This is literally 101 Costa Rican cuisine.
Traditionally all Costa Ricans should know how to do this dish. I tell you a little story, many years ago in Costa Rica that best work was to collect coffee.
Those who did, got up very early and went to what we call coffee farms to collect enough and that way earn the money for that day.
Usually they need a meal to give them lots of energy, thus was born the Gallo Pinto.
Is accompanied with homemade tortillas and plantains.
My grandmother told me that she usually had to make the lunches for the whole family and take them to where they were harvesting coffee.
I know it is eaten in many countries this type of dish, and we Costa Ricans are very proud of this tradition inherited from our grandparents.
Enjoy it.


2 cups cooked black beans (can use fresh beans or a can of 15 oz.)
3 cups cooked long-graind rice from day before
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 cup finely chopped cilantro stems and leaves
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce or Lizano sauce
1 tablespoon butter
salt and pepper to taste.


In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter and saute onion and red bell pepper. Add beans stir well, add the rice.
Add the Worcestershire sauce or Lizano sauce, salt and pepper, cook for 5 minutes until all ingredients are well blended. Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro.
Serve with tortillas and sour cream.

Preparation time 10 minutes.
Cooking time 10 minutes.
Makes 8 servings.
Level of the recipe: Easy.


In a slow cooker add 1 pound of raw black beans, 6 cups of water 6 cloves of garlic, 2 tablespoons of
Dried oregano and 1 cup of cilantro stems and leaves. Cook for 3 hours or until beans are tender.

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  1. I know I said this on FB, but...

    I looked for Gallo Pinto recipes when I came back from Costa Rica - years ago - and could never find one! All Google turned up was pictures of black & white roosters. So at least I figured out what the name meant, but I've never gotten the recipe quite right. So excited!!!

  2. Hi Kathya! My son's girlfriend is from Costa Rica. I've been there and have had this dish many times!

  3. Thank you, I'm very happy to share recipes the brings back good memories.


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