• 2 tablespoons oil (light-tasting, vegetable, mild olive, canola)
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 small yellow onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 cups black beans (cooked)
  • 1/4 cup salsa (Lizano **)
  • 3 cups rice (cooked, preferably, day-old and refrigerated)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
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NutritionView more



Calories180Calories from Fat35
Total Fat3.5g5%
Saturated Fat0g0%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat35
Total Carbohydrate31g10%
Dietary Fiber4g16%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Fantastic. It came out exactly like the picture and the taste was exceptional.
Andrea B. 31 Jul
Tasty, used a different bean and salsa so used the alternative recipe from notes
Woolsey 13 Jul
Loved it it’s cheep it’s easy it’s fast and it is very filling will make again
Summer D. 11 Jul
it was good. i added sour cream on top also.
whiterose 14 Jun
Substituted salsa lizano with worcestershire sauce & cumin as recipe suggested. Eat with fried egg for best flavour.
Just like fresh in Costa Rica! Best gallo pinto recipe I've found, and I've tried lots. You can order Lizano salsa on Amazon. It's worth it. This dish is also traditionally served with eggs scrambled or over easy and with sour cream. As a personal preference,next time I make it (probably every weekend from now on!), I'm going to use more beans and less rice.
Kathy 21 May
Excellent. I could not find the salsa called for so I used the worcestershire sauce and cumin i will definitly make it again.
isabella 8 May
Amazing I would make this again but I made it with fresh rice instead day old rice
Luna 23 Apr
Good and quick! Would make this again.
Arin Hogan 18 Apr
absolutely delicious
wonderful!! I have made this dish several times.
Sheila S. 12 Apr
Delicious. Just returned from Costa Rica. So authentic.
Would make again 👍👍
Authentic! Added some chicken with Goya simmer sauce. Nom nom.
Ashley 1 Apr
Pretty flavorful. I added ground chicken for extra protein and a lot more seasoning since I used regular salsa
Fast to make and very tasty.
Jared 27 Feb
Very tasty and super easy
Very easy to make so good
Victoria 21 Feb
Perfect - I was worried because I didn’t have salsa lizana but I substituted Worcestershire and cumin. I added paprika to mine. The whole family loved it!
Good. I didn’t have salsa so added a bunch of spices and it was still good (ie cumin paprika onion powder) would recommend. Made rice night of and it didn’t matter
RJ 19 Feb
Kids loved this for dinner. I was heavy on the beans and lights on the rice since this was going to be the main dish for an easy homemade dinner.
j k. 4 Feb
easy to make followed the idea of breakfast, scrambled eggs and the kids ate it.
Camren 2 Feb
Made with quinoa and it was really good
Turned out well. Had to add a few more spices. Definitely needs more liquid.
Delishous!! and the salsa is a must!!
Morgan 24 Jan
It was ok might make it again
It was really tasty - was concerned to add that much Worcestershire sauce at first but it really made the dish! I also added dried cumin, smoked paprika and a little cayenne pepper. Served with a fried egg and avocado.
Beau 21 Jan
Made this for a vegetarian friend that came over tonight and he really enjoyed it. My wife and I enjoyed it as well. You don't miss the meat in this recipe. I have a texture issue with beans, but the rice to bean ratio was perfect and there were no issues.
A bit dry, next time would use more beans!
Brittnie w 16 Jan
I thought it was really good! Plan to make it again. And it was a pretty easy recipe to make.