Gallo Pinto, or Costa Rican beans & rice

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 206.8
  • Total Fat: 2.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 331.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 36.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.6 g
  • Protein: 6.5 g

View full nutritional breakdown of Gallo Pinto, or Costa Rican beans & rice calories by ingredient


You can't go anywhere in Costa Rica without eating gallo pinto. Even Burger King sells it for breakfast! You can't go anywhere in Costa Rica without eating gallo pinto. Even Burger King sells it for breakfast!
Number of Servings: 6


    1 tbsp. olive oil
    1/4 cup chopped onion
    2-3 cloves garlic
    2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
    1/4 tsp cumin
    1/4 tsp ginger
    1 cup uncooked white rice, or 3 cups cooked
    1 can (or 1 3/4 cups) cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
    salt and pepper to taste


If rice is uncooked, begin cooking according to package directions with a little salt or chicken bouillon. When the rice is nearly done, chop onion, mince or press garlic, and begin heating the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and heat until the onion is clear. Add cumin, ginger, and Worcestershire sauce and stir. Then stir in cooked rice and beans and heat until the rice begins to stick (until it's well heated through). Add salt and pepper to taste.

Number of Servings: 6

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user RIZADA.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    so yummy. i use brown rice and add 1/4 tsp of coriander as well. - 3/13/09

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    Pinto is made with rice already cooked is best if cooked from the day before (like Chinese fry rice)and the only sauce we Ticos add is Lizano sauce and the cilantro is added all the way At the end - 6/27/21

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    I just made this today, substituting quinoa for the rice. It is fabulous! - 4/8/20

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    Actually this is missing the most important ingredient...the tico secret: Salsa Lizano. I can't have pinto without it. Also how my tica mama taught me how to make it. I've never had it with worcestershire sauce. You can buy Lizano at most Mexican or other Latin American groceries or online. - 6/3/13

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    This is a wonderful recipe. I do recommend using day old rice. I may have overdone the ginger, so next time I will stick to the recipe's measurement. I added a bit of hot sauce, too. - 4/12/13