Gallo Pinto is a simple meal of rice and beans that is a typical food in Costa Rica. In fact, many families eat it three times a day. It's delicious, inexpensive, and easy to make.
I enjoyed learning how to make Gallo Pinto while attending an immersion Spanish school in Heredia, Costa Rica. Don and I lived with the cooking instructor from Intercultural Costa Rica Spanish School. What a delight! It was like being a foreign exchange student for two weeks.
Our "Mama Tica" Jannette taught me a few Costa Rican recipes, including Gallo Pinto. I am grateful and happy to share the recipe with you. Enjoy!
Try Gallo Pinto with these for a delicious meal:
Costa Rica Gallo Pinto Recipe
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic optional
- 2 cups cooked white or brown rice
- 1½ cups cooked black beans including the juice
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped
- In a medium pot, heat the oil to hot.
- Add the onion and cook it until it begins to caramelize (brown).
- Add the garlic and stir.
- Add the cooked rice and beans and stir.
- Reduce the heat to medium and continue to stir occasionally for about 5 minutes until the rice and beans are warmed through.
- Add the chopped cilantro and stir.
- Serve hot.
- Offer additional cilantro and hot sauce as condiments.
Recipe Nutrition Information
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