TRADITIONAL COSTA RICAN GALLO PINTO RECIPE

Gallo-Pinto BreakfastPlate.jpg

Photo by Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz under license by CC BY-SA 4.0

Gallo pinto, served for breakfast with fried eggs, plantain, bacon, avocado, a corn tortilla and sour cream.

Gallo pinto is a traditional Costa Rican dish consisting of a rice and beans base. The beans are quickly cooked until the juice is almost consumed, then combined with rice and other ingredients to include cooked bell peppers, chopped onions, and garlic. Gallo pinto means spotted rooster in Spanish. The name derives from the multi-colored, speckled appearance that results from cooking the rice with pinto beans. At breakfast it is often served with fried eggs or plain Costa Rican cheese. At other meals it is a side dish to pork, chicken or fish. There are many variations on the theme. Some aficionados prefer black beans, while others prefer red. Garlic, carrots, and other vegetables can be added. as wwell as grated coconut.

GALLO PINTO INGREDIENTS

GALLO PINTO PREPARATION

GALLO PINTO RECIPE NOTES

Costa Ricans traditionally spice Gallo Pinto with Salsa Lizano, a tangy, smokey, flavorful condiment produced in Costa Rica and available on Amazon and in some hispanic markets. It's a thin, smooth, light brown sauce either used while cooking or tableside. Slightly sweet and acidic, with a hint of spiciness lent by black pepper and cumin, ingredients include water, sugar, salt, vegetables (onions, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers), spices, pepper, mustard, turmeric, modified corn starch, hydrolized vegetable protein and sodium benzoate. Worcestershire sauce is a worthy substitute.

For best results, use day- or two-old rice and beans kept in the refrigerator.


buy button