Colombian Recipes

Colombia is a country of lush beauty. Along the Caribbean coast, the city of Cartagena is defined by gorgeous Spanish architecture and delicious seafood. Moving inland, you find limitless fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Colombian Arepas

Rating: 4.67 stars
This is a quick and easy recipe to make delicious Colombian arepas. They are usually served for breakfast, as a side dish, or even for a quick meal.

Colombian Lentils

Rating: 4.62 stars
This is a great starter. You can make it with a bit more water and you get somewhat of a soup, or let it cook and eat it with a plate of rice.

Arepas de Queso

These arepas have a crispy crust while the cheese inside stays melty and gives you that cheese-pull that everyone knows and loves.

Colombian Aji

Rating: 4.58 stars
For any Colombian food you serve, always have some aji on the table. Hot, spicy, fresh, and flavorful.

Colombian Stewed Flank

Rating: 4.35 stars
This wonderful dish has so much flavor. It reminds me of the great flavors of Colombian cooking. Slow-cooked, simmered steak makes this dish so tender and juicy! If you desire some heat, like I do, add a jalapeno pepper. You can also substitute beer for half the water for another variation on the flavor. Serve over rice or with tortillas.

Vegetarian Sancocho

Rating: 5 stars
Here's my vegetarian spin on the traditional Colombian stew -- just as delicious without the chicken!

Patacones de Colombia (Fried Plantains)

Rating: 5 stars
These are fried plantains that have been smashed and fried a second time. It is essential you use very ripe plantains. This recipe is straight from my Colombian mother-in-law. Enjoy!

Cream Cheese Arepas

Rating: 4.67 stars
Using milk instead of water in the arepas will make them a little richer, a little denser, and, that's right - delicious! Split and serve with a pat of butter and a drizzle of honey, or make a breakfast sandwich with a drizzle of maple syrup, a slice of cheese and cooked ham, and a fried egg.

Rabbit Stew with Coconut Cream

Rating: 4.56 stars
This is an old recipe that comes from Colombia. My family loves when I cook this. Rabbit meat is very low in fat and can be dry-tasting, so it marries well with coconut cream. It is best to cook the rabbit gently till it is falling off the bone. Serve with rice.

Colombian Turmada Potatoes (Papa Turmada)

Rating: 4.2 stars
This baked potato casserole is a typical dish from the northeastern Colombian state 'Norte de Santander.' The ingredients can be easily found which makes it easy for people outside of Colombia to enjoy this easy to make dish.

Colombian Chicken

Rating: 3.94 stars
Yummy, tender chicken with a Colombian touch!


Rating: 4.2 stars
This is a typical dish from Colombia, South America. A chicken stew made with plantain and cassava that is served with a fresh tomato and onion sauce.

Inspiration and Ideas

Aji (Colombian Salsa)
Rating: Unrated
"There seem to be several variations of this—some saucy, some chunky—but my mom is from Barranquilla, Colombia and this is how she makes it." – Jesse Clark
Patacones de Colombia (Fried Plantains)
Rating: Unrated
"I sprinkled my plantains with sugar and cinnamon; I know it's supposed to be a savory dish not a sweet one, but that's how I like them. I loved them." – Yoly

Aunt Dora's Colombian Chicken with Potatoes

Rating: 4.57 stars

I learned this recipe when visiting my Colombian family members in Houston, Texas. The sauce that the chicken cooks in is chock full of flavor. Cumin, curry, black pepper, turmeric, pimenton (paprika), and seasoning salt make the chicken's sauce tasty enough to lick your plate! Serve with rice.