Colombian Food and Drink

In this article, you will learn everything about food and drinks in Colomnia.

You will discover what are the best dishes, drinks, desserts, as well as tips for eating in restaurants and locally

So if you plan to travel to Colombia, you will love this new guide.

Let’s dive in

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Colombian Food & Dishes

An overview of five local culinary specialties that will not only satisfy you, but will also plunge you into the heart of authentic Colombia

Colombian Food n°1 : Ajiaco

A culinary specialty from Bogota, ajiaco is a soup made from several varieties of potatoes, chicken and corn.

There are as many recipes as there are regions.

An Andean dish par excellence since all the products that make it up are grown locally, this generous soup, with thick cream, capers and avocados before being eaten, is rich enough to be considered a complete dish in its own right.

You will appreciate it after a trek in the region or on a cool Bogotanese night.

Colombian Food n°2 : La bandeja paisa

One of the most famous dishes in the country, bandeja paisa is, as its name suggests, from the Paisa region.

The history of this dish goes back to the origins of the Antioquia region in the Andes.

The peasants of the region used to consume this hearty dish, which gave them the energy they needed to get through a whole day of hard work in the fields.

Today it is considered a “national dish” and it will be hard to miss it on your trip to Colombia.

It traditionally contains 14 ingredients: red beans, white rice, ground beef, hogao sauce, chicharron, chorizo, black pudding, fried egg, plantain patties, avocados, tomatoes, arepa, mazamorra and refai.

Colombian Food n°3 : The tamales

Made from corn flour dough and as varied as our famous sandwiches, tamales are Native American “papillotes”.

Stuffed with meat, fish, cheese or prepared vegetables, they are steamed in large sheets of dried corn, banana or avocado leaves.

Sweet beaks? You will find many sweet variations and can eat them at any time of the day or night.

You won’t be able to miss them, they can be found on every market stall! Stop and taste them from all regions, preferably hot!

Colombian Food n°4 : The arepas

Very popular in Colombia and Venezuela, the arepa is a round bun made of corn flour.

Eaten plain or garnished with meat, beans, cheese or eggs, they are eaten for breakfast as well as as “bread” to accompany a complete dish.

Comparable to the famous French baguette, they can be found on every street corner and each region has its own variation.

Try these little delights with your eyes closed!

Colombian Food n°5 : Empanadas

Famous throughout South America, empanadas are among the culinary specialties that are a must on a trip to Colombia.

Unlike other Latin American countries that tend to make them with wheat flour and bake them in the oven, Colombian empanadas are made from corn flour and fried in oil.

Garnished with potatoes, minced meat or hogao sauce, they can be eaten as a snack, aperitif or starter! Season them with pepper and coriander, add lemon and dip them in a hot sauce for the most explosive taste experience of your trip to Colombia!

 

Conclusion
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Do you have any questions about Colombian Food ?

Or maybe I didn’t mention one of your favorite Colombian dish ?

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Colombian Food and Drink

In this article, you will learn everything about food and drinks in Colomnia.

You will discover what are the best dishes, drinks, desserts, as well as tips for eating in restaurants and locally

So if you plan to travel to Colombia, you will love this new guide.

Let’s dive in

Colombian Food & Dishes

An overview of five local culinary specialties that will not only satisfy you, but will also plunge you into the heart of authentic Colombia

Colombian Food n°1 : Ajiaco

A culinary specialty from Bogota, ajiaco is a soup made from several varieties of potatoes, chicken and corn.

There are as many recipes as there are regions.

An Andean dish par excellence since all the products that make it up are grown locally, this generous soup, with thick cream, capers and avocados before being eaten, is rich enough to be considered a complete dish in its own right.

You will appreciate it after a trek in the region or on a cool Bogotanese night.

colombian food gastronomy
Colombian Food : Ajiaco

Colombian Food n°2 : La bandeja paisa

One of the most famous dishes in the country, bandeja paisa is, as its name suggests, from the Paisa region.

The history of this dish goes back to the origins of the Antioquia region in the Andes.

The peasants of the region used to consume this hearty dish, which gave them the energy they needed to get through a whole day of hard work in the fields.

Today it is considered a “national dish” and it will be hard to miss it on your trip to Colombia.

It traditionally contains 14 ingredients: red beans, white rice, ground beef, hogao sauce, chicharron, chorizo, black pudding, fried egg, plantain patties, avocados, tomatoes, arepa, mazamorra and refai.

