My Favorite Colombian Dish (Bandeja Paisa)

by Erica Dinho on February 15, 2010

I want to share with you today a recipe from the archives. Bandeja Paisa or Paisa Tray is my favorite Colombian dish and the most popular dish in Colombia. My friend Joan from Foodalogue is having a virtual culinary tour and this week she is going to Colombia. After much thought about which recipe I should make for this stop, I decided to post this dish because it is the most popular meal in Colombian cuisine. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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1 Tangled Noodle February 15, 2010 at 11:40 AM

That is an amazing platter of food! The powdered beef is really cool and something I’d love to try. For which meal is this usually eaten? It looks like something that Filipinos would have for breakfast to start the day off right! 8-)

(I went over to your original post but am leaving my comment here – thanks for the great links!)


2 Erica February 15, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Tangled Noodle- We eat Bandeja Paisa for lunch or dinner! The powdered beef you can eat it with eggs for breakfast or for lunch and dinner with rice or vegetables.


3 Chef E February 15, 2010 at 11:44 AM

I would be so in trouble with this dish in front of me. Why? because I would want more helpings of it all! In Dallas, where I am from we had so many go restaurants that served colombian and cuban dishes! Yum!


4 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen February 15, 2010 at 1:30 PM

What an awesome meal! Everything looks so good!!!


5 Lyndsey February 15, 2010 at 1:52 PM

This looks wonderful, I can see why it’s a favorite Clombian dish. It has such a variety of tastes and textures! I would love some for lunch right now!


6 Joan Nova February 15, 2010 at 2:14 PM

That looks so delicious…and so bad for my diet. In my research on Colombia, I read somewhere than that although it’s the ‘traditional’ dish, most Colombians no longer make this at home anymore (health reasons inferred) and only eat it when they go to a restaurant. A-once-in-a-while-treat.


7 Kitchen Butterfly February 15, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Yummy, love the plantains,..and the avocado, and the beans……and the eggs. All made and created in perfect harmony!


8 Erica February 15, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments!


9 Baking is my Zen February 15, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Wow…there is lots to choose from here…


10 Bo February 15, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Looks so delicious…I would have to clean my plate.


11 my boyfriend cooks for me February 15, 2010 at 7:45 PM

When I saw the title “My favorite Columbian dish” I couldn’t wait to see what you’d post because every dish you’ve posted here has always looked amazing to me. But I can see why this would be a favorite – it has that comfort-food sound to it…which makes me realize how awesome it is to have plantains as part of comfort food!


12 Oysterculture February 15, 2010 at 7:55 PM

What’s not to like with this recipe. Its got everything going for it. Thanks for sharing.


13 Erica February 15, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Thank you guys ;-)


14 gloria February 15, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Erica, yummy,yummy,yummy!!!! gloria


15 anncoo February 16, 2010 at 2:14 AM

WOW! This looks great and flavourful :)


16 ap269 February 16, 2010 at 6:25 AM

Wow, what an amazing meal! I see why it is your favorite Colombian dish – everything looks so yummy! For our stop in Colombia during the Culinary Tour, I made Pan de Yuca (based on your recipe, had to replace the cheese, though). So maybe we can have some Bandeja Paisa together, and a little later we share Pan de Yuca and hot chocolate. When do Colombians eat their main meal? In the evening? Then, we might have to switch it: first, pan de yuca, and a little later bandeja paisa. How does that sound?


17 Barbara February 16, 2010 at 7:18 AM

I followed the posts until I reached the recipe…”mountain tray”. That is a heap of food, Erica! Yowee. It all looks delicious if I could have one bite of each thing.


18 Erica February 16, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Thank you all for the comments!


19 grace February 16, 2010 at 9:25 AM

talk about a plate full of tasty food! i wouldn’t even know where to begin–it all looks completely delicious. thanks for sharing this, erica. :)


20 Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home February 17, 2010 at 1:31 AM

This is what I ALWAYS order when I go to the Colombian restaurant near my apartment! And now I can make it at home whenever I want! Yay :)


21 Divina February 17, 2010 at 7:17 AM

Is this what you eat for breakfast? Because I would love have if for breakfast. The Filipinos would really love this.


22 Erica February 17, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Thank you :)


23 Erica February 17, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Divina- For breakfast we eat calentado (Beans and Rice dish with eggs and meat).It is delicious.


24 Claudia February 17, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Thanks for sharing your delicious recipes. I was inspired to try making your Cassava Cake. We don’t have any Colombian restaurants here, but now I can visit your site and get a hit of Colombian cooking.


25 Lara February 17, 2010 at 8:19 PM

The hogao sounds amazing! I imagining something like a picante, is that correct?


26 Erica February 17, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Lara- It is a tomato- onion sauce! Not spicy!


27 Luz Adriana October 15, 2010 at 12:30 AM

Paisa tray dish is typical of Antioquia and has already been adopted by most Colombians. It is very complete and nutritious, usually eat at lunch. You can also add morcilla and chorizo.


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