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These 18 Traditional Dishes Prove That Colombia Has The Best Food

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1. Arepas

What is it: Flatten maize grilled over heat that you can be filled or combined with almost anything. Taste: Colombia, this tastes like Colombia. Although many other countries make arepas as well. Conclusion: Heavenly and versatile. Get a recipe here.
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What is it: Flatten maize grilled over heat that you can be filled or combined with almost anything.

Taste: Colombia, this tastes like Colombia. Although many other countries make arepas as well.

Conclusion: Heavenly and versatile.


Get a recipe here.

2. Bandeja Paisa

What is it: The quintessential Colombian dish with origins in the state of Antioquia. It's a platter with a combination of red beans, a fried egg, avocado, fried plantains, chicharron, rice, ground beef, and pork sausage. Food combinations vary greatly, but this is what typically comes in the platter. Taste: A culinary rainbow of Colombia. Conclusion: Skip the diet and just eat it. Get a recipe here.
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What is it: The quintessential Colombian dish with origins in the state of Antioquia. It's a platter with a combination of red beans, a fried egg, avocado, fried plantains, chicharron, rice, ground beef, and pork sausage. Food combinations vary greatly, but this is what typically comes in the platter.

Taste: A culinary rainbow of Colombia.

Conclusion: Skip the diet and just eat it.


Get a recipe here.

3. Ajiaco

What is it: A thick and hearty chicken and potato soup. Taste: Magnificent. Conclusion: It's literally bursting with a ton of amazing flavors. Get a recipe here.
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What is it: A thick and hearty chicken and potato soup.

Taste: Magnificent.

Conclusion: It's literally bursting with a ton of amazing flavors.


Get a recipe here.

4. Aborrajados

What is it: Fried plantains stuffed with cheese. Taste: Truly heavenly. Conclusion: Plantains and cheese — what's not to love?Get a recipe here.
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What is it: Fried plantains stuffed with cheese.

Taste: Truly heavenly.

Conclusion: Plantains and cheese — what's not to love?


Get a recipe here.

5. Sancocho Trifásico

What is it: A delicious three meat soup with with variety of ingredients. Taste: Deeply rich and meaty. Conclusion: It's delightful, absolutely delightful. Get a recipe here.
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What is it: A delicious three meat soup with with variety of ingredients.

Taste: Deeply rich and meaty.

Conclusion: It's delightful, absolutely delightful.


Get a recipe here.

6. Obleas

What is it: A thin waffle-like wafer with arequipe in the middle. Essentially an amazing dessert sandwich. Taste: Delectably sweet and crunchy . Conclusion: Get in my belly!Get a recipe here.
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What is it: A thin waffle-like wafer with arequipe in the middle. Essentially an amazing dessert sandwich.

Taste: Delectably sweet and crunchy .

Conclusion: Get in my belly!


Get a recipe here.

7. Changua

What is it: A hearty breakfast soup with eggs and milk. Taste: The best way to start your day. Conclusion: This makes the most important meal of the day all the more special. Get a recipe here.
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What is it: A hearty breakfast soup with eggs and milk.

Taste: The best way to start your day.

Conclusion: This makes the most important meal of the day all the more special.


Get a recipe here.

8. Pandebono

What is it: Yuca cheese bread. Taste: So good you might end up eating 20 before you know it. Conclusion: You can't have just one.Get a recipe here.
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What is it: Yuca cheese bread.

Taste: So good you might end up eating 20 before you know it.

Conclusion: You can't have just one.


Get a recipe here.

9. Caldo de Costilla

What is it: A soup featuring beef ribs, herbs, and spices. Taste: So nice and so right. Conclusion: Get out and go get some!Get a recipe here.
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What is it: A soup featuring beef ribs, herbs, and spices.

Taste: So nice and so right.

Conclusion: Get out and go get some!


Get a recipe here.

10. Cazuela de Mariscos

What is it: A rich and flavorful seafood stew. Taste: One of the best seafood dishes you've ever had. Conclusion: Add it to your "to eat" list. Get a recipe here.
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What is it: A rich and flavorful seafood stew.

Taste: One of the best seafood dishes you've ever had.

Conclusion: Add it to your "to eat" list.


Get a recipe here.

11. Tajadas de Plátano

What is it: Fried, ripe plantain chips. These also exist in many culinary cultures. Taste: Like home. Conclusion: These go with everything, eat them whenever you can.Get a recipe here.
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What is it: Fried, ripe plantain chips. These also exist in many culinary cultures.

Taste: Like home.

Conclusion: These go with everything, eat them whenever you can.


Get a recipe here.

12. Chocolate con Queso

What is it: Traditional hot chocolate with mozzarella cheese in the cup. Taste: An excellent blend of the sweetness of chocolate, with the soft saltniess of cheese. Conclusion: Great for the cold weather, or any weather really.Get a recipe here.
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What is it: Traditional hot chocolate with mozzarella cheese in the cup.

Taste: An excellent blend of the sweetness of chocolate, with the soft saltniess of cheese.

Conclusion: Great for the cold weather, or any weather really.


Get a recipe here.

13. Sancocho de Gallina

What is it: A chicken soup that's traditionally made with hens. Taste: Hearty and robust. Conclusion: If you like chicken soup you got to try this. Get a recipe here.
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What is it: A chicken soup that's traditionally made with hens.

Taste: Hearty and robust.

Conclusion: If you like chicken soup you got to try this.

Get a recipe here.

14. Patacones / Tostones

What is it: Twice fried green plantains. Shoutout to all the other wonderful food cultures that make these. Taste: The best kind of savory. Conclusion: They go with everything, so just eat them!Get a recipe here.
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What is it: Twice fried green plantains. Shoutout to all the other wonderful food cultures that make these.

Taste: The best kind of savory.

Conclusion: They go with everything, so just eat them!


Get a recipe here.

15. Arroz con Coco

What is it: Coconut rice. Taste: Sweet and lovely. Conclusion: A sweet treat that's easy to make and easy to love. Get a recipe here.
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What is it: Coconut rice.

Taste: Sweet and lovely.

Conclusion: A sweet treat that's easy to make and easy to love.


Get a recipe here.

16. Buñuelos Colombianos

What is it: Starchy bread balls with gooey queso costeño in the middle. Taste: Simply magnificent. Conclusion: You need these in your life, forever and always. Get a recipe here.
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What is it: Starchy bread balls with gooey queso costeño in the middle.

Taste: Simply magnificent.

Conclusion: You need these in your life, forever and always.


Get a recipe here.

17. Empanadas

What is it: Stuff and fried pastries with a variety of fillings. These exist in many countries throughout the world. Taste: Delectable.Conclusion: Empanadas for president!Get a recipe here.
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What is it: Stuff and fried pastries with a variety of fillings. These exist in many countries throughout the world.

Taste: Delectable.

Conclusion: Empanadas for president!


Get a recipe here.

18. Arroz Atollado

What is it: A medley of chicken, rice, pork, potatoes vegetables and spices from the Valle del Cauca region. Taste: Creamy and wonderful.Conclusion: Regional deliciousness perfected. Get a recipe here.
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What is it: A medley of chicken, rice, pork, potatoes vegetables and spices from the Valle del Cauca region.

Taste: Creamy and wonderful.

Conclusion: Regional deliciousness perfected.


Get a recipe here.

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