Cooking with a Colombian Twist

Since being in Colombia for 1 week now I’ve discovered some favorite foods that are readily available: avocado, beans, tomatoes & onions. Last night we made delicious chicken & steak fajitas with a Colombian twist.

The first twist is the pico de gallo, which is basically homemade salsa, but better & totally natural. It’s a delicious combination of tomatoes, onions, fresh lime juice, cilantro and salt & pepper (if you don’t have fresh cilantro, you can substitute with cumin)

Another twist is to pan fry the beans. Without draining them; cook until all the liquid has dissolved, and they become a thick paste. It doesn’t look very appetizing, but they are so good. Kind of like a warm hummus.

And of course we made a simple guacamole that consisted of: avocado, lime juice, cilantro, and salt & pepper. We also cooked up some chicken & steak, and the best part is that they don’t use any antibiotics or hormones in their meat here – it’s local & natural.

We also managed to find some whole wheat wraps!

Last, but not least – John and I enjoyed an ice-cold Club Colombia while cooking.

Final product!

We didn’t use a recipe, but if you want to try and make Pico de Gallo at home you can follow this:

Pico de Gallo

1 large tomato coarsely chopped
1 white onion diced
2 limes juiced
¼ cup of fresh, chopped cilantro (substitute: 1 tsp cumin)
salt & pepper


Mix ingredients together and season to taste with salt & pepper

Add a Colombian twist to your next meal! Not only can you use this in fajitas, but it could also be a great topping for white fish, grilled meats, salads, chilli and as a bruschetta-like topping for an easy appetizer.

Here’s where I’m writing my blogs these days – not bad right?


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8 Responses to Cooking with a Colombian Twist

  1. Aileen January 12, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    Hi Lauren! I found your blog by following a link you posted on a recipe for Quinoa cookies. I’ve enjoyed reading through the posts, and I am definitely adding you to my ‘must follow’ list. I’m watching the snow fall here in St. Louis, Missouri, USA — and your pix of Colombia were a welcome reminder of sunshine. Thanks for the great blog!

    • Lauren January 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

      Thanks for the comment & the follow Aileen! I will continue posting pics of beautiful Colombia and the food & adventures I come across…I’m from Canada, so I know a little bit about snow 🙂 Stay warm!

  2. mom January 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Awesome! these are my favorite foods. What is behind you in the pic that you are having dinner? xoxox

    • Lauren January 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

      What? The cats? They are decor 🙂

  3. Sara January 13, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    I am so going to make this recipe! I felt like I was running out of dinner ideas, and this sounds AMAZING and easy. xo

    • Lauren January 17, 2012 at 9:30 am #

      Perfect – it’s healthy, easy & yummy 🙂

  4. Holly January 16, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    Hey Laur! Love reading and seeing your pics! Glad to hear you’re having an amazing time – keep posting.

    • Lauren January 17, 2012 at 9:28 am #

      Thanks Hol!! xo

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