by Erica Dinho on September 23, 2009

Triguisar006On those days when I feel homesick, it doesn’t mean I don’t like living in the United States and being an American citizen, but just that I miss my family and friends a lot. Those are the days that I will go to the closest Latin market and crazy or not, I go to the Colombian food aisle and feel like I am home. Just the other day I was walking in the supermarket looking for some Masarepa and I saw this little box of Triguisar and I was so happy that I wanted to buy a dozen! Maybe you are thinking, “what is the big deal, maybe she needs a shrink”.

Ok, so let me explain. This powdered seasoning is one of the most popular seasonings in Colombia. I grew up seeing it in my grandmother’s and mother’s kitchen and seeing it again in a market here in the USA made me really happy. Every time I call my mom in Colombia for a recipe, she tells me to use Triguisar. To this point, the closest seasoning to this one, that I found here, is Sazon Goya with Azafran. Although I really like it, just seeing this little box of Triguisar from Colombia gave me a great feeling! I am sure that a lot of Colombians living in other parts of the world and others, who no longer live in their home countries, can understand! I hope so, if not, maybe I really do need a shrink

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1 rebecca subbiah September 23, 2009 at 8:04 PM

oh I so understand how you feel i feel the same when i find a British product, why not do a guest on the things you miss most about back home for chow and chatter.


2 Sandra g September 23, 2009 at 9:21 PM

I don’t think you need a shrink at all, I understand perfectly well what you mean, I can find most Dominican ingredients (mine), but when I find some Peruvian ingredients (husband) at my local supermarket, I get so excited I what to scream right there in the middle of the isle! (there are very few Peruvians in the city we live in).


3 Erica September 23, 2009 at 9:23 PM

Hi Rebecca,
Thank you for your comment! I will send a post to you next week :)


4 Joy September 23, 2009 at 10:17 PM

I am so glad you found your Triguisar, I know how such a thing calls you back to family and home and makes your heart break and sing at the same time. You will have such enjoyment using this spice! Thankyou for such a lovely post!


5 SIlo September 23, 2009 at 10:33 PM

Hola Erica se perfecta,mente lo que dices lo que habals como lo sientes pues me siento muy identificada contigo en muchos aspectos, me encanto tu lomo apanado mi esposo quedo fascinado y porsupuesto yo tambien, solo quiero decirte que lo que escribes describes muchas cosas que yo siento y por las cualestambien yo como se que otros colombianos gracias………………….


6 Erica September 24, 2009 at 7:31 AM

Thank you for the nice comments!
Gracias por los comentarios!


7 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen September 24, 2009 at 12:55 PM

I don’t think you sound crazy at all. I remember how excited I was when I found brunost, a cheese that is widely available in Norway, at Whole Foods, when I came back to the states. It was amazing.


8 Mistli September 24, 2009 at 2:33 PM

No, you’re not crazy at all, it’s so nice of you to share your thoughts because alot of us feel the same way, so hearing your story makes us feel like we are ok too. Love reading your stories & really love your recipes!!


9 Gera @ SweetsFoods September 24, 2009 at 6:44 PM

It’s strong to have feeling for your origin! Never heard about this brand Triguisar.
Espero que te sientas mejor por extrañar a tus familiares…




10 Sophie September 25, 2009 at 3:27 AM

I don’t think that you are crazy,…I can understand that.
Your writing is truly entertaining!

We can buy Masarepa in our Asian supermarket.


11 Ben September 25, 2009 at 11:05 AM

I am with you 100%! Every time I discovered a new Mexican product in the market/grocery store my heart skips a beat. It doesn’t matter how much we love our new country, our old one will always be in our hearts :)


12 Kim September 25, 2009 at 11:25 AM

I can understand your excitement. Certain things remind us of home or a certain time in our lives. Plus, as a foodie, I get excited over all kinds of food in the grocery store!! I love the picture of the Triguisar, so retro looking!


13 Veronika Rojas September 25, 2009 at 12:08 PM

I’m glad you brought up “Triguisar” because I bought a box during my vancation in Miami, FL and I don’t really know how to use it. When does a recipe call for Triguisar?


