Costa Rican Gallo Pinto (Summer/Fall)

September 20, 2006

Costa Rican Gallo Pinto (Summer/Fall)

Contributed by David Scherer, TCSA.

Gallo Pinto is Spanish for painted rooster. This is a traditional Costa Rican dish, usually served for breakfast, but good anytime. Costa Ricans, referred to as ‘ticos’, say ‘Pura Vida’, pure life, as a general exclamation or to indicate hello, goodbye, or ‘It’s all good’. Pura Vida!

2 cups cooked and drained black beans
2 cups cooked rice
1 chopped onion
1 diced red pepper
2-3 cloves garlic
1-2 diced tomatoes
1 ear of corn, kernels removed with knife
¼ cup chopped cilantro
1 mango
1 avocado
salsa (for the true Costa Rican experience, use Lizano salsa, the most popular brand of salsa in Costa Rica and available for purchase in Oro Valley at Pura Vida, a Costa Rican Restaurant)
juice of 1 lime

In a large frying pan or wok, saute onion, garlic, and red pepper in olive oil until onion is translucent. Add tomatoes, cilantro, and corn and contine to saute. Add rice and beans, salsa, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Carefully dice 1 mango and mix everything together. To serve, garnish with sliced avocado and lime juice.

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