Gallo Pinto Recipe

This traditional Costa Rican dish is a flavorful blend of rice, black beans, and aromatic seasonings that will ignite your senses. Gallo Pinto is a beloved staple in Costa Rican cuisine, enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. With each forkful, you’ll experience the vibrant flavors that make Costa Rican cuisine so renowned. Immerse yourself in the tropical spirit and savor the authentic taste of Costa Rica with our scrumptious Gallo Pinto recipe, bringing the warmth and flavors of the tropics right to your table.


  • 2 cups cooked white rice, preferably day-old
  • 1 cup cooked black beans, with some liquid reserved
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish
  • Salsa Lizano or Worcestershire sauce, for serving (optional)


  1. In a large skillet or frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onion and red bell pepper to the pan. Sauté until the vegetables become tender and lightly golden.
  3. Add the minced garlic to the pan and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  4. Stir in the ground cumin, paprika, and dried oregano, coating the vegetables with the aromatic spices.
  5. Add the cooked black beans (with some of the reserved liquid) to the pan. Mix well with the seasoned vegetables.
  6. Gently fold in the cooked white rice, ensuring that it is evenly distributed throughout the pan.
  7. Season the Gallo Pinto with salt and black pepper to taste. Stir gently to combine all the ingredients.
  8. Cook the Gallo Pinto for a few more minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  9. Remove the pan from heat and transfer the Gallo Pinto to a serving dish.
  10. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve hot.
  11. For an authentic Costa Rican touch, drizzle some Salsa Lizano or Worcestershire sauce over the Gallo Pinto before serving (optional).
  12. Enjoy this scrumptious Costa Rican delight as a satisfying main dish or as a side accompaniment to your favorite Costa Rican dishes.

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