Colombian Food is Not “Mexican Food”

Posted on 11/03/2013

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Many people wrongly assume that Colombian food is the same as Mexican food. I often get the question, “Do you eat tacos and burritos in Colombia?” or “Is the food extremely spicy?” For people who think Colombian food is the same as Mexican food—you are in for a real shock! Colombian food couldn’t be more different from Mexican food, and is quite unique when compared to food from other Andean and Latin American countries.

First of all, most people are surprised to learn that Colombians are extremely sensitive to anything spicy, and hardly ever use hot peppers or anything similar in their dishes. That is not say, however, that Colombian food is bland or without flavor. Colombian dishes often have other spices and herbs such as: cilantro (a true Colombian favorite), parsley, guascas (known as “gallant soldier” or “potato weed”), and chives that add wonderful flavor. Colombians also…

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