A cast-iron skillet with a gallo pinto recipe in it with a wooden spoon and cilantro.
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Gallo Pinto Recipe | Costa Rican Beans and Rice

Gallo Pinto is a quick, healthy, and authentic black beans and rice dish that is made with Lizano salsa and is traditionally found in Costa Rica. 

Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Costa Rican, Latin American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 358 kcal
Author London


  • 3 cups cooked rice brown or white*
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 sweet onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • cup Lizano salsa
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. salt to taste
  • 15- oz. can black beans drained


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat add olive oil, bell peppers, and onion. Sauté for 5-7 minutes or until veggies are tender.
  2. Add crushed garlic and continue sautéing for 1 minute.
  3. Whisk together cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt in a small bowl.
  4. Add rice and seasoning ingredients to the skillet and stir to combine.
  5. Pour Lizano salsa over rice and stir well. Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes over low heat, or until rice absorbs the sauce.

  6. Serve gallo pinto with cilantro and additional Lizano salsa, if desired, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Gallo Pinto Recipe | Costa Rican Beans and Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 358 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1146mg50%
Potassium 512mg15%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 1180IU24%
Vitamin C 58mg70%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.