Soupy Rice with Powdered Beef (Arroz Asopado con Carne en Polvo)

by Erica Dinho on September 14, 2009

Arroz Asopado020This rice is a very simple Colombian recipe to which some of my fondest memories are attached, as it was one of my grandmother’s favorite lunch dishes. She would eat it with a banana and red tomato on the side, just like in the picture. We Colombians love to eat bananas with soups and believe it or not, it is quite delicious. The consistency of this rice should be between rice and a soup, hence the name.



(4 Servings)

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup white rice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sazon Goya with azafran
  • ¼ cup green beans, diced
  • ¼ cup carrots, diced
  • ½ cup peas
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups powdered beef for serving
  • 4 bananas for serving


  1. Heat the olive oil and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook for about 3 minutes or until translucent.
  2. Add the rice and stir for a minute to coat with the onions and garlic. Add the ground cumin, sazon Goya, salt, pepper and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, add the green beans, carrots and peas. Stir and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Serve with powdered beef (Carne molida) and bananas on the side.
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1 Claudia Medeiros September 14, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Our culinary is very similar ( Colombian / Brazilian ) and I also love to have this dish the same way but I add a chilli pepper on the side … I love peppers !!! :D


2 rebecca subbiah September 14, 2009 at 2:37 PM

yummy, as ever Erica,


3 zerrin September 14, 2009 at 4:26 PM

This is a very new combination for me, banana and rice together. We too, have some dishes with sliced tomatoes, but we have banana or any other vegetable after the meal. As I’m getting closer to Colombian cuisine with your fantastic looking dishes, I’m so much intrigued now.


4 Kim September 14, 2009 at 9:25 PM

I love this post with the story about your grandma. The tip about the banana is an interesting one that I’ll have to try. I’ve never heard of powdered beef before, but everything looks so colorful and pretty.


5 Danielle September 15, 2009 at 1:23 AM

oh my gosh does that look good!


6 Diana September 15, 2009 at 6:58 AM

What a beautiful lunch, I’m sure your grandmother was also an amazing cook. I have to tell you, I’ve been getting most of my new lunch ideas from you. Thank you!! Much healthier and the kids and I really like them!


7 Joan Nova September 15, 2009 at 4:38 PM

I, too, was not familiar with ‘powdered’ beef so I followed the link and looked at the recipe, which looks very flavorful and delicious. I think it perhaps loses something the translation. Powdered to English-first readers implies dry, powdery, not tasty…your recipe is definitely not any of those things!


8 Erica September 16, 2009 at 7:17 AM

Thank you all for the comments!


9 nora@ffr September 16, 2009 at 6:05 PM

vat a great meal!!! love the combo :)


10 Erica September 23, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog :)


11 karen leslie September 23, 2009 at 8:35 PM

love this recipe its good by the way


12 lauren September 23, 2009 at 8:42 PM

I’ve never tried bananas with a meat or vegetable in my entire life ,but this colombian recipe looks delicious and tasty.I bet it’s quite an appetite.


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