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gallo pinto
Gallo Pinto (Beans and Rice)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Gallo pinto is a traditional beans and rice dish from Costa Rica and Nicaragua that is prepared with the typical Lizano sauce.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Costa Rican, Latin American, Nicaraguayan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Author: Mike Benayoun
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans black beans (with liquid)
  • 1 red bell pepper , diced
  • 1 onion , finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic , crushed
  • ½ bunch cilantro , chopped
  • Lizano sauce (or Worcestershire sauce)
  • Avocados
  • Eggs (scrambled or sunny side up)
  • Tortillas
  • Fried Plantains
  • Cheese (Cacique Cotija for example)
  1. In a skillet with a little oil, sauté the red bell peppers and onions on medium-high heat.

  2. When the onions are translucent (after 8-10 minutes), add the garlic and continue to sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the black beans with their liquid, and 2 tablespoons of Lizano sauce (or more).
  4. After 3 minutes, Reduce heat and add the rice and stir gently. Continue to cook for a few minutes.

  5. Add the chopped cilantro. Season with salt and pepper.