As many people move into their third and fourth week of social distancing, cooking at home has become trendier. For your readers looking to expand their culinary repertoire and to temporarily escape their homes for a more exotic destination, I’ve included a few simple, traditional Costa Rican recipes (along with Tasty-style video tutorials) that will bring “Pura Vida” to every kitchen. ¡Buen provecho!
Gallo Pinto literally translates to “spotted rooster,” and is the name given to Costa Rica’s ubiquitous national dish of rice and beans. Gallo Pinto is traditionally a breakfast dish, typically served with fried or scrambled eggs, but is eaten throughout the day and is one of the country’s most treasured side dishes. Each region of Costa Rica – and each family – has their own variation of Gallo Pinto, so there is no one recipe for the dish. The basics, however, are white rice, black or red beans, peppers, onion, and spices — and a lot of cilantro.