Corned Beef En Salsa Con Papitas Fritas or as we say “CONBEEF” Canned Corned Beef with Fries

Corned Beef With Rice 2Corned Beef with Rice

Serves 4-6

This was/is the go to dish for anyone of Puerto Rican descent when you are in a rush or when money is tight. I don’t think I know anyone from the island that hasn’t had this dish; you will never find it in a restaurant though. This will only be on mom’s kitchen table.

Esto es lo que se llama “Comida de Pobres” pero caramba que RICO!
{This is what we call “A poor mans meal”, but boy oh boy is it good!}


1 can corned beef
1 small can of tomato sauce
1 large potato cut into thin fries
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
2 tablespoons of Sofrito (want this recipe? click on the link)
1 envelope of Sazon
1/4 tsp of salt (optional)
1/2 beef Boullion cube


  1. Peel and cut the potato into small thin French fries. Heat oil and fry potatoes while the potatoes are cooking do the following:
  2. Open the can of corned beef, remove the meat into a bowl and shred with a fork until most of the clumps are separated.
  3. After the potatoes (fries) are cooked remove and drain (keep some of the oil about 2 tablespoons – (using low flame) in the same pan add the garlic. sauté for a few minutes, careful not to burn it.
  4. Add the sofrito and can of tomatoes sauce. Using the same tomato sauce can, fill with water (once) and add the water into the pan. Stir to incorporate completely.
  5. Add corned beef and stir making sure the meat is coated completely with the sauce. Cover and simmer on low medium heat for about 20 minutes.
  6. Once the Corned beef is completely cooked you can add the fries.
  7. I serve this over white rice and alongside a simple mixed salad (lettuce, tomatoes, corn and avocado) with an oil/vinegar dressing.

Buen Provecho!

*You can substitute the fries for sliced fried sweet plantains.