Gallo pinto

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Gallo pinto
Costa Rican Gallo Pinto.jpg
Gallo pinto, served at breakfast with egg, cheese and a tortilla
Alternative names Casamiento, casado (El Salvador, Honduras, parts of Nicaragua, and Guatemala), pispiote (Mexico)
Course Breakfast and Dinner
Place of origin Nicaragua and Costa Rica
Region or state Central America
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Rice and beans
Variations Different kinds of meat or fish possible
Food energy
(per serving)
4000 kcal (16747 kJ)
Cookbook: Gallo pinto  Media: Gallo pinto

Gallo pinto or gallopinto is a traditional dish of Costa Rica and Nicaragua made with rice and black beans. Beans are quickly cooked until the juice is almost consumed.

The history of gallo pinto is found in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, where the dish originated.[1][2][3] One theory suggests that gallo pinto was brought into Latin America by African slaves that migrated into Latin America .[4]


Gallo pinto means "spotted rooster" in Spanish. The name is said to originate in the multi-colored or speckled appearance that results from cooking the rice together with black or red beans.


There are other variations of this dish. Similar dishes are known as Moros y Cristianos ("Moors and Christians") in Spain and Cuba, or just Moro. A similar dish can be found in Panama, Honduras, and in El Salvador, where it is called casados or casamiento. In the caribbean north coast of Honduras the dish is prepared using coconut milk, coriander and sometimes adding deep fried pork belly fat or Chicharrones and it is called "Rice and Beans" even in Spanish, since it was introduced to the Honduran cuisine in the northern islands of the country where the population speaks mostly English.

Variations of gallo pinto are popular in many countries close to the Caribbean.[citation needed]. Variations include using pigeon peas, kidney beans, or black beans in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico along with coconut milk in Puerto Rico and arroz mamposteao is another similar dish in Puerto Rico. Similar dishes exist in Colombia (calentado paisa) and even Peru (tacu tacu).[citation needed]

Recently, empanadas filled with gallo pinto have become a popular alternative for people who have little time to eat breakfast.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nicaragua Actual -- El Gallo Pinto" (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "CBN -- 'De quien es el gallo pinto?'" (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 February 2012.  (the first three minutes of the video are about gallo pinto)
  3. ^ "Dennis Meléndez H. -- El gallo pinto..." (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ambassade Costa Rica -- Gastronomía costarricense" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012.