Peto Costeño (Dried Corn Drink)

Peto Costeño (Dried Corn Drink)

El Peto Costeño is a traditional drink made with dried white corn from the Atlantic coast of Colombia. The recipe is very similar to Mazamorra Antioqueña. This drink is traditionally made by cooking dried corn with water, milk, cinnamon and panela or sugar, to make it taste sweeter. However, while visiting Cartagena a long time ago, I had Peto Costeño made with milk and coconut cream and it was delicious.

This drink is traditionally served with lunch or dinner, and as a simple afternoon snack or dessert as well and can be served hot or cold. Peto Costeño is also a very popular street food in Colombia.

Buen provecho!

Peto Costeño



  • 1/2 pound white dried cracked corn
  • 8 cups of water
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • Sugar or grated panela to your taste
  • Milk for serving

Peto Costeno


  1. Soak the dried corn overnight.
  2. Rinse it well and place it a large pot with the water, cinnamon and sugar and cook over medium heat until the corn is soft, about 2 to 3 hours, stir occasionally, while adding more water if needed.
  3. Add the milk and serve.  
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  1. Maria Eugenia says

    OMG!!!! I LOVE PETO, I WAS SUPER EXCITED WHEN I SAW THE RECIPE WAS UP!!! I remember when my mom use to fly me out to Colombia for the summer break, and the Peto man would stop in front of my grandmother’s house every single day for my Peto, i would hear his whistle a mile away hahaha. thank you Erica for posting the recipe.

  2. Anonymous says

    Yes, I too thank you for posting this recipe. As a child, my mom used to take us to the entrance of the neighborhood movie theater to have have some peto. I remember that peculiar flavor that I’m hoping to find when I add the coconut cream.

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