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!
Servings: 8 people
- 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
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