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Recipes » Main Dish » Gallo Pinto (Costa Rican Rice and Beans)
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  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups cooked black beans, drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp bean water or vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cilantro to taste, chopped


  • 1. In a medium saucepan, sauté the onion and bell pepper over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • 2. Add the rice, beans, garlic, and bean water and sauté for 5 minutes.
  • 3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • 4. Add cilantro and mix well before serving

Cooking Tips

  • 1. Cook the rice the previous day for better results.

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