By Bergy on June 12, 2002
"This is one good rice & beans recipe - if you wish you can use kidney or other beans, still good"
Serving Size: 1 (164 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
"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."
"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:)"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"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! "