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5 from 9 votes

Gallo Pinto Recipe

Make up this quick and easy authentic Gallo Pinto recipe in just 30 minutes!  Lizano sauce coats black beans, rice, peppers, and onions for a flavor explosion.

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


  • 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, beans, and seasoning ingredients to the skillet. Stir to combine.

  5. Pour Lizano salsa over rice and stir well. Cook for 5-10 minutes, uncovered, 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

  • Three cups cooked rice is roughly 1 cup uncooked rice. Day old rice is preferable.
  • Estimated time does not take into account the time it takes to cook the rice.
  • To Store: Gallo pinto stores well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • To Freeze: It also freezes well if placed in a freezer-safe container for up to 4-6 months.
Nutrition Facts
Gallo Pinto Recipe
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.