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  • Writer's pictureSojourn Wallace

Eat like a real Nicaraguan

At our My Skate Pro roller skating retreats in beautiful Nicaragua, we immerse our guests in the local culture, including the delicious flavors of Nicaraguan cuisine. One of the highlights is our traditional Gallo Pinto, a dish that perfectly captures the essence of this vibrant country. Enjoy a hearty breakfast of Gallo Pinto, made from a delightful blend of rice and beans, sautéed with fresh onions, bell peppers, and garlic, all while surrounded by the stunning landscapes of San Juan del Sur. Paired with scrambled eggs, cheese, fried plantains, and a side of sour cream, it’s the perfect fuel for a day of roller skating, surfing, and exploring. Join us at My Skate Pro and experience the authentic taste of Nicaragua, along with unforgettable adventures and a sense of community that will stay with you long after you leave. Book your roller skating retreat in San Juan del Sur today and discover why Gallo Pinto and My Skate Pro create the best skate retreat experience in Nicaragua!

"Traditional Nicaraguan Gallo Pinto: a hearty dish of rice and beans sautéed with onions, bell peppers, and garlic, garnished with fresh cilantro and served with scrambled eggs, cheese, fried plantains, and sour cream, perfect for a flavorful and satisfying meal."
Gallo Pinto

Gallo Pinto Recipe


  • 1 cup red or black beans (cooked, with cooking liquid reserved)

  • 2 cups cooked white rice (preferably a day old)

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (optional)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (optional for garnish)


  1. Prepare the Beans:

  • If using dried beans, soak them overnight and then cook until tender. Reserve some of the cooking liquid. If using canned beans, drain and rinse them, but keep some liquid.

  1. Cook the Vegetables:

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

  • Add the chopped onion, red bell pepper, and garlic. Sauté until the vegetables are soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.

  1. Combine Beans and Rice:

  • Add the cooked beans to the skillet, along with a few tablespoons of their cooking liquid. Stir to combine.

  • Add the cooked rice to the skillet. Mix well to ensure the rice and beans are evenly distributed.

  • Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is heated through and slightly crispy on the bottom, about 10 minutes.

  1. Season and Serve:

  • Season with salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce if using. Stir well to combine.

  • Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired.

Serving Suggestions: Gallo Pinto is often served with scrambled eggs, cheese, fried plantains, and a side of sour cream or crema. It’s a versatile dish that pairs well with many different accompaniments.

Enjoy your taste of Nicaragua!

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