Hogao is a traditional Colombian creole sauce made with tomatoes, onions, scallions and spices. It's the base of a lot of popular Colombian dishes.
Hogao (Colombian Creole Sauce)
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup chopped scallions
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- 2 cups diced tomato
- Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the tomatoes, scallions, garlic, ground cumin and cook gently for 10 minutes, stirring until softened.
- Reduce the heat to low, add the salt and , cook for 10 minutes more, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened. Check and adjust the seasoning.
Hogao is one of the most traditional Colombian seasoning sauces. We use Hogao as a base for many typical Colombian dishes or just as a dipping sauce for Pátacones, Platanitos and Yuca frita or just as a topping for arepas. I keep it refrigerated for up to 1 week.
In Colombia you will find different versions of this sauce. I prepare this hogao the way my grandmother taught me as indicated in this recipe.