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

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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.


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  • Incredible!
    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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  • 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

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  • This is exactly how it is made in Costa Rica! I like to add a little cilantro just to be different. - 6/8/11

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  • This was DELICIOUS, but a tiny bit dry. We added salsa and ate it with sour cream and that sorted it out great, but I think next time I'll increase the onions and beans to make it a little less dry. This is definitely a keeper, though! Thanks! - 4/5/11

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  • a lovely dish, and one you can improvise on...with whatever you have leftover and need to use from your fridge! - 10/17/10

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  • Gallo pinto is one of my favorite foods! I add chopped green peppers in mine for extra flavor. - 7/14/10

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  • This was fabulous! I used pinto beans and brown rice, but all the spices were the same and my husband loved it too. I added it to one of my cookbooks, because I KNOW I'll use it again! :) - 4/14/10

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  • Thanks for the recipe! I am going to try this tonight. The high calories count originally put me off, but now I see that info. is for the entire dish, not just one serving...Bonus!
    The only thing I am going to add is freshly chopped cilantro on top. This is how I was served it in Costa Rica. THX!! - 3/7/10

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  • I was really amazed to find Gallo Pinto here! What other recipes i could find from Costa Rica? Thanks! - 2/23/10

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  • This was really good I used pinto beans and did not have any worcestershire sauce but it was great
    - 9/25/09

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  • Wonderful! - 4/13/09

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  • i'm so excited to fine this recipe. i was in costa rica and just loved this dish (available EVERYWHERE and w/breakfast too) i tried making it at home but it was never the same. can't wait to try this!!!! - 4/4/09

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