Gallo Pinto: Costa Rican Rice and Beans Breakfast

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Traditional breakfast of Costa Rica. A delicious hearty meal that will satisfy for breakfast, lunch or dinner.




  1. Cook the Gallo Pinto: Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Sauté garlic, red pepper and onion, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the cooked rice and lower the heat to medium-low. Cook, tossing, until everything is combined and hot, 3-4 minutes. Add beans and gently fold them into the rice mixture. Continue cooking and gently folding until everything is hot and thoroughly combined, 2 minutes or so. Stir in scallions, 6 tablespoons chopped cilantro, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Remove from heat and cover partially to keep warm.
  2. Cook the Plantains: In a medium bowl, toss sliced plantains with sugar, cinnamon and salt. Heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil in a large, preferably cast iron, skillet over medium-high heat. Add the plantain slices in a single layer. ( If they don’t all fit, cook them in two batches) Cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until brown and caramelized and soft. Transfer to a plate. Squeeze some lime juice over them – about 1/4 of a juicy lime. Sprinkle a few pinches of course salt over them, to taste. Tent with foil.
  3. Fry the Eggs: Fry or scramble the eggs – however you like them.
  4. To Serve: Divide pinto gallo between 6 plates. Place a cooked egg on top of each. Garnish with a sprinkle of cilantro and some salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange a few plantain slices alongside. Garnish with a lime wedge. Pass around the hot sauce.

Keywords: rice and beans, Costa Rican rice and beans breakfast