Sopa de Orejas (Colombian Rice fritters Soup)

Sopa de Orejas (Colombian Rice fritters Soup)

One of my all time favorites is a delicious and comforting bowl of Sopa de Orejas. This is a comforting soup made with beef broth, potatoes, cilantro, onions, scallions, garlic, achiote, cumin and rice fritters. Sopa de Orejas is a traditional Colombian soup from the Antioquia department of Colombian, the region where I was born and raised.

Buen provecho!



(About 6 servings)


  • 10 cups of beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of achiote
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • Fritters or Orejas

  • 2 cups of cooked white rice
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sazon goya with azafran
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying

(Colombian Rice fritters Soup)


  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pot, add the onions, scallions, garlic cumin, achiote,  cilantro, salt and pepper.
  2. Add the broth, carrots and potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce temperature and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  3. While the broth is simmering, start making the fritters: Place the rice in the food processor and process for about 2 minutes.
  4. Mix well, the rice, milk, eggs, sazon goya, cumin, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
  5. Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches in a skillet. Drop the rice mixture by tablespoons into hot oil. Cook 2 to 4 minutes, or until golden, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Set aside.
  6. Add the fritters to the soup and cook for 12 minutes more. Add fresh cilantro and serve warm with rice and avocado on the side.
  7. (Colombian Rice fritters Soup)

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  1. says

    Erica, I’m crazy for those rice fritters. I would love to use them in a couple of my soup recipes!
    Love it when you write about traditional Colombian recipes from different regions.

  2. says

    Erica me estoy enamorando perdidamente de la comida colombiana ,algo sabía mi marido estuve por asusto de trabajo 1 mes en su bello país y me informa y por lo que veo se come bien ,esta sopa luce riquísima especial de otoño la haré pronto,abrazos y abrazos.

  3. says

    I am loving all of this. I use pasta or rice in my soups but the addition of the rice fritters really adds lovely (and delicious) texture.

  4. says

    Your fritters look really wonderful and are the kind of thing my family would really love. I’ll have to give them a try. I hope you have a greatda y. Blessings…Mary

  5. Eugenia says

    My mom used to make this soup and I love it. thanks for this recipe and all your colombian recipes and ideas.

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