Carne Afanada (Colombian Meatloaf)

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Receta de Carne Afanada

I receive many emails from readers asking me when I will be posting various Colombian recipes. Lately, Carne Afanada is one of the most requested recipes. Carne Afanada is the Colombian version of meatloaf.

After asking some friends and family about this recipe, I learned that this dish is popular in the El Valle department of Colombia. It is traditionally made with ground beef and cooked on top of the stove, but I put my own twist on the dish and added some ground pork and I started cooking the meatloaf on the stove but finished cooking it in the oven. It is a delicious Colombian dish.

Buen Provecho!

Colombian MeatLoaf



  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspooon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup hogao

1 tablespoon oil
3 large tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 tablespoons beef stock
Salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin


    Rollo de Carne Colombiano

  1. To make the meatloaf: In a large bowl mix the ground beef, ground pork, hogao, bread crumbs, flour, whisked eggs, salt, ground cumin and pepper. Mix well until combined.
  2. Form a meatloaf and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large ovenproof saucepan and add the sauce ingredients. Cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat. Add the meatloaf to the sauce and cook for 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 350°F.
  5. Transfer the sauce pan with the meatloaf to the oven and cook for about 45 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with white rice or vegetables on the side.
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  1. Marta S. says

    Como haces para que no se desbarate? y…..por que el nombre, yo soy Colombiana pero no sabia de ‘carne afanada’. gracias Erica.

    • Erica says

      Marta- Algunas personas Colombianas me la pidieron, pero yo tampoco sabia de carna afanada y una amiga me dijo que era un plato del Valle y me dio la receta. Solo haces el rollo y lo dejas en la nevera por media hora y no se desbarata.

  2. says

    Very interesting that it would be cooked on the stovetop. I like how you combined both the stovetop and oven method in this recipe. I love meatloaf Erica and this looks great!

  3. says

    I have a really hard time with meatloaf…its almost too much meat for me but I think with the 2 different kinds of meat, the cumin and your hogao….this could be the one

  4. says

    I am looking forward to trying the Columbian recipes in the new book Planet Barbecue! I don’t think they have this one but I know I’d love this, especially as leftovers on a sandwich. Yum!

  5. says

    This looks lovely – I’m always on the lookout for interesting recipes that use ground meats, and this one looks to be right up my alley!

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