Tortilla Paisa (Paisa Omelette)

by Erica Dinho on May 2, 2009

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tortilla antioquena

This omelette is popular in the region of Antioquia. In Colombia, people from that region are known as “paisas”, which is why I call this tortilla “paisa”.
I love the combination of chorizo and ripe plantain, it’s delicious. You can have it for breakfast with arepa and hot chocolate as we do in Colombia or for lunch with avocado salad.

tortilla colombiana


(4 Servings)

tortilla paisa


  1. In a medium non-stick pan, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chorizo slices in a single layer and fry about 2 minutes on each side.
  2. With a slotted spoon, transfer the chorizo to a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl beat the eggs. Add the fried plantains, corn, chorizo and salt and let it rest for 1 minute. Add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil to the pan.
  4. Add egg mixture to the pan, decrease the heat to medium low and shake the pan gently to be sure the omelet doesn’t stick while cooking for about 4 minutes.
  5. Place a large plate on top of the pan. Flip over the pan so that the tortilla transfers to the plate. Very carefully slide the tortilla back to the pan so as to cook the other side and continue cooking for 3 more minutes or until done. Transfer the tortilla to a large plate. Let it rest for 5 minutes and cut into slices. Serve warm
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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Soma May 2, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Ripe Plantain in am Omelet! This is totally new.. with a slight sweet tinge right?


2 Sophie May 2, 2009 at 3:32 PM

MMMMMMM…..Yummie! Está delicioso ! Muy rico! ¿Puedo probar?
Saludos de Sophie en Bruselas, Bélgica!


3 Cynthia May 4, 2009 at 5:26 PM

I read about this before. I’ve bookmarked it to try with bacon as we don’t get chorizo here.


4 5 Star Foodie May 5, 2009 at 7:37 AM

We love omelets with chorizo and next time I’m definitely adding plantain – sounds excellent! Thanks!


5 Anna May 6, 2009 at 11:32 AM

I absolutely love frittatas, specially if there is some salty chorizo involved. But I never tried with plantain, will definitely give this one a shot. looks yummy.


6 lilee June 1, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Do you smash the fried plantain first? Or is it just cut up? Thanks!


7 Erica June 1, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Hi Lilee,
Cut the ripe plantain into about ½ inch thick slices and fry them.


8 ramon January 26, 2010 at 5:15 PM

My wife shes a paisa from medellin she do it DELICIOSA thanks


9 abellat February 26, 2010 at 9:49 PM

it looks like pizza but i bet it tatses good


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