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Costa Rican Rice and Beans

Costa Rican Rice and Beans (Gallo Pinto)

Source: 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, by Neal Barnard, M.D.; recipe by Jason Wyrick of the Vegan Culinary Experience This Costa Rican dish, named Gallo Pinto (which translates to “Painted Rooster”), is a flavorful take on a classic rice-and-beans dish! This dish is enhanced by a sofrito, another Latin cuisine classic, made from onion, bell pepper, and garlic.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Costa Rican
Servings 2 servings


  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 7/8 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 3/4 cup cooked black beans rinsed
  • hot sauce to taste


  • Over medium heat, sauté the onion and bell pepper in a dry pot until the onion turns a light brown color.
  • Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add the water and salt and bring the water to a boil.
  • Add the rice, bring the water back to a boil, cover the pot, and reduce the heat to low.
  • Cook the rice for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, stir in the beans, and dress the Gallo Pinto with hot sauce.
Keyword gluten-free, nut-free, vegan
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