Sopa de Torrejas (Colombian Beef and Fritters Soup)

by Erica Dinho on January 25, 2011

Sopa de Torrejas

Sopa de Torrejas, also known Sopa de Masitas, is a traditional soup from the region of El Cauca in Colombia. This soup is made with beef, onion, garlic, cumin, achiote, potatoes, carrots, flour fritters and cilantro. It is served with avocado, rice and hot sauce or ají.

It is the kind of Sunday meal served with a side of plain white rice and avocado that I absolutely love. It’s simple, comforting, satisfying and delicious.

Buen provecho!



(4-6 servings)

    For the soup

  • 11/2 pound beef, diced
  • 8 cups beef stock or water
  • 1/2 cup alinos sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon sazon goya with azafran or achiote
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 2 potatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper
  • For the fritters or torrejas

  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sazon goya with azafran
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika



  1. To make the soup:
  2. Place a pot over medium-high heat. Add the beef, beef stock, carrots, aliños, thyme and sazon goya, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Let it simmer for 40 minutes.
  3. Add the potatoes, cilantro, salt and pepper, cover and cook for 25 minutes more or until the beef is cooked.
  4. Meanwhile make the fritters: Heat oil to 325 degrees F.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper and sazon goya. In a small bowl, combine milk and eggs. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring well.
  6. Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches in a skillet. Drop by tablespoons into hot oil. Cook 2 to 4 minutes, or until golden, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Set aside.
  7. To serve: Ladle the soup in a bowl. Arrange the fritters in the center of the soup.Garnish with fresh cilantro.
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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa January 25, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Love those fritters to soak up that goodness!


2 Barbara January 25, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Oh I Iove those fritters, Erica! The Columbian version of my mother’s dumplings! Such a lovely soup too…wouldn’t the rice be perfect with it!


3 A Canadian Foodie January 25, 2011 at 11:53 AM

What a flavourful bowl of a variety of tastes and textures and produce! I love the fresh cilantro and the cold avocado with the steamy soup… and the fritters I dare say might be my favourite part. Certainly not an easy or fast dish – but still, a very straight forward and do able dish. I have it on my list “to make”.
Tahnk you!


4 Melanie January 25, 2011 at 12:02 PM

I love this recipe and the photos are beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.


5 norma January 25, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Erica…it’s snowing in New York and it is soooo cold, have a heart and mandame un platico”.

Hope you are doing well and I know you are taking care with all these beautiful recipes you grace us with.

Me voy a PR por 2 semanas…Un abrazo!


6 Sharon January 25, 2011 at 4:51 PM

I love the fritters, I want the fritters lol. The soup looks so appetizing. YUM!


7 Simply Life January 25, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Oh I would love a big bowl of this soup right now!!


8 Joan Nova January 25, 2011 at 5:50 PM

I love it…it’s going so many levels of flavor and texture. I would so love to have a bowl with all the accompaniments.


9 Maria January 25, 2011 at 8:59 PM

You always feature such amazing soups! I love everything about this one. So much going on in one bowl … yum!


10 5 Star Foodie January 25, 2011 at 10:48 PM

This soup sounds amazing, such bright excellent flavors and I just love the fritters in it, yum!


11 Chris January 26, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Oh my, I want to jump right in there with the fritters, this soup looks so good!!!!


12 grace January 27, 2011 at 1:49 AM

this soup is absolutely packed with good stuff, but all you had to say was fritters to win me over. :)


13 rebecca subbiah January 27, 2011 at 11:31 PM

oh my your food is so so good I want a bowl, hows the pregnancy going ?


14 tasteofbeirut January 27, 2011 at 11:52 PM

I love this soup and the ideas of the fritters!


15 Oysterculture February 1, 2011 at 11:27 PM

Oh my, you’ve done it to me again, this soup and the fritters look just amazing. I sense another batch of wonderful Columbian recipes itching to be made.


16 Erica February 10, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Thank you everyone!


17 Gloria November 8, 2011 at 10:18 AM

This is one of my favourite soups, the one my mom used to make on all the time. Now I made it for my children and they love it.
En Ocana tambien la llamamos sopa de torrejas. Gracias por compartir todas estas recetas. Saludos desde Michigan


18 Pilar January 14, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Looks delicious! Some fried plantains or ripe bananas on the side would be a yummy additional side touch “a la colombiana”!! Feliz Año!!


19 Monica October 19, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Erica…I am about to cry..I ate this soup years ago and it was made by one of my family;s maids..and I have been trying to figure out the recipe..have explained it to other numerous colombianos with no luck…I can not wait to make this..thanks so much


20 Ximena February 7, 2013 at 9:36 AM

At my grandmother’s house they usted to serve “sopa de flotadores” which Was a beef or chiken broth with these fritters I recomend it as a lighter vertion or a entree


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