Gallo Pinto Recipe

This is our go-to beans and rice recipe.   Gallo Pinto is a common dish served in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  The Worcestershire sauce and ginger give this beans and rice dish a unique smokey flavor.  The Costa Ricans are known to serve Gallo Pinto aside eggs or meat.  We typically enjoy it as a main dish.   My kids like to garnish their Gallo Pinto with cheese and sour cream.


Gallo Pinto Recipe


  • 2 Tbsp Palm Shortening or oil of choice
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 3 cups Rice, cooked
  • 2 cups Black Beans, cooked, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 3 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce (Allergy-free recipe here.  FYI:treacle=molasses)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Cilantro for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and saute just until soft.
  2. Add garlic and saute until onions are golden.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and cook until heated through.
  4. Garnish with cilantro.

You may also enjoy Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas with Mole Sauce and Skillet Meal: Pizza Rice!

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8 Responses to “Gallo Pinto Recipe”

  1. Yummy! I will have to remember this recipe, as I’m always looking for different things to do with beans.

  2. This looks so good! I love dinner recipes simple enough to do any night of the week and this defiantly is one for a hectic day! And all the ingredients are ones I usually have on hand. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. This one looks like one we’d really enjoy and easy enough for a weeknight!

  4. Lisa says:

    This is a great recipe … I just add a little coconut
    Milk to make it a little more authentic. I also put gobs
    Of fresh cilantro in it – not just garnish.

  5. Kristen Lynch says:

    Lea and Perrins all natural Worcestershire Sauce is dairy and soy free. My son dairy allergy also makes him sensitive to caramel color this only Worcestershire product I found that does not use it.