12 Colombian Appetizers and Snacks You Must Try

by Erica Dinho on January 5, 2014

12 Colombian Appetizers and Snacks You Must Try

When craving Colombian snacks, it can be tempting to rely on your closest Colombian restaurant, but don’t be intimidated by Colombian recipes, it’s very easy to replicate your favorite snacks at home!

Here are 12 Colombian appetizers and snacks that I think you’ll enjoy creating yourself:

1. Empanadas: Colombian Empanadas are a popular snack in Colombia and are served by most Colombian restaurants in the USA.See recipe here.

12 Colombian Appetizers and Snacks You Must Try

2. Pandebono: A traditional Colombian cheese bread.See recipe here.

12 Colombian Appetizers and Snacks You Must Try

3. Papa Rellena: These stuffed potatoes are a popular Colombian food that we eat for breakfast or as a snack.See recipe here.

12 Colombian Appetizers and Snacks You Must Try

4. Plátanos Asados: These cheese and guava stuffed ripe plantains are a delicious snack.See recipe here.

12 Colombian Appetizers and Snacks You Must Try

5. Palitos o Deditos de Queso:These are sticks of white cheese (queso blanco), wrapped with dough and fried until golden. See recipe here.

12 Colombian Appetizers and Snacks You Must Try

6. Pan de Yuca: A traditional Colombian bread made with yuca flour and cheese. It is delicious with a cup of hot chocolate for breakfast or for an afternoon snack with a cup of tea or coffee.See recipe here.

12 Colombian Appetizers and Snacks You Must Try

7. Buñuelos: These are a traditional Colombian Christmas treat, but they are also popular year round for breakfast or a snack with hot chocolate or coffee.See recipe here.

12 Colombian Appetizers and Snacks You Must Try

8. Perro Caliente Colombiano: In Colombia we don’t grill the hotdogs or salchichas, we boil them and the toppings include coleslaw, pineapple sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and potato chips.See recipe here.

12 Colombian Appetizers and Snacks You Must Try

9. Picada: There are different variations of this dish and every cook adds different ingredients to their platter. Some of the most popular ingredients in the Fritanga Colombiana are fried green plantains (patacones), pork belly (chicharrón), small yellow potatoes (papa criolla), chorizo, pork ribs, yuca fries (yuca frita), morcilla and ripe plantains.See recipe here.

12 Colombian Appetizers and Snacks You Must Try

10. Ceviche de Camarones: This Shrimp Ceviche is very popular on the coast of Colombia, but it is also enjoyed elsewhere throughout the country.See recipe here.

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11. Empanaditas de Carne: These small beef turnovers are popular all over Colombia and are served as party appetizers and sold in school cafeterias for kid’s lunches.See recipe here.

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12. Arepa de Chocolo: These sweet corn arepas are absolutely delicious. I would eat them every day if I could.See recipe here.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) January 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM

I’ll take one of those hot dogs please. :) It looks and sounds fantastic. Pinned so I don’t forget about that one.

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2 Juliana January 5, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Oh Erica…everything look delicious…I would love to try them all…thank for the post.
Hope you have a great week ahead :D

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3 Belinda @zomppa January 5, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Oh gee…I want ALL of them!!

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4 Velva January 5, 2014 at 8:29 PM

These snacks are delightful. I have tried my hand at making empanadas and I enjoyed the experience.

Happy New Year Erica!

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5 ela@GrayApron January 6, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Oh mine! They all look wonderful! These Arepas and Plantanos…mhhh.:) ela

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6 Catalina January 6, 2014 at 4:22 PM

I am from Colombia and I can tell you honestly, the food is incredible. Try every single recipe if you can.

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7 Mayito Castillo January 6, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Estas son solo muestras de las exquisitas delicias de nuestra gastronomia Colombiana. Gracias por compartirlas!

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8 Angie@Angie's Recipes January 6, 2014 at 11:01 PM

I WANT every single one, esp. those cheese bread!

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9 Joanne January 7, 2014 at 8:28 AM

It’s like a Colombian recipe cheat sheet! These all look great.

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10 Susana Cardenas January 8, 2014 at 6:29 PM

A lot of fried foods but I will try the shrimp ceviche.

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11 Alan Bowman May 29, 2014 at 12:22 PM

There is nothing wrong with fried foods as long as:
(a) The oil is low in saturated fat
(b) it is really hot when the food is first put into it to quickly seal the outside and thereby reduce the absorption of oil.
(c) the food is thoroughly drained of surplus oil before serving (you should be able to take a piece of the food on your hand, put it down and have only the barest minimum of residual oil on your hand afterwards).

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12 uknown April 20, 2014 at 7:26 PM

tasty

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13 Alan Bowman May 29, 2014 at 12:27 PM

The proper way to prepare “hot-dogs” (Frankfurter sausages) is to heat them in hot water. The bread roll should be crisp on the outside (moisten the outside by very quickly passing it under running water, shake off any excess water, then put into a really hot oven for 7-8 minutes)

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14 Alan Bowman May 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM

What no almojabanas? and you have missed queso campesino (squeaky cheese) and chocolate.

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