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Fried Rice and Beans (Gallo Pinto)

Fried Rice and Beans (Gallo Pinto)


My dad's black bean recipe. He is from Costa Rica. I eat these 4 different ways: as "gallo pinto," plain rice and beans for a side dish, as black bean soup, or mash them to make a dip. Serve gallo pinto with a fried egg and bacon.


  • 1 pound dry black beans
  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil, or as needed
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 ½ cups cooked rice


  1. Go through beans and pick out any with holes or rocks. Transfer beans to a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let soak for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  2. Rinse beans and dump water out. Transfer to a large pan and cover with fresh water by 2 inches. Add garlic and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until tender, about 1 hour, adding oregano and salt during the last few minutes. Reserve a few spoons of "caldo" (cooking juice) as it cooks.
  3. Measure 1/2 cup cooked beans for gallo pinto and reserve remaining beans for another use.
  4. For one serving of gallo pinto: Heat oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and saute until dark but not burned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add 1/2 cup cooked black beans along with 2 to 3 tablespoons "caldo." Stir in rice and cook until it starts to get crispy 3 to 5 minutes.

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Fried Rice and Beans (Gallo Pinto)

Servings Per Recipe: 1
Calories: 1917.9
% Daily Value *
protein: 210 %
carbohydrates: 114 %
dietary fiber: 284 %
fat: 18 %
saturated fat: 13 %
vitamin a iu: 2 %
niacin equivalents: 256 %
vitamin b6: 102 %
vitamin c: 7 %
folate: 540 %
calcium: 62 %
iron: 147 %
magnesium: 290 %
potassium: 193 %
sodium: 94 %
thiamin: 450 %
calories from fat:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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