Gallo Pinto

Gallo pinto is a traditional rice and beans dish native to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Although definitely meatless, the name translates to “spotted rooster” and is thought to reflect the speckled appearance of the dish.

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Serves 3-4

  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or grape seed oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Costa Rican Lizano sauce or salsa
  • several grinds salt and pepper

Serve with (optional):

  • fresh cilantro
  • 1 egg per person, sunny-side up
  • corn tortillas, 1-2 per person

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until softened and translucent.

Add pepper, sauté 1-2 minutes.

Add corn and garlic.

Add spices and sauces and mix thoroughly.

Stir in rice and beans until mixture is heated through and well combined.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

In a separate skillet, fry one egg per person.

Serve warm topped with an egg, and garnished with plenty of cilantro and additional sauces to taste.

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Nutrition Information

Gallo Pinto

Servings per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories:  358

Calories from Fat:  74

Total Fat:  8g

Saturated Fat:  2g

Cholesterol:  0mg

Sodium:  394mg

Potassium:  288mg

Carbohydrates:  61g

Dietary Fiber:  12g

Protein:  13g

Sugars:  4g

Vitamin A:  19%

Vitamin C:  73%

Calcium:  5%

Iron:  19%

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