Three Colombian Recipes to Eat Like in Encanto

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Learn to prepare the Colombian recipes that appear in Encanto, the Disney movie that everyone is talking about.

Photograph of a traditional soup from Bogotá, Colombia

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LatinAmerican Post | Nicolás Donoso

Recipes such as buñuelos, ajiaco and arepas appear throughout the film and show how rich and diverse Colombian and Latin American cuisine can be. We present three Colombian recipes you can eat just like in Encanto.

Undoubtedly, one of the most recent and brilliant successes of Disney has been the premiere of Encanto, a film that shows the customs, roots and melodies of the Andean country. A wonderful plot surrounded by magical realism and supernatural powers.

But the film does not shock or amaze only because of the aforementioned aspects, but also because of other issues such as dealing with the armed conflict, the particular way in which its characters are characterized and because of the food, which takes a primordial role throughout much of the tape.

For this reason, in the following article we will recommend three exquisite recipes so that you can cook them and enjoy them as much as they do in the movie that recently won the Golden Globe in the category of Best Animated Film.


The first course could not be other than the buñuelos, a sweet preparation with Spanish origins and which is one of the main foods consumed in Colombia. In order to prepare them you need to have a cup of flour, another of cornstarch, grated cheese, milk, a couple of eggs, vegetable oil, butter and, of course, a few tablespoons of sugar.

Once you have all the ingredients, you have to mix a large part of them in a container (with the exception of vegetable oil), until the dough is ready and then make spherical shapes. Then the vegetable oil is heated at high temperature and for a couple of minutes. To finish, the round buñielos are placed in the pot until they are completely browned.


There are different ways to prepare a delicious ajiaco. The ingredients you have to count on when making this dish are criolla potatoes (or some other yellow potato), pastusa potato and sabanera potato, chicken breast, chopped onion, chopped garlic cloves, corn cobs and, that really gives it its characteristic flavor, some guascas.

Regarding the way to prepare the ajiaco, the first thing to do is to add a good amount of water in a large pot, where the whole chicken breast should be put together with the main vegetables to be used. Everything should cook between 30 and 40 minutes. Later, the chicken should be removed from the pot and the potatoes to be used are placed in the same water where it was cooked for a couple of hours so that they can be diluted in a good way.

To finish, the remaining ingredients must be added together with the previously shredded chicken. Everything must be cooked together for (approximately) an hour and that way the ajiaco will be ready to be served.

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Whenever you have to talk about arepas, an immediate controversy is generated, since while for some people it is a typical dish from Venezuela, for another segment it is a preparation that has its origins in Colombia. Apart from any controversy that may arise in this regard, this product is one of the most consumed in both countries, since it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Its preparation often depends on the region of the countries, but the basic materials that you must have are: a cup of warm water, one or two tablespoons of butter, a cup of grated cheese and, of course, a cup of flour.

Once you have all the ingredients available, you have to put all the materials together in a container so that you have the dough. Then, with your hands, shapes of arepas should be made, whether circular or flattened disks. Followed by all that and once they have the desired shapes, they are thrown into the pan, which should be buttered, they are fried for a few minutes and they are ready to be served.

Let's eat like the characters of Encanto!