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Here is some trivia for you. Did you know that in Costa Rica Gallo Pinto or Bean and Rice is served for breakfast? I didn’t! I guess you can learn something new everyday. Beans and Rice recipes are usually considered main course dishes in most parts of the world. Go ahead, try your hand at this classic recipe.

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  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain parboiled rice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
  • Tamarind Sauce
  • Bottled Pickapeppa sauce


Combine the first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Stir in the rice. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Discard the bay leaves. Set rice aside.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and next 6 ingredients (onion through garlic); saute 5 minutes or until tender. Add rice, cilantro, and beans, and cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Serve with Tangy Tamarind Sauce or Pickapeppa sauce.

Recipe by:Greg Patent , Cooking Light, APRIL 1995
Photo By:Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Cindy Manning Barr via myrecipes.com

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Comment by charles thiesen Subscribed to comments via email
2011-04-29 09:05:59

The method as shown here doesn’t make sense. Either that or the ingredients list is in the wrong order. The method says, “Combine the first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Stir in the rice.” But the first three ingredients are bell pepper, cumin, and salt.

This looks like a recipe I’d like to try, but not until it can actually be done. (I wonder if you could let me know when it’s fixed.”

Comment by Caribbean Recipe Blogger
2011-05-16 09:40:45

I’m sorry Charles, I got the ingredients mixed up….but I’ve updated the post with the correct ingredients.


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