Colombian Food

Just like it's diverse terrain, Colombia has a wide range of different cuisines. Depending on the region you are visiting, the local foods reflect the climate, history, geography, and population of the area. In one area, you might enjoy unique tropical fruits such as the zapote and nispero while on the other side of the country, you might enjoy a delicious plate of roasted ants or "Hormigas Culonas" (Large-bottomed ants).

Fortunately, for the average traveler who does not look forward to a meal of roasted ants, most Colombian dishes consist of meats including Beef, pork, sausage, chicken, and wide varieties of fish. Meets are grilled, put into stews, fried with corn, and used in many different ways in Colombia. Usually accompanying these meats are arepas (Fried Corn), plantains (usually fried), rice, beans, and potatos. A wide variety of tropical fruits grow in Colombia, most of them you have never even heard of.

In the Andean region, including Bogota, the traditional food is ajiaco which is a soup made from chicken, corn, potatoes, avocado, and local herbs. Additionally, the Bandeja Paisa is very popular which is a Bar-B-Q type dish made from grilled meats, rice, beans, fried eggs, and arepas.

Along the Northern caribbean coast, you tend to see spicier dishes and a more frequent use of fish such as lobster. Arepas are a popular dish in the caribbean coast as well as in other Latin American countries. The arepa is  a fried patty of corn or flour that is sometimes stuffed with anything from cheese to eggs, vegetables or meats.

Grilling of meats in a Bar-B-Q type setting is also typical, especially in the East.

Traditional Colombian Foods
Following is a list of authentic Colombian foods.

Arepas
A staple of Colombian cuisine. As common in Colombia as the french fries. An arepa is a fried patty of corn dough or flour that is filled with meats, cheese's, or vegetables.

Ajiaco
A Colombian soup made out of chicken, potatoes, corn, sour cream, capers, avocado and traditional herbs such as guasca.

Coconut Rice
"Arroz con coco" is a very unique dish where rice is cooked with coconut milk and sugar to give it a sweet and tasty flavor.

Suero
A yogurt type dish that can be eaten alone or on top of arepas, fried plantains, or other dishes.

Sancocho: A traditional soup
Depending, on the region, a different form of mean can be used. Typically, it is chicken or beef, but a particular fish that is common to the area it is eing cooked in might also be used.  The meat is mixed in a broth with potatos, yuca, corn, and various other vegetables.