Gallo Pinto is a really popular dish in Costa Rica; the equivalent to potatoes in the States.  It’s a versatile dish that can be changed slightly to your taste.  Some people may leave out onions while others may want to add tomatoes, pepper etc.  For me, I’m a “throw-stuff-in-til-it-looks-good” kind of cook, so I have no measurements for this recipe.  This is typically the same for most Tica woman when cooking gallo pinto.

The basic ingredients are:

  • Rice
  • Beans, usually black but can also be red
  • Salsa Lizano
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Garlic

To make gallo pinto you first start by cooking the rice and beans separately. Then, you fry up some onions, chili peppers and garlic in a frying pan. Add in rice and beans, with a little bit of the water that the beans were cooked in, and pour some Salsa Lizano over the top. Then fry all the ingredients together until most of the moisture is gone. The best step, enjoy. 🙂

By Kimberly Barker, Social Media Journalist

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