One of the most traditional dishes and one loved by all ages – Gallo Pinto or gallopinto is a traditional dish from Central America. In Spanish ‘Gallo Pinto’ translates to spotted rooster with the name originating from the color of the delicious dish found at most mealtimes – gallo pinto is as traditional here as a cup of tea is to the Brits!

To make this delicious dish at home, we asked a local Chef how to create this delicious dish:


2 x tablespoons of oil

1 x finely chopped red bell pepper

1 x finely chopped yellow onion

2 x minced garlic cloves

2 x cups of cooked black beans

¾ cup of reserved cooking liquid from the beans or chicken stock

1/4 cup of Salsa Lizano* or Worcestershire sauce if not available

3 x cups of cooked rice

¼ cup chopped cilantro



  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat
  2. Add chopped bell pepper and onions and cook until soft and the onions are translucent
  3. Add minced garlic and cook for a further 1 minute
  4. Add black beans, cooking liquid and Salsa Lizano (or alternative) stirring to combine. Simmer for 5 minutes until slightly thickened and some of the liquid has evaporated
  5. Gently stir in the cooked rice and cook until heated through and most of the liquid is absorbed
  6. Stir in chopped cilantro and serve immediately


*Salsa Lizano is local to Costa Rica and is a vegetable-based sauce used widely throughout the country.