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Gallo Pinto - Rice and Beans

Gallo Pinto - Rice and Beans

Gallo Pinto (spotted rooster) is a traditional dish of mixed rice and beans found on nearly every breakfast plate at every home in Costa Rica.

Cooking Time: 15 min Yield: 1 serving Level: Easy


1 cup cooked rice
1 cup cooked red or black beans
3 tablespoons red bell peppers, chopped
3 tablespoons onion, chopped
2 tablespoons celery, chopped
1 teaspoon vegetable oil

If you desire, you may add one of the following ingredients:

1 pork sausage, minced
3 slices of ham, chopped in small pieces
Scrambled eggs


  1. Lightly fry the onion, bell pepper, and celery in 1 tsp of oil.

  2. When they are crispy add your choice of the extra ingredients (except eggs).

  3. Add the rice and fry all ingredients together; allow flavors to mix.

  4. Add the beans.

  5. Cover and let them rest for a while so the flavors mix and the rice becomes somewhat liquid. Add scrambled eggs (if desired). Serve immediately.

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