How to Cook Costa Rican Inspired Rice and Beans

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I have become a pro at whipping up the local fare of rice & beans with chicken!

Here are my recipes:

Beans with Costa Rica Flavor

900 gram bag of either red or black dry beans

4-6 whole garlic cloves, peeled

2 bay leaves (I have made it without before, but the bay leaves add the BEST flavor)

1 small yellow onion, diced


Wash your beans thoroughly and remove any broken beans you can see (I am usually too lazy to remove the broken beans… I’m also too lazy to soak them overnight and prefer to just put them on the stove to cook all day), put the washed beans in a large pot (I don’t have a slow cooker or pressure cooker, I use a 12 quart stock pot). Add the aromatics (peeled garlic cloves, diced onion, bay leaves) and lastly add your water, add enough water to cover the beans and then some (I add a lot of water, we like our beans a bit soupy, I actually add water 3-4 times throughout the cooking process because the water boils out). Bring everything to a boil and stir occasionally, reduce heat to medium-low and cover. I then let is simmer on a low boil for 4-6 hours or until the beans are tender. When the beans are softer, but not quite ready, I add the salt… usually a teaspoon or a little more (I’m not big on salt, so add to your liking).


1 teaspoon oil

1 cup of white long grain rice

2 cups of water

salt to taste

I start by heating a small sauce pan with a little oil (olive oil is expensive here, so I use vegetable oil… I know… not the best for you), once my oils has the sizzle sound I add the rice and start to stir immediately so it doesn’t burn. I coat the rice in oil and let it get a little toasty and then immediately add the water and salt to taste. Bring the water to a boil, give it a good stir and then reduce the heat to low and cover for about 10-15 minutes or until the water is gone. This ensures your rise is not crunchy, but also not too soft.

Freiser likes his rice, beans and chicken all separate, I prefer mine in bowl all mixed together… reminds me of my own little Chipotle bowl! Feel free to add fresh pico and sliced avocado!


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