Arroz Sapopero (Soupy Rice with Beef and Smoked Sausage)

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. Sauté 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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  1. says

    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. says

    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 says

    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. says

    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. says

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

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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.

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