Easy and Authentic Costa Rican Gallo Pinto Recipe

If you’ve visited Costa Rica before, you most definitely have eaten or tried gallo pinto, the traditional breakfast of the country. The history of this hearty mixture of rice and beans is that back in the old days, nearly all Costa Ricans were farmers and worked in the field so they needed a good heavy breakfast to give them energy. All the ingredients in the recipe: rice, beans, onion, cilantro and green pepper are easy to grow in Costa Rica with rice and beans being staples.

For those who want to bring a little pura vida to their kitchen, here is our authentic recipe for Costa Rican gallo pinto thanks to Yeison’s brother helping me put it together. Having a Costa Rican partner means I needed to learn how to make gallo pinto so I made sure to ask Yeison’s Costa Rican family who makes delicious pinto!

Costa Rican Gallo Pinto Recipe

Easy Costa Rican gallo pinto recipe


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