Gallo Pinto (Central America)

Gallo Pinto (Central America)

(6 servings)    Printable Version
  • 1 pound black beans (cooked in pressure cooker with 2 crushed cloves of garlic)
  • 4 cups cooked white rice (for maximum flavor cook in chicken broth instead of water)
  • 1 medium onions - chopped
  • 1 small sweet red or yellow pepper - chopped
  • 10 sprigs of fresh cilantro - chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash Worcester sauce
In a large frying fan over medium heat, saute the onion, pepper and cilantro in vegetable oil until soft. Add rice and beans and mix well in the fry pan. Season win Worchester sauce and salt.

Continue to cook and stir until rice barely begins to brown.

Serve with a fried or scrambled eggs and tortillas.

Note From Recipe Submitter::
This is how I had this dish in Costa Rica. For a quick Nicaraguan version, cook the rice in beef broth and mix 2 cups of cooked and shredded roast beef in with the rice and beans. Gallo Pinto means "spotted rooster" - presumably named because the dish is speckled in appearance.



A very common meal in Central America - sometimes for breakfast with eggs, but more often as an afternoon meal without eggs.

Mr Breakfast would like to thank kla163 for this recipe.

Comments About This Recipe
What do you think of Gallo Pinto (Central America)?
Overall Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)
Based on 3 votes.


From El Capitan
Rating (out of 5):  

Awesome. One of my favorites from my trips to Central America.

Comment submitted: 4/18/2013 (#15702)



Official Member: Team BreakfastFrom RickWiese (Team Breakfast Member)
Rating (out of 5):  

Gallo Pinto is a fantastic breakfast dish. I really miss eating it for breakfast in San Jose. But Jon has the right idea. To get the authentic Costa Rican taste, you have to use Salsa Lizano rathern than the Worcester sauce. It's just not the same! Salsa Lizano isn't always easy to find, but it may be more readily available since Knorr bought out the Lizano Company. I bought two large bottles of it just the other day at the local grocery store.

Comment submitted: 6/30/2007 (#3135)



From jon_blaze
Rating (out of 5):  

This is a delicious and simple dish. Became a favorite after visiting Costa Rica. For an burst of flavor, dash on some Salsa Lizano (Costa Rican condiment).

Comment submitted: 3/21/2007 (#1904)





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