A few weeks ago an American reader asked me what is the most popular traditional Colombian breakfast, and a lot of dishes immediately came to mind: arepa con quesito, huevos pericos, caldo de costilla, tamal, changua, calentado and cayeye, so I've decided to write a post about it.
Here are ten of the most popular Colombian breakfast dishes:
1. 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.
2. Changua is a typical breakfast in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia. Until recently, I had never made Changua and I didn’t have a recipe. My mom loves this egg soup, so I gave her a call hoping that she had a recipe. Well, she did so now that’s two of mom’s recipes in a row.
3. Arepa con Quesito is what I usually eat for breakfast everyday. It is simple and quick to make and one of my favorites.
4. Huevos Pericos is a quick and easy egg recipe and is one of the most popular breakfast dishes in Colombia which we serve with arepa, cheese and hot chocolate.
5.Caldo de Costilla is a rich and delicious soup made with beef ribs, potatoes, carrots and herbs, and is from the Andean region of Colombia. This Beef Soup is usually served for breakfast and it is the best cure for a hangover, or Guayabo in Colombia.
6. There are many variations of Tamales in Colombia, but they all have something in common, and that is Colombian Tamales (Tamales Colombianos) are all wrapped in banana leaves. I am going to post many types of tamales recipes on my blog, but to start let me introduce you the Tamales Antioqueños, from the region Antioquia, my hometown. This tamales recipe is my mom’s and they are delicious.
7. Cayeye, also called Mote de Guineo, is a traditional Colombian dish from the Caribbean Coast of the country. Cayeye is made by cooking small green bananas (guineos) in water, then mashing and mixing them with refrito, made with onions, garlic, red bell pepper, tomato and achiote.
8. This Arepa Boyacense is from El Boyacá department of Colombia, located in the Andean region of the country, and it is made with yellow pre-cooked corn meal (masarepa), all purpose flour, sugar and fresh cheese. I love the combination of sweetness from the sugar with the saltiness of the cheese. This Arepa Boyacense is absolutely delicious.
9. Arepa de Huevo is a typical dish from the Caribbean region of Colombia where they are sold at street stalls. These arepas are served in Colombian homes for breakfast, but I remember my family making them for dinner, so you can serve them at any time of the day.
10. Migas de Arepa: This dish of eggs scrambled with pieces of arepa and tomato-onion sauce is a popular breakfast served in Colombia. There is no better way to start the day! You can serve this dish with Colombian chorizo, avocado and beans on the side. Migas de Arepa is designed to use up old corn arepas. The results won’t be the same if you use arepas made with masarepa. And by the way, migas means “crumbs” in English.
It all looks wonderful.
Its 5pm and I am so hungry, everything looks so delicious! Where to start?
on the website
I want breakfast. NOW.
What I love about all these Colombian breakfast dishes is the "soulfulness" of these dishes- real, simple and delicious.
They are so hearty and delicious!
All the more reasons not to skip breakfast huh! Who can resist!
Luz Adriana Guzman
Erika tienes la receta de Lasagna con pollo?
Hola Adriana, tengo la receta de lasagna de pollo con champiñones: https://www.mycolombianrecipes.com/lasagna-de-pollo-con-champinones-chicken-and-mushroom-lasagna/
Pronto voy a publicar la de pollo con cerdo.
All of these sound crazy delicious!!
Swapna Raghu Sanand
What a magnificent culinary spread! I totally loved reading this post and will share it with my friends, that's for sure. Also, scribbling down some recipes from your blogpost. Would love to see some Colombian dessert recipes too.
Everything looks so good!!
Maria Teresa Trianera
Espectacular, recordar nuestras tradiciones viendolas tan reales.
today I finally decided to give a try to the "Roscones" recipe,hope everything comes out well.wish me good luck.
I'm glad you posted this, I have been looking for caldo con huevo recipe. The only difference is adding potatoes and white onion. Also in Bucaramanga, Colombia we add steps to it. So delicious! Thank you for posting.
*AREPA* we add arepa (not steps) to el caldo. Autocorrect...
GREAT ARTICLE!!!! THANKS FOR THE FOOOOOOOD!
Thank you God for Colombian breakfasts! I miss each one of them.....
What about real traditional food as in indigenous dishes and recipes?
I lived in Colombia in the late 70's and these recipes bring back a lot of memories. A couple are new to me: Migas de arepa and Cayeye. One of my favorite breakfast combinations is chocolate con queso with an arepa de huevo. Thanks!!
I dont eat any of that but it all looks delcoius so I will defeintly try some of that stuff espacily the Arepa de Huevo