Costa Rican cuisine is known for being flavorful, yet fairly
mild, with high reliance on fresh
black beans are a staple of most
traditional Costa Rican meals, often served three times a day; gallo pinto, a breakfast dish of rice and beans mixed together with onions and bell peppers,
is often considered the Costa Rican national dish.
For lunch, the traditional meal is called a
casado. It again consists of rice and beans served side by
side instead of mixed. There will usually be some type
of meat (carne asada, fish, pork chop, or chicken) and a salad to round out the dish.