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Gallo pinto (Nicaraguan fried rice & beans)

This dish brings me back all the way to my days in Nicaragua, where I volunteered for three months in 2018.

Gallo Pinto is Nicaraguan staple and national dish, and despite its misleading name, there is no chicken in it: just stir-fried beans with rice.


1 white onion

300g kidney beans

200g long-grain rice

Vegetable oil for cooking

Salt to taste


Steam or boil the rice and set aside.

Finely dice the onion and stir-fry it in a pan with a splash of oil, add the cooked beans and keep stir-frying for a few more minutes.

Combine with the cooked rice and stir all together, adding a bit more oil for a crispy texture. Serve with fresh parsley leaves and chili flakes if you like.

¡Buen provecho!

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