Bandeja Paisa Recipe from Colombia

by Rob W. on August 26, 2010 · 15 comments

Bandeja Paisa - a typical Colombian dish

How to make the Bandeja Paisa dish from Colombia

Bandeja Paisa is a typical dish from Colombia. It is not really a mix of ingredients but rather individual portions of food placed on a tray.

To make a traditional Bandeja Paisa, you need a portion of each of the following:
Red beans, white rice, fried mince, fried egg, chorizo fried, fried pork (meat or skin), sliced avocado, fried banana, arepa (flat bread made from cornmeal).

Put all of the ingredients on an oval plate or tray and serve.

In Colombian Spanish, Paisa is a shortened form of Paisano which describes the ‘countrymen’ from the Antioquia region, one of the oldest parts of Colombia in the north-west of the country.
The English translation of Bandeja is Tray.

Have you tried a Bandeja Paisa?
What did you think?

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Larry October 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm

My son plays soccer with 3 boys from colombia. i want to make them a common meal to stave off home sickness. I need a little direction on how to cook the rice, red beans, mince, arepa etc. can you help? High Point NC

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woodward October 30, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Sorry I can’t help you there, I just ate it, not made it!

Can any of our Colombian readers help us here?

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Lauren December 21, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Larry from High point…i am colombian from birth, but grew up in the states and didn’t have a mother past the age of 18. So learning how to cook traditional dishes has been a learning experience for me! All good though! Since this is a quick response to an entire meal, i’ll give you short cut tips to help complete the meal –
*Cook white rice as normal.
*canned red Beans, undrained, 2 tbsp of Goya Sofrito(Goya or from scratch), 1 pkt of Sazon con Culantro y Achiote (Goya), bring to boil, simmer at least 15 minutes.
* I’ve never made the meat, but traditional seasonings are- garlic, oregano, pinch of cumin, minced onion, salt/pepper. You will try to obtain the texture of a much finer ground beef but using a food processor. Be sure to drain meat from any liquids before putting into processor. Should be a bit dry. Many people use a roast beef.
*Arepa – These replace the “dinner roll” I always use Goya White Corn meal MASAREPA. Follow directions on back, these are super EASY. I sometimes toss in shredded mozz. cheese, or top with it as it comes off the pan. They take a bit of time, about 12 minutes. Typical frying pan should be able to hold 3-4 arepas..these are also used for breakfast with scrabled eggs in almost every colombian household. (tip- do not add too much water, will def be soggy, if you do, be sure to add a bit more cornmeal and that should fix it)
**Platno-Green are salty Yello/black are sweet (like the ones you would use for banana bread) This recipe calls for GREEN. Peel it- chop off ends and run knife from top to bottom making it easier to peel. These are twice fried. Heat oil about 1″ deep. Chop platano in about 1″ chunks. Fry until lightly golden. Remove from oil and press in between wax paper to flatten. I use the counter and a small cutting board. Leave it about 1/2″ thick. Fry again unitl it becomes golden. Sprinkle with salt immediately. ((if you wish to make sweet ones to try, these can be baked on foil lined sheet. Be sure to butter top and bottom of each chunk, but these will be sliced diagonally and about 1/2′ inch thick.))
*If that specific meat is not something you want to do, you can always make some steaks seasoned the same way. Remember- cumin, oregano, garlic, onion, slat, pepper and a splash of vinegar should do it. I make a marinade with those ingredients but i also add choppped cilantro, and olive oil, and lime juice. I hope you enjoy cooking!

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woodward December 23, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Thank you SO MUCH for the recipe Lauren. You will be helping A LOT of people that visit this page.
Saludos,
Rob W.

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Marcela February 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Larry.. You can prepare the rice as normal, just white rice.. For the beans also.. If you dont know how to make them just place them in hot watter one day before you cook them.. If u are going to cook it in a regular pot just put them with water with some spices and vegtables.. For the meat it has to be mince, just fried it also with spices and vegt.. It is more the way you want them.. Hope it would help u…

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Veronica August 23, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Hi guys! I’m from Colombia and all I can say about our traditional dish is that the key are the beans! The rest of ingredients can be cooked as you prefer, but beans are the most important part. Here you can see how to cook beans.

Red Beans
Ingredients

3 cups dried red beans (substitute canned or a different type of bean)
Carrot, rough chopped
Green plantain, finely diced
Salt
Pepper
Process
Soak dried beans over night in enough water to cover the beans plus an extra inch or so.
Pressure cook for 20 minutes.
Add carrots and pressure cook for another 20 minutes.
Remove carrots and place in a blender and whiz smooth with some of the cooking liquid. Return liquid to pot along with plantains.
Pressure cook for another 20 minutes.
*Tip of the day: You can tell when the beans are fully cooked when you can take one and split the skin by blowing on the seam of the bean.

Read more at Suite101: Bandeja Paisa Recipe: Traditonal Colombian Meal

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Rob W. August 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Thanks for this version of the recipe.

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Don September 6, 2011 at 3:45 am

I love colombian food so much.

@Larry make some Ajiaco for the boys. My wife and friends always have that when they are home sick

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erika September 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I think it is good to eat. I love this because I am Colombian.

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Lemell Cage March 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I like to eat different kinds of foods.

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Kelly June 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm

One of my housemates at college is Colombian and during spring break she pretty much gave me a taste-bud tour of all things Colombian. From Colombiana soda, to Jet chocolate candies, to her mother’s homemade fried chicken. We went out to a restaurant in White Plains, NY (there are a few in the area) and I had Bandeja Paisa, or a variation of it. It consisted of a massive plate loaded with rice and beans, a type of beef, plantanos, fried egg, the delicious bacon-like pork rind, and the arepa. We also tested some of the empanadas which were fantastic.

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Rob W. June 28, 2012 at 9:31 am

And I bet you weren’t left hungry after that meal. :)
I love Colombian empanadas, they’re so yummy.
Jet chocolate candies… Never saw those when I was in Colombia. I’ll have to check them out.

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Juan September 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm

I eat it everyday and I think there are things missing in the image such as a longer bacon and a much bigger portion of avocado. I don’t see the arepa either. Those are the main thing about the plate. Greetings from medellín.

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Rob W. October 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I probably ate them before taking the photo. I do that sometimes.

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Bob Lacombe November 21, 2012 at 1:31 am

Awsome! ! ! I went to a columbian freinds house tonight and his wife made us this amazing assortment of food. Marco and Martha were true ambasadors to their Comumbian heritage and name sake. I love this stuff – you got to try it once !!! (you might need a nap to help digest it – yummmmmmmyyyyyyyy!!!!)

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