Hogao (Colombian Creole Sauce)

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Hogao (colombian tomato-onion sauce)

Hogao is one of the most traditional Colombian seasoning sauces. We use Hogao as a base for many typical Colombian dishes or just as a dipping sauce for Pátacones, Platanitos and Yuca frita or just as a topping for arepas. I keep it refrigerated for up to 1 week.

In Colombia you will find different versions of this sauce. I prepare this hogao the way my grandmother taught me as indicated in this recipe.

Arepa Colombiana con Hogao





  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped scallions
  • 2 cups fresh chopped tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

Hogao Colombiano


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the tomatoes, scallions, garlic, ground cumin and cook gently for 10 minutes, stirring until softened.
  2. Reduce the heat to low, add the salt and , cook for 10 minutes more, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened. Check and adjust the seasoning.
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  1. says

    Thanks for visiting me.. & am i glad to be in your blog!! u have a great place here with some traditional recipes. I have subscribed to your post feed.

    This sauce is very very similar to the basic curry sauce we make in India, same spices & done in the same was!! what a wonderful color!

  2. Anonymous says

    I love hogao…it is my favorite Colombian sauce. I made it and serve it over arepa and patacones.

  3. herbieK says

    this turned out delicous and perfect, my Colombian husband thanks you! I have made several of your site’s recipes and all have turned out delicious, thank you for this great resource

  4. Viviana says

    I have found all my favorite foods on your site! I can’t thank you enough for posting these recipes. They are so easy to follow and I love the fact that you post pictures! That way I know what it is supposed to look like and I can pick up some garnishing tips as well. THANK YOU!

  5. Linda Milligan Collazos says

    I am so glad to have found this blog! I have been married to a Colombian for 44 years. I am going to make your hogao and then bistec a la criolla~

  6. Shelia Addair says

    My Columbian friends make a …I’m going to call it a dip or sauce…it’s green and served with yuca, rice and everything. Do you have any knowledge of this dish?

  7. Respondon says

    It really works :) I couldn’t even remember what hogao was supposed to taste like, but after one taste it came back to me. I’m making sobrebarriga (what, no recipe here???) two days from now and we’ll see how this stuff works for real! If the sobrebarriga works, that is.

  8. Respondon says

    I made sobrebarriga to go with it, following Doris Lopez on youtube:

    It came out pretty nicely considering I didn’t use fresh spices and did use brisket rather than flank steak. Flank steak is way too expensive to be simmered for three hours (what you need to do if you don’t have a pressure cooker). Pero seria poca cosa sin hogao!

  9. RalphC. says

    I live in El Quindio Colombia it was time I made this side dish, I did ad bits of fresh carrots 1/2 cup 1/2 green pepper, I enjoy more using yellow midden onion chopped, 5 midden garlic heads chopped, the rest normal, well almost I did spice it up with hot red pepper powder, man this side came out better then others I’ve tasted here in almost 5 years, ENJOY!

  10. Sandra Diaz says

    can you make big batches and freeze? I have a garden and would love to make some using ur garden ingredients to can or freeze to use in the winter. Thank you so much for this great resource. My family is from Colombia but I am vegan but having these recipes will help me adapt (some) of these dishes for myself to honor my heritage!

    • Kathrin Pejic says


      my Colombian husband and I are vegan, too. We live in Germany. For us it is very important to cook all these Colombian recipes in a vegan version! If you change some basics it´s very easy to cook vegan Colombian dishes! My husband loves my vegan Bandeja paisa, I never thought it would be possible, but you can do everything eccept the egg… I was thinking making my own blog about veganised Colombian recipes….

  11. PATRICIA says

    looking for a arepas filling recipe.it had capers garlic parsley . dont no what was in it iif anyone has a filling for arepas without meat or cheese. it was so so good.
    it was served as an appetizer.

  12. ALFREDO says

    Green sauce? In Venezuela we call it guasacaca. In PR, we make sofrito, which includes garlic, onions, bell peppers, cilantro, culantro, parsley, is the base of practically everything we eat, from soups to stews, and is also used as a marinade or adobo. I am doing the pork risotto today, while braving our latest storm (yes, I live in NYC . . . ).

  13. Jasmine says

    I really would like to thank you for the recipes. My mother in law is the Colombian cook but she never gives me measurements and since I am not Colombian a lot of these recipes are foreign to me. I’m so glad your site is here to guide me. I enjoy cooking for my husband and especially enjoy when he tells me that the food tastes better than what his own mother makes. You are an excellent chef and my husband thanks you and your family for sharing the recipes of his childhood.

  14. Jodie says

    This looks wonderful, but am wondering why there is no corn listed in the ingredients when the picture clearly shows corn in the dish. Also, unless the tomatoes are of different colors there is something else in the dish not listed in the ingredients that is not red. Please explain, tysm

    • Carla says

      Jodie, this is a great recipe and it’s very simple. There’s no corn listed because the recipe doesn’t call for it. The “corn” you see on the images are the seeds from the tomatoes. Hope this helps you! Best.

  15. Liliana says

    Just found your blog. Made this sauce for the patacones and I absolutely love the flavor the cumin adds to it. Muy rico!

  16. Teresa says

    My family is from Spain but I am married to an American Colombian who loves his food from home. Your blog has helped me cook the foods he loves and our children love as well…You are a life saver

  17. Alex says

    Thanks Erica for yet another incredibly easy and wonderful recipe. So much flavour! My English husband asks for ‘rosa vieja’ all the time. We all love it.


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