Saturday, June 05, 2010

Gallo Pinto - Yowie it's Good

I was sending this recipe to a friend so I figured I'd use my powers of cut and paste to post about it as well:
Gallo Pinto
2 cans (16 oz) Black Beans
3 cups cooked rice
1-2 onions
2 cloves garlic
5-6 tbsp olive oil
any ham, pork, or chicken you want to use
Cayenne powder

Medium high heat. Begin by sautéing the chopped onion, until it starts to get translucent, then add the crushed garlic and give it a minute or so. Reduce heat to medium. Add any meat.

Add the already cooked rice and give it a couple of minutes to soak up the flavors. Then add the two cans of black beans along with all their liquid. Cook, covered or not, for five to ten minutes, adding water or chicken stock to keep it from getting pasty-dry. Add cayenne and salt to taste.

Really, you can get by with just black beans, olive oil, and rice. And depending on how you're feeling about the family at the moment, add whatever ingredients you think are justified. If they've been good you can add chopped green or red peppers, cilantro (yetch), and pork you've pickled in advance. If they've been bad you can go with, "there's some rice in the refrigerator, get it yourself."

Oh, also:
I always have a ton of cooked rice so I don't know for sure how much rice I use. Start with 2 cups and judge the rice/bean ratio as you go.
Lizzie's Oh So Garlic is a great substitution for crushed garlic. Shake until your arm gets tired.