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Excellent and tastes just like what we've had in Costa Rica. I used Melinda's hot sauce, since that is what is used in Costa Rica.

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Vicki in AZ September 12, 2002

I'd made this some time back. I did not garnish with bacon, instead, did that with cilantro. Also, I did not use Tobasco and Worcestershire sauces. I remember garnishing with cilantro and thin strips of green bell pepper. The dish was amazing, both, presentation and taste wise. I served it with low-fat yogurt and everyone had a grand time:)

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Charishma_Ramchandani June 13, 2002

I did not use bacon and found this to be extremely bland. I can't imagine that the bacon would add enough flavor to make this worth making again.

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sugarbowlbutt November 09, 2003

A good black bean and rice recipe. A authentic Costa Rican Gallo Pinto needs Salsa Lizano or more than double the recommended Worcestershire Sauce. Tabasco sauce and bacon are usually adds to a basic recipe. I would up the portions of onion and sweet bell pepper to 1/4 cup, and add a minced clove of garlic for the last minute of vegetables saute. A can of S&W Cuban Recipe Black Beans would be an excellent choice for canned beans (do not drain, use gravy too). This should take care of the bland complaint.

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spin August 11, 2012

I cooked plain white rice separately. I know that's breaking tradition, but I prefer it that way. Anyway, these tasted very good. I lightly cooked white onion in a little of the bacon fat. Added the bell the last minute of cooking just enough to brighten the color. Then the onion and bell were added to a bowl with the remaining ingredients; garnished with cilantro on top. It went well with the white rice and fried plantains. Thanks, Bergy!

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COOKGIRl May 19, 2010

This is exactly like what I had every day when I was in Costa Rica; I've been looking for the recipe for months and this is the best I've come across, very tasty, very nice :) Thanks for bringing back the memories, I'm going to make this all the time!

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Chef Kirsten (#1!) January 29, 2009

I use ground coriander - the spice - and it works out great. Sour cream is a MUST as a garnish, and we just use bacon bits (from the jar) as a garnish too. This is an easy-to-make dish!

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Lalena September 26, 2004
Costa Rican Gallo Pinto ( Black Beans & Rice)