Antioqueño Rice (Arroz Antioqueño)

by Erica Dinho on September 1, 2009

Arroz AntioquenoThis is a delicious rice dish from my hometown of Antioquia that includes all of the traditional ingredients from that region of the country… beans, chorizo, corn, avocado and plantains.

If you don’t live in the country where you were born and raised, one of the things that can really bring you back home are the smells of your favorite foods and this is one of those recipes that I cook and just have to think about Colombia.



(4-6 servings)

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 ½ chicken stock
  • ¼ cup chopped white onions
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 chorizos, sliced
  • ¼ pound bacon, cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can pinto beans, drained and washed
  • 1 sweet plantain, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Avocados for serving
  • Salt and pepper


  1. In a medium pot over medium heat, add the olive oil, chorizo and bacon. Cook for about 5 -7 minutes or until the bacon and chorizo are well browned.
  2. Remove the chorizo and bacon from the pot using a slotted spoon and place them on a plate to cool.
  3. Add the onions, tomato, scallion, red pepper and garlic to the pot where you cooked the meats. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
  4. Add the rice and stir for 2 minutes, then add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, add the salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile in a small skillet, heat the butter and add the plantains. Cook for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  6. Add the corn, beans, chorizo and bacon to the rice. Stir, cover and cook for 10 minutes more. Add the cilantro and plantain then mix well and serve with avocado on top.
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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ben September 1, 2009 at 8:22 AM

I agree that food and its smell is the best way to remember your home country. That rice would really bring back memories, and is making me want to visit Colombia even more :D


2 BAKING is my ZeN September 1, 2009 at 9:05 AM

All these ingredients together produce a comfort food like no other. Yum!


3 Taste Traveller September 1, 2009 at 9:15 AM

It’s true – food is great when you’re even the slightest bit homesick. And I love that you can share this part of home with new friends wherever you are.


4 Sophie September 1, 2009 at 9:23 AM

MMMMMMM,…this tast dish looks so marvellous!

I adore all of its flavours!!


5 girlichef September 1, 2009 at 9:53 AM

This is an absolutely delicious dish!! I agree…nothing takes you home like food! Or brings you closer to somewhere new, either :D


6 Danielle September 1, 2009 at 12:34 PM

looks really good and i’m bummed that I can’t find that kind of chorizo (i looked for it not that long ago). All I kind find around here is the mexican chorizo, which is soft and mushy and doesn’t slice…it crumbles.


7 Velva September 1, 2009 at 8:14 PM

You are absolutely right! The familiar smells of your hometown food never leave you. In new places, you discover new comforting smells too.
As always, your dish looks fabulous. I love chorizo and will use it whenever possible.


8 Erica September 1, 2009 at 8:33 PM

Thank you all very much for the comments and for visiting my blog :)


9 rebecca subbiah September 1, 2009 at 9:36 PM

this looks really good a complete meal, and so filling I need to try more of your recipes, love em


10 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie September 2, 2009 at 7:03 AM

I am loving the combination of the ingredients in this rice dish – beans, chorizo, corn, avocado and plantains – delicious!


11 Felisha September 2, 2009 at 10:57 AM

I have not seen this colombian recipe yet! Will have to try. :) I wish they made low fat chorizo here hahaha!! I guess that would defeat the purpose huh? lol


12 Oysterculture September 2, 2009 at 2:09 PM

What is not to love about this dish, it has everything. Ah, when I get back, I sense a lot of Columbian cooking coming on, may have to do a blog or two on it. Could you help?


13 Erica September 2, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Hi LouAnn,

Sure, Let me know!


14 Felisha September 3, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Ok so I totally cheated on this one :) I did make it–only I used turkey bacon, and turkey smoked sausage. I have to b/c my husband has high blood pressure and cholesterol and we are altering the way we cook! For the chicken stock I used the Goya packets, chicken and tomato bouillon, and instead of salt and pepper I sprinkled a little Goya with pepper in with the tomato mixture. I didn’t have any ripe plantains on hand, so next time I’ll have to use them–I’m sure it completes the dish! I also didn’t put any bell peppers in it, just because I don’t care too much for them. It turned out wonderful! :)


15 Erica September 3, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Hi Felisha,
That variation sounds great! Thank you for sharing.


16 Maria September 4, 2009 at 12:05 PM

I love my Colombian food! All this recepies are so good. I will try to make some.God bless Colombia, lo mejor.


17 Gina September 6, 2009 at 8:39 PM

YUM! That rice looks soooo good!


18 Erica September 9, 2009 at 9:19 AM

Thank you, I appreciate all your comments!!!!


19 David Reed September 9, 2009 at 6:48 PM

Me encanta mucho. Cooked this for my whitebread family in Vermont; it was a great hit. 5 STARS.


20 Erica September 9, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Hi David,
Thank you for your feedback!!!


21 Pilar October 23, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Hi Erica! I live in Barranquilla, Colombia and enjoy your website very much. Another Colombian addition could be sauteeing the chorizo and bacon in some annato oil (aceite achiotado) or add some “Color” (ground annato seeds). The vegetables should be sauteed in the colored oil as well. Just an idea…
Otra sugerencia colombiana seria sofreir las carnes y verduras en aceite achiotado o con Color para darle ese amarillito de fondo tipico de nuestros arroces compuestos. Saludos.


22 Erica October 23, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Hi Pilar,
Thank you so much for your comment!That is a great idea.


23 Marcus Oriol May 16, 2010 at 6:27 AM

Awesome recipe, I will have to cook this sometime!


24 Luz Adriana October 15, 2010 at 12:37 AM

I will cook this recipe un dia de estos, is my dream food, the colombian food.


25 Kelsey November 25, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Hello Erica! I just made this recipe, and I was wondering is the rice supposed to be sticky?


26 Erica Dinho November 25, 2013 at 9:03 PM



27 Jasmine November 6, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Ever since last year I have been making this recipe. I have a Colombian husband and he has Colombian friends and they are all impressed that a “gringa” makes this rice. I really appreciate your blog and this recipe is a total hit. I have been asked to make it for Thanksgiving 2014. Thanks again for helping make our holidays special.


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