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Bandeja paisa

Bandeja paisa, (spanish for "Paisa Platter") also known as bandeja de arriero, bandeja montanera, or bandeja antioquena, is a typical fusion cuisine Colombian dish. It is very popular, especially in the Paisa Region departments (Antioquia, the Colombian Coffee-Growers Axis, and part of Valle del Cauca.

The main characteristic of this dish is the oversized amount of food and the wide variety of ingredients, which dont allow this dish to be served in a single regular plate, so it must be served in a Platter or a Tray


The origin of the Bandeja Paisa was influenced by several different cultures that inhabited Colombia throughout the centuries, including the Indigenous peoples of Colombia, as well as colonial Spaniards and Africans. In the 19th century, there was presence of French and British colonialists who brought their cuisine with them.

The current form and presentation of the Paisa Platter is relatively recent. There are no references in the food writing about this dish before 1950. It is probably an interpretation of the local restaurants of simpler peasant dishes. One of its most prominent features is the juxtaposition of native american and European ingredients, which is also observed in other mestizo dishes of Latin American cuisine, such as venezuelan Pabellon criollo or Costa Rican Gallo Pinto.


Paisa Platter must be served in large oval-shaped trays. There are 13 main ingredients that must be present for the dish to be considered a canonical Bandeja Paisa:

Red beans cooked with pork

White rice

Ground meat

Pork rind

Fried eggs

Plantain Patacones

Chorizo with Lemon


Hogao sauce

Black pudding


Side dish:

Mazamorra (Maize-derived beverage similar to Atole) with Milk

Grinded Panela

There are several variants of the dish all over the country with deletion or addition of ingredients, which cannot be recognized as Bandeja Paisa in stricto sensu. Some Antioquian restaurants offer an "extended" Bandeja Paisa, also known as "Seven Meats Platter" which contains, besides the afforementioned ingredients: grilled steak, grilled pork and Liver. A dieting friendly version of the dish is very popular in Bogota, which replaces pork with grilled chicken breast, black pudding with salad and chorizo with a weenie.

The Bandeja Paisa is nutritious, and particularly rich in protein from the beans and meat, but also contains a large amount of carbohydrates.

Colombian national dish

In 2005 the Colombian government planned to make bandeja paisa the national dish, with name changed to "bandeja montanera" (mountain tray) to avoid the exclusion of people outside the Paisa Region. A number of people opposed this designation, arguing that only a small percentage of the Colombian population consumes it in regular basis, that it is originated in a single region of Colombia (Antioquia) and so on. However, the suggested alternative, sancocho, is not a dish distinctively Colombian, as it is known and enjoyed in many other countries like Panama, Venezuela, Canary Islands, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Due to the widespread ubiquity of sancocho, often Colombian ajiaco is instead indicated as the most indicative Colombian dish.

Nonetheless, the commercial Colombian tourism industry has pushed ahead without official government sanction by blazening ads, menus, and brochure information with imagery of the bandeja paisa as the single most typical Colombian dish.. On his release from an 8 year kidnap ordeal Oscar Tulio Lizcano said the meal he wanted to eat was the Bandeja paisa.

See also

Colombian cuisine

Paisa Region

Full course dinner

This is why you're fat

External links and Recipes

Bandeja Paisa recipe in "Asterisco"

Artes y saberes de la bandeja paisa

Recipe for Bandeja Paisa

Bandeja Paisa pictures.

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