Arroz Clavado (Rice with Smoked Sausage and White Cheese)

by Erica Dinho on May 7, 2010

Arroz clavado Colombiano

Each region of Colombia has it own style of food and character dishes. For example, in the department of El Choco, Arroz Clavado is a very popular dish. I thought I would share my recipe for this dish with you.

Buen provecho!



(4-6 servings)

  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 cups diced smoked sausage or longaniza
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup hogao
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon achiote
  • 4 cups water
  • salt
  • 1 cup white cheese or mozarella, diced
  • Fresh cilantro

Queso Blanco


  1. In a large pan over medium heat, add the oil and the sausage. Sauté for 5 minutes or until the sausage is brown. Add the hogao and rice and stir to coat.
  2. Add the water, stir and bring to a boil. Add cumin, salt and color. Reduce the heat, cover and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the rice is done.
  3. Turn the heat off and fluff the rice with fork. Add the diced cheese and fresh cilantro and stir. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 ruth May 7, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Really love these flavours. Smoked sausage and rice do it for me every time!!


2 KennyT May 7, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Interesting, I hope I can get this cheese here in Hong Kong!


3 Francijoe May 7, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Cant wait to try this…


4 5 Star Foodie May 7, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Excellent with smoked sausage and queso blanco!


5 MaryMoh May 7, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Beautiful colour and looks very delicious. I think I would love to add some sweet garden peas.


6 Sandra G May 7, 2010 at 4:04 PM

My Favorite food in the whole wide world Rice! thank you for adding another way to enjoy it Yummy!


7 grace May 7, 2010 at 4:56 PM

i usually don’t go for rice-heavy dishes, but there’s no way i could pass this up. sausage and that creamy cheese are irresistible!


8 Faith May 7, 2010 at 5:19 PM

I love the pretty color of that rice! What a delicious meal!


9 Erica May 7, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Thank you guys for the wonderful comments!


10 Sook May 7, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Loving the color of the rice.


11 Oysterculture May 7, 2010 at 11:12 PM

Oh I make similar dishes, but not exactly the same – does this mean I have a touch of Columbian in me? =) Another dish to save and try as I am sure its delicious.


12 rebecca subbiah May 7, 2010 at 11:24 PM

oh wow looks great and must get some of this cheese

Happy Mothers Day Erica lol Rebecca


13 tasteofbeirut May 7, 2010 at 11:40 PM

I love the flavor of cumin added to the rice and the diced cheese at the end is a nice touch as well.


14 Elizabeth May 8, 2010 at 5:57 AM

I love the colours. This looks great. Really comforting and full of flavour!


15 Joanne May 8, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Rice, sausage, and CHEESE! you can count me in. What a lovely dish.


16 Erica May 8, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Thank you guys for visiting!


17 norma May 8, 2010 at 10:11 AM

This is the cheese I uses for my dulces. Great dish!


18 Dawna May 8, 2010 at 5:45 PM

I have a lovely smoked sausage in my fridge just waiting to be used in such a recipe!


19 Reeni May 9, 2010 at 1:46 PM

What a delicious dish with smoked sausage! Just wonderful flavors!


20 Carla May 10, 2010 at 12:43 PM

This is a dish for me. Very pretty. I love using achiote with rice. I would have to agree with MaryMoh and add some fresh garden peas.


21 Baking is my Zen May 10, 2010 at 4:54 PM

I’ve seen this cheese in the store. I’ll give it a try.


22 Chef E May 11, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Is this the cheese I saw at Shop n Stop, hmmm I think I have been wanting to try it, because it said you could simply fry it in pieces? I have to go there and get some ingredients and make this! Yum


23 Anna May 11, 2010 at 7:03 PM

This rice looks so good, I love all the flavors involved. Need to get some ingredients. I like queso blanco a lot. It’s delicious.


24 Christina May 13, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Can I substitute sazon for the achiote? Is it just a color thing or is there a major taste difference?


25 Erica May 13, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Christina- You can substitute the sazon goya for achiote.


26 Erica May 14, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Thank you guys for the comments! I truly appreciate it!


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