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Gallo Pinto (Costa Rican Rice and Beans)
From: Kozmic Blues

I found this recipe in a copy of Vegetarian Times. Gallo Pinto translates as "spotted rooster", and is a dish eaten by many Costa Ricans almost every day. The addition of ginger and Worcestershire adds a quite unique flavor to this dish.


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 cups cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2-3 tablespoons vegan worcestershire sauce (regular is not vegan)
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • fresh cilantro (optional)
  • sliced green onion (optional)

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add onion and sauté until it just begins to soften and turns color.

Add garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until onion is golden.

Add spices and Worcestershire, and stir into onion and garlic.

(The first time I made this, I was afraid to add the full 3 Tbsp of vegan Worcestershire, but the addition of the rice balances the flavor out).

Next, add the beans and then the rice.

Combine the rice and beans evenly and cook until mixture is heated through.

Add salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.

Garnish with some chopped cilantro or green onions if you prefer.