Gallo Pinto is the national dish of Costa Rica. Most people here eat it especially for breakfast. You can find this dish also in other countries in Central America under a different name. In Nicaragua for example they use red beans instead of black beans.
Ingredients (4 people):
- 200 g brown rice
- 400 g black beans
- 1 red or yellow sweet pepper
- 200 g tomatoes
- coconut oil
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 onion
- salt, pepper, cumin, cinnamon
- fresh coriander leaves (cilantro)
- 1 lime
1. Cook the rice and beans in a separated pan in salted water with a lid according to the packet instruction.
2. Prepare the garlic and onion, chop them finely and steam them together with the cumin in coconut oil for 1 minute.
3. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and pepper, the beans, and some juice of the beans.
4. Add the rice, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and the finely chopped coriander and let it roast for 5 mins. Squeeze in the juice of 1 lime.
The tomatoes (makes it more moisty) and cinnamon are not part of the traditional Gallo Pinto.
Spicy, sweet alternative: Add 1 red chili and 1 banana
Side dishes are often scrambled or fried eggs, corn tortilla or toast, fried plantains, and Natilla (sour cream). Instead of eggs you can also use scrambled tofu. And instead of Natilla cashew butter with coconut milk.