Lapingachos (Colombian-Style Potato Cakes)

Lapingachos (Colombian-Style Potato Cakes)

Lapingachos are a traditional Colombian dish from the Nariño department of Colombia. They are basically potato patties cooked until crispy and golden brown.

These delicious potato cakes are typically topped with ají de maní (Colombian peanut sauce) and served as a side dish with fried food (fritos) and a light tomato and lettuce salad on the side.

Buen provecho!

Lapingachos (Colombian-Style Potato Cakes)



(About one dozen of Lapingachos)

  • 6 Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup of hogao
  • 1 teaspoon of ground achiote, saffron or color
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Ají de mani for serving

Lapingachos (Colombian-Style Potato Cakes)


  1. Cook the potatoes in salted water until fork tender. Drain and mash them.
  2. Add the hogao, achiote, cumin, egg yolks, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  3. over the potato mixture and let it sit at room temperature for about one hour.
  4. Make small thick patties and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place them in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. Heat a nonstick fry pan or griddle over medium-high heat and brush lightly with oil.
  6. Cook the patties for 2 minutes, carefully flip them and cook on the other side until golden, about 1 minute more.
  7. Lapingachos (Colombian-Style Potato Cakes)

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  1. Silvia says

    I swear: the best sweepstakes prize would be to dine at your house for a week. The food you make is amazing. I hope you publish a book some day because you deserve tons of attention! I can only come to this blog right after I’ve eaten-otherwise a visit here constitutes masochism!

  2. April says

    These potato cakes are absolutely fantastic. I served mine with grilled salmon and we loved them. I made another batch and placed them in the fridge for this weekend.

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