Roasted Andean Potatoes (Papa Criolla Asada)

by Erica Dinho on May 30, 2009

 Papa Criolla Colombiana or Papita Criolla Asada

Papita Criolla Asada

Papas Criollas are absolutely delicious and in Colombia we cook them in many different ways. Although this recipe entails roasting papas, fried papas are a very popular street food that is sold in paper bags by street vendors. In the United States I buy these potatoes frozen. You can find Papas Criollas in the Latin aisle at the supermarket or online in



  • 2 pounds frozen papa criolla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. In a large bowl mix the olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the potatoes to the oil mixture and mix well until coated.
  4. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer in a baking sheet for about 40 minutes or until browned.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and serve
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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lori Lynn May 30, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Sounds good! I will keep my eye out for them. I shop at a supermercado here that will probably have them. YAY.


2 Soma May 30, 2009 at 10:02 PM

These are so cute! If i do not find these, can I use the little regular potatoes or the fingerling ones?


3 Erica May 31, 2009 at 6:57 AM

Hi Soma,
You can use regular potatoes , but papas criollas have a special flavor.


4 pigpigscorner May 31, 2009 at 4:23 AM

So simple but it looks like a yummy snack! I’ve never seen these potatoes before, will have a look out for them!


5 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie May 31, 2009 at 10:01 PM

These look yummy! I wonder if I can find Andean Potatoes in my supermarket. Would love to try!


6 Erica May 31, 2009 at 10:26 PM

If you don’t find them at the supermarket you can find them at


7 Katie March 25, 2014 at 9:44 AM


Are you sure about the web site? When I tried it, I got an “empty” site. I am dying to find some papas criollas in Milwaukee,WI so that I can make ajiaco. I don’t think there is an appropriate substitute in that case. El Rey, our Mexican store, used to carry them in the frozen section, but they no longer do….


8 Erica Dinho March 25, 2014 at 12:20 PM


Lately I buy mine at my local Latin store, but I found this link:



9 Danny H June 1, 2009 at 8:40 PM

I miss the taste of really fresh papas criollas. They sell them in a jar at the supermarket but never fresh. Were these from a jar? If so, you did a great job at making them look fresh.

My favorite way to have them is with hot dogs and quail eggs (Salchipapas) You should make some of these. I’m sure your readers would love to get that Colombian recipe. Especially for the kids… They’ll love them guaranteed!

Danny H.


10 Erica June 2, 2009 at 7:38 AM

Hi Danny,
I used frozen papa criolla…….They taste great!
Try it!


11 Diego Angarita January 29, 2013 at 7:45 PM

If I was to start cultivating papa criolla fresh on a farm, how much per pound would you pay?


12 Misha March 27, 2014 at 10:59 PM

I live in Colombia and love papa criolla because they are the closest in flavor to yukon gold potatoes, my absolute favorite variety available in the U.S. If you can’t find papa criolla, I’d suggest you try selecting the absolute smallest yukon gold potatoes you can find (the size of medium radishes) for a close substitute.


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