Latin America includes all of South and Central America, as well as Mexico; however, since there is so much overlap and influence between Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, those recipes are indexed separately.
Simply cooking rice in coconut milk instead of water adds a whole new dimension of flavor. Since coconut is a tropical fruit, coconut rice is traditional to southern Indian, southeast Asian, and Latin American cuisines.
Gallo pinto, literally “spotted rooster,” is ubiquitous in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. It refers to black beans and rice cooked together, and is served at every meal, surrounded by various side dishes. It’s easy to make and very healthy.