Naco o Puré de Papas (Colombian-Style Mashed Potatoes)

by Erica Dinho on December 6, 2011

Today I want to share with you a Colombian-Style Mashed potatoes recipe or “Naco de papas”. We are mashed potatoes fans around here. My husband and my son can’t get enough of the them. This dish is very popular in the department of Boyacá. I hope you enjoy our creamy version for this classic dish as much as I do.

Buen provecho!



(About 6 servings)

  • 2 pounds yellow potatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or crema de leche
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded queso blanco or mozarella cheese
  • Ground cumin for garnish
  • Scallion for garnish

Colombian mashed Potatoes


  1. Peel and dice potatoes. Place in a medium pan, add the salt, and cover with water.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to medium. Cook until potatoes are tender.
  3. Heat the milk in a pot over medium heat until simmering. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Remove the potatoes from the heat and drain off the water. Mash the potatoes and add the milk, butter, egg yolks and cheese & stir to combine. Sprinkle with ground cumin and scallions. Serve warm.
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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Claudia December 6, 2011 at 11:40 AM

It’s the cheese – it’s always the cheese with me – these are so enhanced – who needs meat?


2 Chris December 6, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Is there anything more comforting than mashed potatoes? These look warm and filling, Erica.


3 Belinda @zomppa December 6, 2011 at 5:01 PM

And huge fan here – an egg – LOVE it – adds that extra richness.


4 rebecca subbiah December 6, 2011 at 10:56 PM

oh nice version comfort food for sure, but a bit rich for me


5 Caroll Buitrago-Long December 7, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Por fin pusiste esta receta! ya la habia buscado pero nada y ahora tengo mi propia version y a mi esposo le fascinan!!

Muchas gracias!


6 Erica December 12, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Thank you everyone!


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