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Gallo Pinto - Costa Rican Rice & Bean Breakfast Platter
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Gallo Pinto - Costa Rican Rice & Beans Breakfast Platter

A hearty and filling breakfast with rice and beans as the centerpiece, accompanied by eggs, cheese, chorizo, plantain, fruit and coffee. Enjoy breakfast - Costa Rican style!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Soaking Time8 hrs
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Costa Rican
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 310kcal


  • 1/2 cup black beans soaked overnight
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sofrito optional
  • 3 cups rice
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped
  • salt to taste


  • Fried Ripe Plantain
  • Eggs fried or preferential cooking method
  • Chorizo fried or grilled
  • Queso de Freir fried or grilled
  • Fresh Tropical Fruit
  • Coffee


  • Cover beans with water and bring to a boil with bay leaf and garlic.  Reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour, until the beans are tender.
  • Drain beans, but reserve the cooking liquid.
  • In a large measuring cup, combine reserved cooking liquid and water to equal 4 cups.
  • In a large pot, heat oil.  Add onions, bell pepper and sofrito (if using).
  • Saute until softened.
  • Add beans, salt and water and bring to a boil.  
  • Add rice, stir and return to a boil.
  • Once it is boiling, cover and reduce to simmer on low heat.
  • Cook until rice is tender and has absorbed all of the water, about 20 minutes.
  • Add cilantro and adjust salt, as needed.


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 472IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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