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Gallo Pinto

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  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 15 min
  • Servings 4
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Gallo Pinto—Costa Rican rice and beans—is quick, easy and bursting with fresh flavors like sweet peppers and cilantro. Our version is on the table in just 15 minutes, and makes a wonderful light dinner or hearty side on busy weeknights. (And did we mention it’s easy on the wallet?) Everyone will want seconds.
Created Apr 19, 2017
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  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red sweet pepper, diced
  • 3 cups (about 1 1/2 19-oz cans) Progresso™ Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 tablespoons Lizano™ Salsa
  • 3 cups white rice, cooked
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped


  • 1
    Heat the oil in a large skillet and sauté the onion and sweet pepper until soft, about 3 minutes.
  • 2
    Add black beans and Salsa Lizano™; stir to combine. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • 3
    Stir in white rice and continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes, or until all ingredients are heated through. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • 4
    Add cilantro; mix to combine. Serve.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    Salsa Lizano™ is a traditional Costa Rican condiment available in the ethnic/Hispanic aisles of many grocery stores, and can easily be purchased online. If you don't have Salsa Lizano™ you can substitute with Worcestershire sauce. You can make this recipe ahead and refrigerate in a covered container. To serve reheat it in a microwave.

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More About This Recipe

  • Let’s talk about rice and beans! These two simple ingredients are such a staple around the world, right? I love how every different country, or even regions within a country, has their own totally unique way of making them. Today we’re making Gallo Pinto, Costa Rica’s version of rice and beans, which is super easy to make and even easier to eat. To make it you just need to stir up some white rice (leftover white rice works great), black beans, a few veggies and Salsa Lizano.™ If you don't have Salsa Lizano™ you can substitute with Worcestershire sauce. Simple, quick and delicious. Can’t beat that. Happy cooking!
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