Back of Wanna Beat Your Rival? Serve Up a Bigger Vat! Yesterday, over 80 chefs gathered together to make a giant vat of Gallo Pinto. The dish, which is considered to be the national dish of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, is a mix of beans and rice fried together with spices. The reason for the giant vat? Try the first Gallo Pinto National Festival in San José, Costa Rica. To celebrate the event, they created enough gallo pinto — over 4,400 pounds of black beans and 4,000 pounds of rice — to feed 30,000 people. The main reason for the quantity was to defeat Nicaragua's record of serving up 20,000 people the year before! View 5 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Source Comments garezzo 9 years Lo que daria yo por un poquito de gallo pinto en este momento! I am from Costa Rica and living in Germany. I would give away an arm and a leg for a little gallo pinto right now. Finding this comment just made my day! thanks! Community-Manager 9 years YUM! I will give this a try when I am in Costa Rica! :) luv2blazy 9 years This seems like it will produce enough gas to fuel a small country. gabiushka 9 years YUM sonnabobble 9 years i wanna try it?! CoconutPie 9 years I love gallo pinto. When we were in Nicaragua, we had it everyday (and probably at every meal). So simple, but also so tasty. kia 9 years Gallo pinto has a special place in my heart. We made sure to have plenty of the good stuff at hand during our wedding reception.