The Costa Rican cuisine is simple and chefs normally shun spices. Comida Tipica, or native dishes greatly rely on rice and beans which is the basis of many Costa Rican meals. The “Home-style” type of cooking predominates the cuisine of Costa Rica. The meals are generally wholesome. Gallo Pinto, which is the national dish in the cuisine of Costa Rica, is made out of fried rice and black beans. Many of the meals in the cuisine of Costa Rica are derivatives, including arroz con pollo (rice and chicken) or arroz con tuna. Commonly at lunch Gallo Pinto is the main dish. This is made with rice and beans supplemented with cabbage and tomato salad, fried plantains and meat. It is noted that vegetables do not form an integral part of the Cost Rican diet, therefore there would be hardly ant dishes on vegetables in the cuisine of Costa Rica. Food staples include carne (beef, sometimes called bistek), pollo (chicken), and pescado (fish) in the cuisine of Costa Rica.
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