Gallo Pinto

Typical Costa Rican Food for breakfast

The Gallo Pinto is the traditional Costa Rican breakfast, some people say that it is originally from Nicaragua but I listened people saying that they ate in Panama too, but as my mother always prepared it for me since I was a child I would say that it is Costa Rican.

No Matter who invented or where you get it, the Gallo Pinto is a delicious breakfast prepared with rice, beans, onion, cilantro, vegetable oil, salt and the magical Salsa Lizano.

Give it a try, you will love it and believe me, it will not be easy to get rid of it if you stay to live in Costa Rica, In my case I eat it every single day with different accompaniments, for example:

Costa Rican breakfast day by day

  • Monday: Pinto with scramble eggs
  • Tuesday: …with plantain and sour cream
  • Wednesday : … with a piece of cheese
  • Thursday:…with sausage
  • Friday:…with cream cheese
  • Saturday:…with fried cheese
  • Sunday: a full breakfast: Gallo Pinto, fried eggs, cheese, plantain, tortillas, orange juice and a cup of coffee

Other Costa Rican breakfast options

If you do not want to eat it everyday there are other traditional breakfast to choose from, for example:

  • Plantain with sour cream
  • Chorreada
  • Tortilla with cheese
  • Scramble or fried eggs
  • Regular Sandwich
  • And on Christmas the Tamal substitute everything, Tamal for breakfast, two Tamal for lunch, Tamal with coffee and a Tamal at night..

Pinto vs ‘Rice and Beans’

If you plan to visit Limon, which is located in the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica you need to differentiate the Gallo Pinto from the ‘Rice and Beans’, yes I know it might be confusing but in Limon there is a Costa Rican recipe that it a little similar to the breakfast, but this one is cooked with coconut oil and serve with chicken covered of a local sauce, and by the way it is for lunch.

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