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Top Ten Foods You Must Try in Colombia


Bandeja Paisa
The food of Colombia is a unique blend of indigenous and European traditions with a strong Afro-Caribbean influence. Credit: TitiNicola/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 4.0

Colombia is a country rich in culinary delights, with a diverse range of flavors and ingredients that will tantalize your taste buds.

From hearty stews to mouthwatering street food, Colombian cuisine offers a unique and satisfying culinary experience.

Top ten foods you simply must try when visiting Colombia


Colombian Arepas with cheese
Colombian Arepas with cheese. Credit: Wikipedia/Mitdralla/CC BY-SA 4.0

Considered a national dish, arepas are thick, round cornmeal pancakes that can be enjoyed in various forms. Whether stuffed with cheese, meat, or served plain as a side dish, arepas are a staple in Colombian cuisine. These delicious treats have a crispy exterior and a soft, doughy center that will leave you craving more.

Bandeja Paisa

Prepare your appetite for the hearty Bandeja Paisa, a typical dish from the Paisa region. This massive platter includes red beans, rice, ground beef, fried pork belly, fried egg, plantains, avocado, and arepas. It’s a meal fit for champions and will surely satisfy even the heartiest of appetites.


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raditional Colombian sancocho. Credit: Royjsi/Wikipedia/CC BY 4.0

Sancocho is a comforting and flavorful soup that varies its ingredients across the country. Typically made with chicken, plantains, yuca, potatoes, and other vegetables, this hearty dish is perfect for a chilly evening. The combination of flavors and the richness of the broth make it a beloved dish in Colombian cuisine.


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Delicious Colombian meat empanada. credit: public domain

Colombian empanadas are a must-try street food delicacy. These crispy, deep-fried pastries are usually filled with meat, potatoes, and spices, creating a savory and satisfying snack. You’ll find them in food stalls and on street corners throughout the country, ready to be enjoyed with a side of ají sauce for an extra kick of flavor.


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Colombian ajiaco. Credit: Jeison Rodriguez Sandoval/CC BY-SA 4.0

Ajiaco is a traditional soup originating from Bogota. Made with chicken, three different varieties of potatoes, corn on the cob, capers, and a touch of cream, this thick and hearty soup is bursting with flavor. It’s often served with rice and avocado, adding an extra layer of richness to the dish.


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The lechona is a roasted pig stuffed with a mixture of rice, peas, onions, and spices. Credit: Tamorlan/CC BY-SA 3.0

Lechona is a classic dish from the Tolima region and a staple at festive occasions. It consists of a whole roasted pig stuffed with rice, peas, onions, and spices. The result is tender, flavorful meat with a crispy skin that will leave you wanting seconds.

Cazuela de Mariscos

For seafood lovers, the Cazuela de Mariscos is a seafood platter that shouldn’t be missed. Packed with a variety of fresh seafood such as shrimp, fish, squid, and mussels, this dish is usually served with coconut rice, fried plantains, and a tangy lime-based sauce.


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Chicharron tray. Credit: Luis Ospino/Colombian One

Colombians take pride in their chicharron, which is deep-fried pork belly with crispy skin. It’s often enjoyed as a snack or served as a main dish alongside arepas, yuca, or potatoes. The combination of tender meat and crunchy skin creates a delightful contrast of textures.

Posta Negra

Posta Negra is a mouthwatering beef dish that originated in the Pacific region of Colombia. It consists of slow-cooked beef stewed in a dark, sweet sauce made from panela (unrefined cane sugar), spices, and cola. The result is tender, succulent meat with a unique and tantalizing flavor.


To satisfy your sweet tooth, indulge in pandebono, a traditional Colombian cheese bread made with yuca flour and cheese.

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