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.
- 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.