Costa Rica IV: Gallo Pinto

November 4th, 2009

Wow, this half written post has fallen through the cracks… “In Costa Rica, I found the leafcutter ants fascinating. On one of our hikes around, Juan and I witnessed an ant cut up a leaf and cart it away. I felt like I was on the Discovery Channel. Above is a leafcutter ant perched on our guide’s hand. Carlos also told me how he makes the traditional Costa Rican dish Gallo Pinto.  After we came back, I made it one day…”

I am not sure where I wanted to go after that… but I feel that a disclaimer is in order: I don’t like rice or beans that much.  I’ll eat them in certain things but overall they are not what I would want… However, I really did like gallo pinto especially the cilantro… topped with some Salsa and I had a great dinner…

Speaking of beans, a friend of mine is entering the Chili Cookoff this weekend…  If you are in Chicago and want to eat some chili… it is worth checking out…

Gallo Pinto
(adapted from Carlos’s recipe)
1 cup rice
1/2 chopped onion
2 garlic cloves
1 red pepper, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoon oil
1. Heat the oil a sauce pan.  Add the rice and slightly brown the rice in frying pan.  Add water and bring to a boil.  Cook until the rice is tender.

2. In a separate frying pan, add the onions, garlic, and red peppers with a little oil.  Saute until tender.  Mix in with the rice and the cilantro.

3.  Serve with black beans.  I just used some already made in a can.  Carlos cooks them with more water than called for and adds some onion, garlic, red pepper and cilantro to them too.

4 Responses to “Costa Rica IV: Gallo Pinto”

  1. Medina on November 5, 2009 6:20 am

    This recipe looks mighty tasty.

  2. Manggy on November 5, 2009 6:38 am

    Whew! I was about to say, “What handsome hands you have…” Ha ha ha :)
    I am a certified rice *and* beans fan so I definitely would love this!

  3. noble pig on November 5, 2009 10:40 am

    Very nice and yummy.

  4. Chris on November 10, 2009 7:17 pm

    Funny – I thought the leaf cutter ant colonies were fascinating too when we were in CR. :)

    And I also am not a fan of rice and beans. Not my first choice. But this dish does sound yummy.

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