Traditional Colombian Breakfast (Calentado)

by Erica Dinho on July 6, 2009

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Calentado

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.

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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.

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Ingredients

(4 servings)

Colombian Breakfast

Directions

  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.
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1 the epicurean's market July 6, 2009 at 4:22 PM

You never cease to amaze me with all these great dishes! Looks fabulous!

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2 employee monitoring software June 24, 2012 at 3:24 PM

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.

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3 Soma July 6, 2009 at 5:34 PM

WOW beans & rice for breakfast! that is one elaborate elegant one:-)

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4 Juju July 6, 2009 at 6:03 PM

I ADORE mi abuelita’s arepas.

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5 Oysterculture July 6, 2009 at 7:32 PM

I use leftover rice and bean for breakfast all the time – I love it, and who knew I was clever enough to follow a Columbian tradition. =)

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6 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie July 6, 2009 at 9:43 PM

Absolutely delicious savory breakfast! Love it!

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7 Felisha July 7, 2009 at 1:29 AM

They just keep getting better!! :)

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8 Pilar-Lechuza July 7, 2009 at 2:28 AM

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

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9 Taste Traveller July 7, 2009 at 3:29 AM

It’s funny how homesickness can be cured by food, and I think that’s a great way to start any day. This looks delicious!

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10 Erica July 7, 2009 at 7:04 AM

Thank you all for your comments!

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11 Eric July 7, 2009 at 10:51 AM

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 :)

Eric

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12 Marta July 7, 2009 at 11:10 AM

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!

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13 Sophie July 7, 2009 at 11:46 AM

What a satisfying & apart, lovely breakfast! It is so rich!

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14 Vinolia July 8, 2009 at 2:09 PM

wow, that is something royal for a breakfast :) that would be enough for me for the whole day!

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15 Kim July 8, 2009 at 6:39 PM

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!!

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16 Erica July 9, 2009 at 8:51 AM

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

Thank you all so much for the comments.

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17 Anna July 9, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Oh! Erica, you always make me hungry, this rice and beans looks yummy.

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18 nora@ffr July 10, 2009 at 8:59 AM

vat a delightful break fast.. yumm!!

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19 MIke July 10, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Just discovered the site. Can’t wait to try so many of these recipes. Thanks for the great posts.

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20 zerrin July 11, 2009 at 8:31 AM

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.

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21 sakr August 5, 2009 at 10:28 AM

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!

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22 Erica October 2, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog:)

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23 Christina November 7, 2009 at 11:12 AM

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

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24 tanaisha March 4, 2010 at 2:32 PM

this look’s so good that i can smell it even though im on the computer

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25 Vanessa April 21, 2010 at 9:16 AM

La comida colombiana es la mejor! Me siento tan ourgullosa de ser colombiana! :) AMO A COLOMBIA <3

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26 Anonymous March 30, 2011 at 9:20 AM

estudio gastronomia y me he dado cuenta que la comida colombiana es incomparable

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27 Victoria April 4, 2012 at 9:58 PM

How much does this meal cost?

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28 george ordonez January 10, 2013 at 4:18 PM

calentado is delicious i love this too!!!!

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29 Elizabeth February 8, 2013 at 10:05 AM

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!

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30 judy August 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

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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