14 Erica September 27, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Thank you all for your continued support!!!


15 Felisha September 27, 2009 at 11:12 PM

I understand! I cook more Colombian food than I cook food from the US..and it’s what I grew up eating. I fell in love with colombian food and culture when I met my husband. We travel about 40 min to a store called Jungle Jims that carries ethnic food from all over. I saw Triguisar, and wondered what it was..(I always look at where the food is from in the “Latino” section of the store. My husband proceeded to tell me his mom used that back home. I had never seen it before, but instantly put it in my cart. Although I have never seen a recipe in any of my colombian cookbooks (in spanish and english) that call for it, I have put it to my own use–mainly in lentils and beans. I read on the package that it is a seasoning that has to be cooked with the food..I would love to see some recipes that call for it!! :)


16 Erica September 28, 2009 at 7:52 AM

Hi Felisha,
Thank you so much! I truly appreciate all your comments :)


17 Oysterculture October 2, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Isn’t it funny how its just the little things that make us so happy. Glad you fond this little bit of home to make you feel better,


18 viviana October 2, 2009 at 6:55 PM

I get what you say and feel Erica. Luckily, I’ve been able to find it at a nearby Latino food store.I use it for almost everything! I love the taste and smell,which reminds me of my mamita’s cooking and of course, home…….


19 Juan R. January 3, 2010 at 1:22 AM

No You Do not need a shrink. And if you do then Every one of us who gets hope sick needs one I think it’s just that we never get used to leaving in other places with different environment than we grew up with.


20 Rachel February 7, 2010 at 9:41 PM

I am so happy I stumbled on to this site!! I had a Colombian friend that used to bring Triguisar from Columbia for me but we have lost touch over the years and I have been out of it forever. We are doing and international dinner night and I need this spice to make the yummy dishes that my long lost friend taught me years ago. Do you know of any grocery stores in Toronto, Ontario Canada that carry this spice??
On a personal not, you are not crazy and do not need a shrink at all. You are passionate about your homeland and probably miss it terribly. Little reminders of our homes like a familiar dish put a smile on our faces. There is nothing crazy or wrong with that!!!!! Cheers!


21 Erica February 8, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Rachel- Thank you so much for your comment! I don’t know any stores in Canada. Sorry!


22 stephanie February 9, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Hello Rachel & Erica!
I always joke with my Colombian husband, “Just add triguisar to make any dish Colombian!” LOL We use triguisar in all our Colombian dishes and when I make chili too! Surprisingly here in Canada my husband and I never have problems finding it. I’ve noticed that NO FRILLS a chain of grocery stores in Ontario often carries a variety of Colombian products! We always get our Triguisar, Manzana Postobon, Colombiana, Rollitos, Guyava Castipan and few other things at NO FRILLS!
Rachel is you live close to Oakville there is a great Latin market on Kerr st called Tropical, they have great South American stuff and Triguisar too! LOL We always buy our Colombian tamales and empanadas there!



23 Erica February 9, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Stephanie- Thank you so much for your comment!


24 KaDee February 12, 2010 at 5:49 PM

I feel the same about missing Colombian dishes and I was born in the US.
My parents are both Colombian so that is what we ate all the time. I dilute it with a little
water and mix it in with beef or chicken or fish after sauteeing the meat with cut onions,
garlic, tomatoes and then garnish with fresh cilantro. Now that I am moving to a distant
land which I know won’t carry this product. I plan to bring lots of boxes and use the food
sealer to retain freshness so I will have triguisar for a long time until the next visit.
My husband also loves Colombian food.


25 KaDee February 12, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Erica thanks for making this website as I like to try other Colombian recipes too.
I will pass this site along to my friends & siblings.


26 Erica February 12, 2010 at 7:24 PM

KaDee- Thank you so much for your comment!


27 Sandra G April 25, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Erica guess what? I had one of those moments today, last night my sister call me from a supermarket that we don’t usually go to and she said you have to come here! I see a lot of stuff that says Peru on them, I could not wait, so today I dragged my Peruvian husband to the supermarket and I got so exited that I kept saying “I think I’m going to have a hard attack”, almost half o an isle was Peruvian products! I saw things that I’ve only seen in Peru when we’ve travel there! (of course I bring as much stuff as I can when we go). But you now what? I also remember you!, because I saw boxes and boxes of “Triguisar”! and many more Colombian products, of course I had to buy a few boxes of it so that I can make more of your recipes!. I’m really surprise about all of this Peruvian and Colombian Products since the city I live in I’ve only met two Colombians and About Four Peruvians (my husband being one of them), sorry for the long post, but I think you would understand the excitement!


