This is the most traditional Costa Rica dish there is!
It is mainly served for breakfast, but if you enter any Costa Rica house at any given moment, there will always be Gallo Pinto to serve!
Plus, it is healthy, filling, super easy to make and everyone can eat it: kids, adults, vegetarians, and vegans.
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3 cups cooked rice (day old for the true Tico way)
2 cups cooked black beans (day old for the true Tico way)
2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon bell pepper, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh coriander, finely chopped (cilantro)
2 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste
Saute onion and bell pepper in oil on medium heat. Add beans and cook two minutes longer. Add rice and mix, cook three minutes more. Add coriander, mix well.
Serve. Most Costa Ricans eat it with lots of sour cream.
What is Gallo Pinto?
Did you know…
Add a Pinch of Imagination and a Sprinkle of Creativity! (variations)Latina Magazine adds some bacon to their mix.
The REAL Costa Rico Blog gives you the recipe in English and Spanish.
The BackPacker uses chicken broth rather than the juice of the beans.
Global Destinations throws in a bunch of veggies to shake it up a bit.