Gallo Pinto (Costa Rican Beans and Rice)

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  • 2 tablespoons oil (light-tasting, vegetable, mild olive, canola)
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 small yellow onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 cups black beans (cooked)
  • 1/4 cup salsa (Lizano **)
  • 3 cups rice (cooked, preferably, day-old and refrigerated)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium9% DV210mg
    Fat5% DV3g
    Protein8% DV4g
    Carbs9% DV27g
    Fiber16% DV4g
    Calories160Calories from Fat25
    Total Fat3g5%
    Saturated Fat0g0%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat25
    Total Carbohydrate27g9%
    Dietary Fiber4g16%
    Vitamin A10%
    Vitamin C30%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    Elyse K. 2 months ago
    I used an alternative to the salsa and then added cheese and hot salsa for some spice along with the smoky flavor. Ate with some tortilla chips. Excellent.
    Hannah Walsh 2 months ago
    Good. I used canned beans and regular salsa and then added Worcestershire sauce. I ate it with cheese and a tortilla which made it even better.
    . 3 months ago
    My daughter loves South American food she says this is banging
    Melissa Dunnink 5 months ago
    Personally I like more herbs / spices an veggies. Easy to make though
    Arelis Pagan 5 months ago
    Delish! This was the 2nd time I make it, this time I doubled the amount of salsa Lizano. Even my picky eaters went for seconds.
    Quinn 5 months ago
    it turned out great will definitely try this again
    Love 6 months ago
    Will try again. Wasn’t a huge fan.
    Menchak 6 months ago
    Turned out great I used two cans of black beans in their liquid I also was not able to find Salsa Lazano in the store, but did compare the ingredients to other condiments and Yellowbird Serrano Condiment was almost spot on the same
    Sarah Morton 6 months ago
    Very good! Used a fair amount of Worcestershire sauce instead of the salsa and added vegetable stock.
    Stephanie Brooke 7 months ago
    This was so tasty! I didn’t have the salsa lizano but it suggested Worcestershire sauce I substituted with Annie’s vegan Worcestershire sauce and some Jamaican hot sauce delicious!
    Andrea K. 7 months ago
    after returning from Costa rica, we were craving this. glad i had bought some of the salsa! quick and easy!
    Connelly Rader 8 months ago
    Super solid. Amazing flavors. Paired it with some scrambled eggs to top it off!
    Jeanne L. 8 months ago
    Great. Whole family loved it...
    harold f. 8 months ago
    As a professional chef, I can’t just follow a I substituted a head of roasted garlic for the tiny bit of garlic in the recipe and made my own lizano using chipotle peppers. Oh and I subbed honey for molasses because my wife went “ew!” Upon its mention. I don’t know about authentic but it sure was delicious!
    Корчак 8 months ago
    It tastes good, but my Nicaraguan friend said it's not a real gallo pinto. The real one should not have bell pepper, salsa daoce and the onion should not stay in the sauce. it should be taken out. i also visited Costa Rica and never saw them cooking it like this..
    Momklm 8 months ago
    We do make this quite often and we do have Salsa Lizano. But for those of you that can’t find it, the closest thing we’ve found to Lizano is A1 Sauce.
    Emma S. 9 months ago
    I love this dish! With an egg fried on top it is amazing! I haven't managed to find the salsa yet, but I keep looking!
    Sarah Sarah Spurway 9 months ago
    We love this recipe and served it on the side of pan seared salmon, and a big dollop of guac. We don’t have the salsa so winged it with whatever was in the cupboard (soya sauce, tabasco and cayenne) and served our own salsa on the side. Delish!
    Jackie Anderson 10 months ago
    great i used some coriander too
    Arushi Gupta 10 months ago
    Great! I cooked the beans with a lot of seasoning which helped add more flavor - make flavorful beans at home for this, it won’t taste as good with canned!
    Audrey Bricker 10 months ago
    Tasted amazing. I didn’t have the special salsa, so I used Tajin Seasoning (I found it at Aldi), some paprika, and a little chili powder. You don’t want to use regular salsa, because this will make it taste more Mexican than Costa Rican. It would turn out fine though, just the taste would be off. You will need to add extra water at the end to keep it from sticking. Overall very amazing!
    Denise 10 months ago
    turned out great. will make it gain.
    christobal 10 months ago
    i was great.. will make it again and for family and friends
    Melissa Fandrey 10 months ago
    Turned out really good made a homemade Lizano Sauce too and topped it with eggs
    Rebecca Dye 10 months ago
    needs a touch of salt, but on my winner list
    B-Swizzle a year ago
    others in my family loved it, but It was not my favorite
    CallumtheScot . a year ago
    Loved it, but I didn’t have salsa Lizano. Instead I used veg oxo cube, soy sauce, hot chipotle flakes, smoked paprika, cumin and Cajun. Added a couple of chopped tomatoes right at the end so they were warmed through and soft but still light and not broken down, squeeze of lime too
    Brycen The Chef a year ago
    Really good! A bit too many red peppers in my opinion. I also added lime which added more flavor
    Omari McKie a year ago
    Really good. Definitely will make again. I added a little more salsa
    Jonney Terry a year ago
    It turned out well it tasted great