Gallo Pinto is a very traditional Costa Rican dish made with rice, beans, and vegetables. It is commonly eaten as a side with breakfast but can be eaten with any meal.
Red Bell Pepper
or chile dulce in Costa Rica, diced
or olive oil
Bean Water or Cooking Liquid
if using canned beans, use some of the water from the can
or red beans, cooked and drained
chopped, equal to one bunch here, as they are smaller than in the US
Heat the butter or oil in a pot or large saucepan over medium heat. Add the pepper, onion, and garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Stirring often.
Add the liquid from the beans, the Salsa Lizano (or Worcestershire), and cumin and stir. Turn heat up to medium-high and bring to a boil.
Add beans and stir. Then add rice and stir. Let that cook for another 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro. Add salt to taste and serve, or refrigerate and save for later.