Recipes, Cooking tips & more from Los Altos de Eros, Boutique Hotel & Spa in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
I am a proud Costarrican or “tica”, as we call ourselves, and our breakfast of champions is definitely a good Gallo Pinto. At Los Altos de Eros Boutique Hotel & Spa, the kitchen staff and I take pride in cooking typical dishes, reminding us of our mother’s and grandmother’s kitchens, our culture and heritage.
At Los Altos de Eros , I like to serve Gallo Pinto as part of the guests’s daily breakfast buffet, as it brings Costarrican or “Tico” flavor to the table and is a very complete meal. Not only is Gallo Pinto a great option for my vegetarian and gluten free clients, it is also loaded with good stuff! Black beans are very high in fiber, folate, protein, and antioxidants, along with numerous other vitamins and minerals. They make a complete protein when paired with rice (bingo!), which is often why they are so commonly included in a vegetarian diet.
4 cups cooked white rice
1 1/2 cups cooked or canned black beans
1/2 a bell pepper chopped
1/2 medium onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped
4 tsp cilantro chopped
2 tsp butter
3 tsp “Lizano Sauce” or Worchester Sauce
2 tsp olive oil.
Preparation: Place a pan on medium heat. Stir fry the onion, bell peppers and garlic.
Add the beans and lizano/worcheser sauce.
Then add the rice mix as well. Finally, stir the cilantro in and remove from heat. By adding the cilantro at the end it maintains its properties and flavors.
Serve for breakfast along with your choice of eggs, fruit, bacon etc… Or serve as a side with lunch or dinner. You can even spruce it up as a main vegetarian dish by topping it with avocado or serving on a bed of greens.
In Costa Rica it is common to mix it with a bit of sour cream.