28 Gado-Gado Gal June 28, 2010 at 12:31 AM

I do feel the same way. My mom is Indonesian, and every once in a while I’ll find an Asian grocery that stocks an Indonesian product section. Sambal (chili sauces), kecap manis (thick, sweet soy sauce), gula Jawa (Javanese coconut palm sugar), terasi (dried shrimp paste), and Te Jahe (ginger tea) are my favorite items to find that help soothe the ache I feel for my mom who is so far away.

My partner is Colombian living in Australia. Australia is lucky enough to have a Colombian importer that gets everything from both Triguisar and Sazon Goya con Azafran, to Sol and Corona, to PAN and Doñarepa, to almidon de yuca, maiz trillado, and chontaduro. I bet you can find other importers of Colombian products where you live, or place an order for products through the distributor that supplies the store you found.

Also, I have one suggestion or request. Perhaps you can now add triguisar to all the recipes where you indicated Sazon Goya con Azafran. This way, people who can find Triguisar in stores know that they can use either in your dishes, especially since that’s what you would’ve used instead of Sazon Goya in your earlier recipes. What do you think?



29 Erica June 28, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Misha- Thank you so much for your suggestion and comment!


30 JM October 23, 2010 at 4:29 PM

I completely agree with in regards to any Colombian foods found in local supermarkets. I found a big box of Triguisar in LA but have not been able to find that same size in Florida. For those of you wondering how to use it, you can use it the same way you use salt and pepper or Lawry’s salt when coooking. I use it in eggs “huevos pericos” soups, stews actually anything I cook.
Nice webpage! I will make sure and bookmark it.


31 Miriam. November 3, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Hola! estoy muy contenta con esta pajina recomendada por mi hijo que es nacido en new jersey de padre colombiano y siempre me llamaba para preguntar por cualquier receta pues como todo los colombianos sus comidas siguen siendo higual como en colombia y el se acostumbro asi su señora es americana y yo siempre le decia busca a Ingrid la colombiana de univision en tonces un dia llamao y le volvi a decir lo mismo y el me dijo te mandare el link de Erica sus recetas son muy buenas ya hice el arros con pollo de Erica y me quedo delicioso .Disculpa tan largo el comentario pero yo ya soy adicta a Erica y Facebook jajaja._ SUERTE CON EL EMBARASO


32 Luz Adriana June 26, 2011 at 3:05 AM

Hi Erica, I do feel the same way when I found the Triguisar while I lived in Glendale, California. I felt that I was in home…because my mom always used it in her kitchen. My husband is Mexican and I cook some mexican dishes; I made pozole, the recipe is from his sister that lives in Guadalajara, Mexico, but I add triguisar and one day I made pozole and shared with my coworkers, they loved it, one of them said that is the best pozole that she ever ate, she is Mexican American and requested the recipe, When I gave it, I have to explain about the triguisar. Now I’m living in Escondido, Ca. and I found Triguisar in Vallarta Supermarket.


33 Danny September 4, 2011 at 4:03 AM

I have finally managed to track this down in the UK! I found it in a tiny little Colombian cafe, my Sudados have not been the same since! So so so happy!!


34 Angie May 7, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Ya estoy lista para hacer mi arroz con pollo con triguisar Yummy, Dios quiera me quede bien no soy buena cocinera


35 Nas June 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM

So do you guys know if Triguisar is the same thing as “Color”? like Color el Rey? I’m from Colombia and never heard of this product, weird? lol in my family we only use Color el Rey but in the states is like mission impossible to get it, so if you guys know if is the same thing :D dang it I’ll buy a truck full of it, since I have a goya store that carries it!
:D thanks!


36 sarita July 5, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Nas, I think Color is tartrazine which is added to foods to give them an attractive yellow colour (it is often used to replace the more expensive saffron), and Triguisar also contains it. Tartracine is also known as E102, and has been associated with behaviour problems and hyperactivity in children, so it should be used with caution, and is actually banned in many countries. It certainly adds appeal to food, but it is probably not wise to consume large amounts, which shouldn’t be a problem when eating a meal cooked with it, but kids should avoid soft drinks that contain it! I have a Colombian husband and he says I shouldn’t take it too seriously, but I have seen the effects of a medicine containing tartrazine on our son, he was climbing the walls!


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38 Chris Kelly Lasch April 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM

My son came home raving about his girlfriend’s mothers’ beef stew. He found out that she uses Triguisar in it. I went to several ethnic grocery stores yesterday and finally found it at El Bodegon (Florida).


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