Treasures of Colombia: Beef and Mashed Potato (Colombian Street Food)

Beef and mashed potatoes sound like the perfect cold weather and comfort food to me.

Here in the plains of Villavicencio beef is eaten every day because there is an abundance of cattle in this region. The economy in this area depends on farming and the rearing of cattle, mostly cows.

treasures of colombia with stacey ann smith

Treasures of Colombia: Beef & Mashed Potato (Colombian Street Food)


We went to a restaurant in the Barzal neighborhood called Cholaos and my son ordered a tasty looking dish called Res y papa pure (beef and mashed potato). Aside from the main ingredients it also had strips of bacon and it was submerged in olive oil with a nice chimichurri sauce.

I am not sure if you can get this specific combination in other restaurants because this is a Cholaos innovation that can be found in any of their many locations in and around the city of Villavicencio.

Beef and Mashed Potato – Res y Papa Puré

The combination of the beef and mashed potato was very tasty, filling and warming to the stomach. You too can prepare this simple yet sophisticated and satisfying dish at home. Of course, you can add your own twist to it by adding other ingredients of your choice.

So, this coming Sunday or for an upcoming house event this dish will really gain you some winning points from your family and friends.


Treasures of Colombia by Denise Fyffe and Stacey Ann SmithStacey Ann Smith is from Kingston, Jamaica.  She is an alumnus of Camperdown High School and she graduated from The Shortwood Teachers’ College having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages, Spanish and French. Presently, Stacey is an English teacher at a University in Colombia.  She describes herself as a vivacious and loving person who also passionate about traveling, taking pictures, her son Nicholas and Ashley, her adorable feline.

Copies of the book, Treasures of Colombia, available at online bookstores.



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