Traditional Colombian Breakfast (Calentado)

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Calentado literally means “heated” and is a traditional Colombian breakfast born in the Andean region of the country. It is very common, in this region, to eat beans and rice every day for dinner. Then, for breakfast the next day, the beans and rice are reheated and served with egg, arepa, chorizo, chicharrón or grilled beef and hot chocolate. You will find this dish on the menu of almost any Colombian restaurant around the world.

Recetas de Comida Colombiana

Some days I miss my country more than others and when those days come, I just cook something like this breakfast and it is just like being back home and all the memories of my childhood come back to me. Most of my memories of my grandmother, Mamita, include her cooking. Every morning she was up early and by 8 o’clock she was already dressed and made up wearing her apron, which she would wear most of the day. Cooking was her life and the way to show her family how much she loved them.

Colombian Food



(4 servings)

Colombian Breakfast


  1. Place the hogao, beans and ricein a large saucepan, mix well ensuring that the rice and beansare coated by the hogao. Cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until the mixture is warm, stirring occasionally.
  2. To serve, divide the bean and rice mixture equally on serving plates. Place the chorizo and arepaaround the beans.
  3. Place the egg on top of the beans and rice mixture.
  4. Recetas Colombianas

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    • says

      Last week I read an article about the culture as well as traditional custom of the Colombians.This blog has now given me some ideas about their taste as well as their dishes.I think that nation is very much aware of their own culture.

  1. says

    I’m so happy for finding this blog!!! I have a friend from Colombia who doesn’t know how to cook. With your fantastic recipes we will have lots of fun with the colombian dishes. Thank you for sharing.
    Kisses from Spain

  2. says

    I love traditional meals from any country but your Colombian recipes are so close to my Puerto Rican recipes yet they always have a different twist. Fantastic :)


  3. says

    Las abuelas tienen una menra de quedarse grabadas en nuestras memorias, con su dulzura y deliciosa cocina, son verdaderamente magicas!
    Delicious breakfast here Erica! I think it’s quite similar to the Andean breakfast accross the border in Venezuela, but I was only in that region a couple of times and don’t remember properly. Nice and hearty, sure to fill you up right for the entire day!

  4. says

    This is my idea of breakfast! I am always most hungry in the morning and this looks terrific. I’ve never had an arepa before, but they are on my list of things to cook. My husband would love this breakfast. You have so many great recipes!!

  5. Erica says

    I love Colombian food….I am glad you are learning about my country and my culture!

    Thank you all so much for the comments.

  6. says

    Never used the leftover rice and beans for breakfast, we generally reheat it for lunch or dinner as side dishes. But I love the idea of serving these with eggs at breakfast.Breakfast is my favorite meal, so I never skip it with cornflakes or a simple french toast. I adore a big breakfast, so I’ll try it for sure.I think I’ll be a great fan of Colombian cuisine.

  7. sakr says

    My husband is Colombian and I lived there for several years. I am going to make a wonderful Colombian meal for him as a surprise using these great recipes! Buen provecho!

  8. Christina says

    This sounds just like my Aubuela’s breakfast, she does the scrambled with the onion and tomato. Thank you for your helpful recipes.

  9. Elizabeth says

    la mejor comida que yo jamas he comido estuvo en la columbia, y fue llamado calentado. Es un desayuno colubina tradicional que origino el la columbia de Andino. Calentado es muy subroso, tuvo arepas que esta como una totilla colubmbina. Tambien tuuvo arroz, las alubias, los huevos, y hogao. Hogao es asado a la parrilla ternera, me encanta carne. El hogao tuvo mucho especias, me recordo de salchicha. Bebi chocolate caliente mientras lo comi. Esta comida debe gana proque es el mejor y su facil de hacer!

  10. judy says

    el calentado que apendi de mi suegra:
    carne y papa del dia anterior…picados y revuelto con arroz.
    Cocine cebolla y otras cosas come pimenton si le gusta,
    anade la carne y papa, calentando todo, luego anade arroz
    y siga calentndo…con huevo encima si quiere.


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