Costa Rica: How to make the typical Gallo Pinto?

Updated: Sep 28





Today I will teach you how to do our typical Gallo Pinto for breakfast (or we ticos eat it at all times), which is rice and beans with different spices .


I believe if you go to visit a country it's to try many dishes, to try part of the culture. Food is a big part of the culture, so it's a way to experience how they live.


The name Gallo Pinto comes from the mixture of rice and beans, due to the coloring that it gives the rice when you mix it. Gallo Pinto means quite literally, “Spotted Rooster” in Spanish.


Normally ticos use a sauce called Salsa Lizano, it's a type of Worcestershire sauce, which can be similar. In my family we don't use it anymore, because my mom makes a sauce with pumpkin and it's more natural, and it's a family recipe. You can find it here: www.facebook.com/aderezodelatierra/


The Gallo Pinto is traditionally served for breakfast alongside with fried or scrambled eggs, Gallo Pinto is a hearty and delicious traditional Costa Rican dish.


Ok, so here are the ingredients to make this Gallo Pinto recipe:


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons light-tasting oil (vegetable, mild olive, canola)

  • 1 red bell pepper , chopped

  • 1 small yellow onion , chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic , minced

  • 2 cups cooked black beans , in 3/4 cup reserved cooking liquid

  • 1/4 cup Salsa Lizano

  • 3 cups cooked rice , preferably, day-old and refrigerated3 cups cooked rice , preferably, day-old and refrigerated

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


Preparation



To make it is pretty easy, you just grab a pan, at medium temperature, and then add a spoon of oil.


Next, you add to the pan the chop sweet pepper and the small onion, then let it sit for a couple of minutes.


After that, add you will add the black beans, followed by the rice, and then add the salt and the chop cilantro.


The next step is to add the Salsa Lizano or the Worcestershire sauce.


Then just give the whole thing and a good stir, and let it sit for about three minutes.


Now you just need to turn off the heat, stir it a little bit more, and let it sit for another five minutes or so.

*Amanda Urcuyo is a travel designer for Costa Rica and you can contact her for information on tours, hotels, rent a car or shuttles: http://www.crtravellingtours.com/ www.facebook.com/crtravellingtours/


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