Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is an Authentic Costa Rican dish that my girlfriend's mother used to make us. She just passed in October and we got this recipe just in time. I thought I would put it out there for everyone to enjoy as much as we do.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sauté onions and garlic until soft.
  2. Add chicken stock bring to simmer.
  3. Combine all other ingredients and bring back to a simmer.
  4. Sauté off moisture to desired consistency (I like it on the wetter side).
Most Helpful

Wonderful recipe just like my grandma would make it! I've also tried it with pinto beans and it taste just as yummy! Thanx a lot for posting bought back some nice memories! Add some platano maduro and some salchicon (sausage) and I'm back in my grandma's kitchen!

Joanna 6 March 19, 2009

thank you matt! doing this means the world to me and I know that my mother would have loved it too! gallo pinto goes great with everything!! PURA VIDA!

ambulur July 07, 2011

Traditional Pinto also includes 1/2 a red poblano pepper or "chili dulce,"finely diced and 1/2 tsp of minced garlic. Costa Ricans don't enjoy spicey food but I also like to include 1/2 of a finely diced jalapeno. Serve with eggs and fried plantains.

ryantsparks1_9802436 August 25, 2010