schwarz on July 22, 2013:

This recipe looks good. The image of the rice with onions and bacon looks really yummy and delicious. Now I want to try some. This recipe looks really simple and easy to make.

Carlo Giovannetti from Puerto Rico on July 21, 2013:

Love it!

IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on July 21, 2013:


Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on July 21, 2013:

Mmm, you can't go wrong with rice. Looks delicious!

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