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Latin Stir Fry with Gallo Pinto

Happy Weekend, Pint Jockeys! You’ve made it to the end of another week and we applaud you for that. Have you set your weekend plans yet? Figured out how you’re going to say “Thanks Dad” on Sunday? (Yep, Father’s Day is this weekend. You’re welcome for the reminder.) If the answer to either question is “no,” then you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re sharing a few Costa Rican recipes with you that any dad will love just as much as he’ll appreciate you bringing over some ice cold 12oz cans of our June BOTM, Costa Rican Imperial

In honor of this special day, we thought we’d switch things up a bit and depart from our usual fare of grilled goodness. So today we present to you not one but two recipes sure to transport Dad to a Costa Rican paradise and make him wonder if you’re moonlighting as “Chef  Miguel” on the weekends. We’ll start with a Latin Stir Fry from TastyKitchen.com, which we’ll throw on top of a Costa Rican favorite, Gallo Pinto (Costa Rican Rice and Beans) found on Food.com.

The best part about these two recipes, beside all the fresh ingredients? They’re easy enough to whip up before you sit down to watch a little fútbol (known as “soccer” to us Americans). There are some great matches on Sunday, including one between our very own Houston Dynamo against FC Dallas.

So grab a pen; here’s what you’ll need:

For the Gallo Pinto:

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 cups cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 -3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • fresh cilantro (optional)
  • sliced green onion (optional)

For the Latin Stir Fry:

  • 1 whole bell pepper
  • 1 whole jalapeño
  • ½ whole onion, white or yellow
  • 2 whole chicken breasts

To prepare the Gallo Pinto:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and sauté until it just begins to soften and turns color.
  3. Add garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until onion is golden.
  4. Add spices and Worcestershire, and stir into onion and garlic.
  5. Next, add the beans and then the rice.
  6. Combine the rice and beans evenly and cook until mixture is heated through.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.

To prepare the Latin Stir Fry:

  1. Remove the white membranes and seeds from your peppers.
  2. Chop your veggies into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Grill vegetables on medium-high heat or on a grill, until you reach desired char-ness. (15-20 minutes is about where I stop.)
  4. Season chicken as desired, then cook/grill until the meat turns white. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
  5. Serve over Gallo Pinto and enjoy!

Gallo Pinto photo courtesy of Food.com user jerrys200345.

Latin Stir Fry photo courtesy of TastyKitchen.com

Don’t be timid when it comes to adding all that Worchester sauce to your Gallo Pinto. We know it’s a lot, but we say BE BOLD when it comes to trying this dish!

Dad will thank you for thinking of something different and you’ll be happy you have something with a little kick to go with your ice-cold Imperial. As they say: When in Costa Rica, do as the Costa Ricans do.Have a great weekend and give Dad a pat on the back; he deserves it!

Cheers!

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Escape the everyday with our BOTM – Imperial!

Hey Pint Jockeys!  Who’s ready for a summer vacation?

We know we are. And since we don’t have the time or resources to skip town for a tropical getaway this year, we decided we’d highlight Imperial as our June Beer of the Month. This delicious Costa Rican import may not be a craft brew, but it comes from a region that knows as much about beer as they do having a good time… which is a lot.

One of the most popular sayings in Costa Rica is “Pura Vida,” meaning “Pure life “ or “Good Life.” And locals don’t take it lightly. In fact, for them, it’s more than a saying; it’s the only way to live. They know how to enjoy life with good food and even better beer. For 80 years, Imperial has been the national beer of choice and it’s equally enjoyable in our Southeast Texas summer climate.

Imperial combines a balance of malt, grains and hops to create an extremely refreshing beer for enjoying beach side, pool side, river side… you see where we’re going with this. And now it’s offered in 12 oz cans, so it’s also welcome in locations where our bottled favorites can’t go.

We’re a bit late filling you in on this one, but you still have two weeks to grab a six pack of Imperial and join the BOTM’s Up club. So get to it and let us know what you think!

Cheers

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