Some of you might know Jamie Oliver from his cooking show where he destroys a kitchen in a matter of minutes while preparing simple recipes in a very Tica-like manner. Others may remember him as the funny talking dude in the YouTube video that exposed McDonalds for putting that delicious pink slime in their McNuggets.
No more Pink Slime these days even if you offer to pay extra.

Well recently Mr. Oliver decided to take on one of international cuisines most challenging dishes, the world famous Gallo Pinto. Things were going well for Jamie too until he neglected to follow an unspoken rule which many of us learned a long time ago (some of us the hard way) and that is never contradict a Tico’s grandma. In this case with the offensive Brit committing the reprehensible act of leaving Salsa Lizano out of his version of their Abuela’s Gallo Pinto recipe.

He may have left it off because it isn’t available in the UK which is where his show is filmed and probably the most logical reason. Or he also may have left it off because it’s basically just Sugar, Molasses and Preservatives and most likely really really bad for you. But regardless of the reason he left it off I’m sure now he’s wishing he would have included it after reading some of the comments posted on his Facebook page by ticked off Ticos.


Some people were less offended than others, some even offering alternatives.

Some were so angered they couldn’t even formulate the words to express their feelings and opted to post a picture instead.


Even the Europeans were upset with Oliver’s shameless cultural appropriation.


We aren’t quite sure what “Cocking” is, but now we know it’s an expression.

No Guardian? What if someone tries to steal the the receipts?

At least one person on Facebook had Jamie’s back.

Well maybe it’s due to the lack of trashcan’s on Jamie’s page did you ever think of that? Besides, what do you mean “You People?”


If you would like to impress your Tico loved one’s by ruining Gallo Pinto the Jamie Oliver Way we posted most of the recipe below.


  • No F***ing Lizano (not in this recipe mate)
  • 175 g brown rice
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 x 400 g tin of black beans
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 225 g ripe tomatoes, on the vine
  • ½ a bunch of fresh coriander
  • 2 limes
  • 4 spring onions
  • 6 large free-range eggs



 Cook the rice according to the packet instructions. Once al dente, remove from the heat, drain and rinse under cold water, then set aside.

Peel and finely chop the garlic, then drain the beans.

Place a large frying pan over a medium heat, add the cumin seeds and toast for 1 minute.

Add 1 tablespoon of oil, the garlic and ground coriander, and fry for 1 minute, then stir in the drained beans. Fry for 5 minutes, or until the beans start to crisp, stirring occasionally.

The rest of this Gallo Pinto recipe can be found on Jamie’s Website

"Any of you blokes speak Costarican?"
“Any of you blokes speak Costarican?”





  1. […] #5 Gallo Pinto – Gallo Pinto (spotted rooster)is the national dish of Costa Rica. Though many variations exist, the dish at its most basic is composed of pre-cooked rice and beans, mixed together with spices such as cilantro, onion and peppers. When the beans and rice are combined, the rice gets colored by the beans, and the mix results in a multi-colored, or speckled appearance. While most Ticos prefer to prepare it with black beans, the dish has several variations and some may opt to use red beans. Although considered a heavy breakfast by some Gringo standards a big plate of pinto is a delicious dish when prepared correctly and not near as coma inducing at biscuits and gravy. Recently Jamie Oliver’s Gallo Pinto recipe came under fire for failing to include Salsa Lizano. […]

  2. Costa Rica has NO cuisine. It’s the lamest latin food ever. It can’t touch Cuban, Peruvian, Puerto Rican or Colombian food. Even Dominican food is better!

  3. I am tico and I agree. Cuisine in Costa Rica is not the best in the world. But there’s a history behind that. Up until Costa Rica started exporting coffee back in the XIX century, Costa Rica was Spain’s poorest colony and the diet reflects that.