13 Must Try Colombian Foods

1. Bandeja Paisa

Bandeja Paisa is a classic dish out of Medellin must be eaten on an empty stomach because it is HUGE! The dish comes with beans, rice, fried pork belly (chicarrón), sausage (chorizo), avocado, ground meat (carne molida), a sweet plantain, an arepa and a fried egg. Again, be prepared to eat a lot! 

2. Arroz con Pollo

Arroz con pollo is a popular in Latin America, which Colombia has really perfected. Literally translated chicken with rice, the rice and chicken are cooked in a pot with chicken bouillon and other spices, producing a delicious final product.  

3. Lechona

Lechona is best cooked right in the belly of the pig, this pork dish is made with shredded pork, rice and corn and is made right there in the belly of the pig. Best in the cheapest locations you can find, especially at the stadiums. 

4. Pescado Frito

Fried fish from the coasts is a must try. You will get the entire fish right on your plate, fried up to perfection.  

5. Ajiaco

Ajiaco is a Bogota classic, potato-based soup, made with chicken and broth and served with sour cream, avocado, rice and capers; perfect for the cooler Bogota nights or for a hearty lunch. 

6. Arepas

Arepas are a true Colombian classic, a sort of corn pancake, is made differently in every region. Try them all! Our favorites are arepa de huevo, with a fried egg inside and arepa de choclo, a sweeter version, with cheese inside. 

7. Empanadas

Empanadas as with arepas, there are varying kinds of empanadas, pretty much anything your heart desires and generally always delicious. Our favorites are actually from the chain store Empanadas de Pipian. 

8. Picado

Meat is one of Colombia’s specialties and a picado will give you a great sampling of meats and potatoes (also a specialty). Different sausages, including the best blood sausage (morcilla) and chorizo, as well as beef and papas criollas or “ensalada” (baked potatoe) make for a great sampling. 

9. Chocolate con Queso

Chocolate con Queso: this is maybe one of the weirdest Colombian favorites, but is actually really delicious. Hot chocolate with a block of queso campesino, or the local cheese that sort of melts in the cup. Really great for breakfast. 

10. Cazuela de Mariscos

Cazuela de Mariscos is an awesome seafood soup, this is a delicious dish served in various parts of the country, with both coastal and river versions. 

11. Patacones

Patacones are pounded and fried plantains, which can come topped with a number of different toppings. Try them with hogao, an excellent sauce made of tomatoes and onions, as well as with sour cream. Great combo!   

12. Chocoflan

Chocoflan is an amazing dessert that has a base of chocolate cake, with a flan topping, covered on top with arequipe (the Colombian version of dulce de leche, but a bit thicker).

13. Pandebonos

Pandebonos is a light and fluffy cheese bread that make great breakfast or afternoon snack.