Arroz Sapopero (Soupy Rice with Beef and Smoked Sausage)

by Erica Dinho on June 7, 2010

Rice with Beef and Smoked Sausage

Arroz Sapopero is simply a soupy rice, with a texture similar to risotto, cooked with beef chunks, vegetables and smoked sausage. This traditional dish, originally from the Huila department of Colombia, is flavorful, filling, and absolutely delicious.

I served it with avocado on top and it was the perfect accompaniment. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I did!



(4 servings)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound beef, diced
  • 1 smoked sausage, sliced
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup peeled and diced sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup peeled and diced white potato
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 cup green beans, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper

Arroz Sapopero


  1. In a large pan over medium heat, melt the oil and butter. Add the sausage and beef. SautƩ for 5 minutes or until the sausage and beef are brown. Transfer the meats to a plate.
  2. Add the onions and scallions and cook for about 5 minutes, Add the rice and stir to coat. Return the meats to the pan and add the potatoes, carrots and green beans.
  3.   Add the water, stir and bring to a boil. Add cumin, salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for about 45 minutes or until the rice is done and the beef is cooked.
  4. Turn the heat off and fluff the rice with a fork. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 norma June 7, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Definitely our cultures have a lot in common. During the holidays when we have parties there is always a pot of “asopao” sitting in the back of the stove to give to the people who have drunk just a bit. It’s stick to your ribs kind of cooking and very comforting. Tengo hambre!


2 Kim June 7, 2010 at 10:05 AM

I love your pictures with all the colors, so pretty! This looks like a gorgeous and comforting meal. I would definitely love some right now:)


3 Jeannie June 7, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Rice is also the main staple here in Malaysia but we usually fry our rice or boiled it and eat with vegetables and meat or fish. This version sounds interesting.


4 ruth June 7, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Always always a fan of rice with smoked sausage!! Love the additions of the potato and sweet potato too. Hmm this pic is really giving me cravings!!


5 Baking is my Zen June 7, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Looks a bit like risotto. My folks would love this…


6 Ivy June 7, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Great dish. Comforting and delicious.


7 Jhonny Walker June 7, 2010 at 4:50 PM

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8 lisaiscooking June 7, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Your soupy rice looks delicious, and the two types of potatoes in it sound great. Beautiful avocados too!


9 Faith June 7, 2010 at 5:34 PM

The fresh, creamy avocado looks like the perfect pair for this hearty dish! What a gorgeous meal!


10 Sophie June 7, 2010 at 5:47 PM

QuƩ plato muy rico! Me gusta mucho el arroz con verduras & salchicons!



11 Joan Nova June 7, 2010 at 6:49 PM

I know I would love this — so nice and starchy :)


12 Mary June 7, 2010 at 9:15 PM

This looks so wonderful. The avocado is a perfect accompaniment to your soup. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary


13 Erica June 7, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments!


14 grace June 8, 2010 at 5:07 AM

my supper plate is often piled with sausage, green beans, potatoes, and rice, but with each in its own separate area. i love the idea of tossing them all together–thanks, erica!


15 5 Star Foodie June 8, 2010 at 10:17 AM

This sounds terrific with sweet potatoes and smoked sausage, great combo!


16 Anna June 8, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Hi Erica, sorry it took me so long….I had a deadline and a very demanding client. Wow….your rice look so yummmmmm! Loved the beef/sausage combo, and the avocado is a nice touch. Looks beautiful.


17 Chris June 8, 2010 at 6:26 PM

That is a great rice dish. Is the sausage typical a spicy one or just your average beef sausage?


18 Erica June 8, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Chris- Regular smoked sausage.


19 Anh June 8, 2010 at 7:49 PM

I’m bookmarking this recipe. It looks sooo good!


20 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best June 9, 2010 at 10:10 PM

The addition of potatoes is interesting. This looks like a very comforting dish.


21 tasteofbeirut June 11, 2010 at 6:42 PM

It looks absolutely delicious! Love that sliver of avocado on the side!


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