Costa Rican Gallo Pinto
Passed to your plate by Jimena Rosés-Sierra
As a Tica (Costa Rican native), there’s nothing more traditional and iconic than Gallo Pinto, so it is very dear and near to my heart dish. Dubbed the unofficially official dish of Costa Rica, Gallo Pinto is a surprisingly simple mixture of beans and rice, but when made right, the flavors will take you right back to that little café on the beach or cozy restaurant in the rainforest where you first tried it.
No one who’s ever visited Costa Rica is likely to forget Gallo Pinto, and those who haven’t visited rarely understand how people can be so enamored of rice and beans. Read more
The true Costa Rican twist? A few dashes of Salsa Lizano, the ubiquitous national condiment-sauce that’s tangy and smoky with a hint of cumin. You can substitute for Worchester sauce although any Tico would tell you that nothing rivals the real Salsa Lizano taste.