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An Old Family Favorite: Rice and Beans the Costa Rican Way

Updated: Feb 2

Rice and Beans is a staple dish in many cultures. But it means different things and has completely unique flavors for different people. There are red bean and rice dishes famous in the creole country of Louisiana, Indian bean and rice dishes and thousands of other variations throughout Latin America and beyond.

Our recipe below is reminiscent of time spent in Costa Rica with friends and family that live there. Of course, our recipe is its own variation, but the star ingredient, Salsa Lizano, is what makes this dish truly unique. On the surface, this dish may look like a typical taco salad or rice and beans dish, but it is this one ingredient that really sets it apart.

Salsa Lizano is a sauce that crosses flavors similar to tomatillo salsa and traditional bbq sauce, like Sweet Baby Rays, to create a uniquely savory and mildly tangy taste. This may not be the perfect summarization of the taste, and I hope the description won't dissuade you from trying it. I would love to hear how you would describe it after having tasted it for the first time.

This dish is simple, quick, and easy to prepare. It heats up well and can easily be made in large batches for events and festivities. You could also enjoy this dish wrapped in a tortilla like a burrito or inside a quesadilla. There are many ways to enjoy this meal.

Maybe you're looking for something to liven up your usual menu or an opportunity to make something memorable with the ones you love. Either way, we hope this dish will be a hit with your crew and regular on rotation.

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