Colombian Food n°3 : The tamales

Made from corn flour dough and as varied as our famous sandwiches, tamales are Native American “papillotes”.

Stuffed with meat, fish, cheese or prepared vegetables, they are steamed in large sheets of dried corn, banana or avocado leaves.

Sweet beaks? You will find many sweet variations and can eat them at any time of the day or night.

You won’t be able to miss them, they can be found on every market stall! Stop and taste them from all regions, preferably hot!

Colombian Food n°4 : The arepas

Very popular in Colombia and Venezuela, the arepa is a round bun made of corn flour.

Eaten plain or garnished with meat, beans, cheese or eggs, they are eaten for breakfast as well as as “bread” to accompany a complete dish.

Comparable to the famous French baguette, they can be found on every street corner and each region has its own variation.

Try these little delights with your eyes closed!

Colombian Food n°5 : Empanadas

Famous throughout South America, empanadas are among the culinary specialties that are a must on a trip to Colombia.

Unlike other Latin American countries that tend to make them with wheat flour and bake them in the oven, Colombian empanadas are made from corn flour and fried in oil.

Garnished with potatoes, minced meat or hogao sauce, they can be eaten as a snack, aperitif or starter! Season them with pepper and coriander, add lemon and dip them in a hot sauce for the most explosive taste experience of your trip to Colombia!

 

Sancocho

Patacon

Yuca Frita

Arroz con Coco

Mojara Frita

Trucha en Patacón

Buñuelos

Almohabanas

Mazorca

Ceviche

Soups

 

Breakfast

Huevos Pericos

Pancakes

 

 Street Food

Deditos de Queso

Petos

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Rhum

Aguardiente

Chirinchi

Aguila

Club

 

Juices

Limonada de Coco

Batido de con Leche

Zapote

Guanabana

Agua Panela

Maracuya

Tomate de Arbol

Mango

 

Tinto

Aromaticas

Chocolates

 

Conclusion Now Your Turn

Now I’d like to hear what you have to say:

Do you have any questions about Colombian Food ?

Or maybe I didn’t mention one of your favorite Colombian dish ?

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

Ajiaco santafereño

It is an extremely delicious soup with chicken, potatoes of different varieties, corn and guasca (a spice).

In many restaurants cream of milk and capers are added, but the client can order it without these ingredients.

Then this dish is accompanied by avocado.

typical colobian dishes sancocho

Sancocho

It is a soup of broth elaborated with chicken, potato, yucca (type of tuber), banana. It is a quite rich soup and very typical in all Colombia.

the colombian tamale in bogota

Tamale

This typical Colombian dish is usually eaten for breakfast on festive Sundays with chocolate a la taza, however, travelers who are not used to eating so much for breakfast can order it for lunch.

This dish is actually typical of Tolima, but in Bogotá you can find restaurants that make very good tamales.

The tamale is made with a paste of rice with meat or chicken, chickpeas, carrots and condiments and everything is put to cook the steam wrapped in some banana leaves.

This is really a delicious dish.

 

Lechona

It is another typical dish of the Tolima region, but one that is very easy to find throughout Bogota.

It consists of a suckling pig (small pork), empty and filled with pork, rice and beef or chicken.

It is a pretty good dish and impressive to watch.

Bandeja Paisa

This is a dish for those who like to eat a lot. This tray contains: beans, eggs, all kinds of meat (chorizo, chicharrón, cow…), rice and banana.

Street Food

Empanada

In all of Bogotá it is easy to find people selling empanadas of all types that are quite rich most are made with rice, meat and vegetables.

Pastel de pollo

ball-shaped chicken fritters

Juices

Colombia is a country with a great variety of fruits so it has become very typical to drink juices both on the street and in bars and during meals. 

You can find delicious juices made with water or milk as well as fruit salads with ice cream. 

In Bogota you will see that in the fruit salads they mix them cream of milk and cheese, if the traveler likes this mixture they have to warn the waiters that they want it without cheese or milk.

Arepas

This product is typically Colombian, but according to the region they do it in one way or another. The arepas are like a paste of corn flour cooked to the frying pan that they serve as accompaniment of the plates (it would be like our bread). You can find it also made with cheese and of different sizes.

Chocolate cup with cheese

In Bogota it is typical to eat chocolate cup but it is much clearer than what is eaten in Europe and it is usually made with water and not milk.

But it is important to know that within the cup it is usual to put cheese, if you want it without cheese it is always better to warn

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