Northern Latin American Recipes

A taste of Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador

This area of South America includes three distinct regions: coastal areas, abundant in fish and fruit; the sierra, or highlands, where potatoes, rice and meats are abundant; and the Amazon, rich with rainforest-friendly vegetables and fruits, such as coconut, mango, avocado and guava.

In the highlands of Bogota, Colombia, a typical chicken soup includes plentiful potatoes and root vegetables and is served with a classic salsa known as aji. To the east in Venezuela, part of the Amazon, you'll find Pabellón Criollo, a hearty pulled-beef dish cooked until the meat is falling apart. Locals pair the tender meat with simple white rice and black beans. Over in Ecuador's lowlands, Chupe de Corvina y Camarones is a satisfying stew of striped bass and shrimp. And across all South America, thick round corn cakes, arepas, are a staple.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Middle Latin American Recipes

A taste of Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay

Southern Latin American Recipes

A taste of Argentina and Uruguay

Glossary of Latin Cooking Terms

Navigate Latin American markets and menus with confidence and ease.

Traditional Mexican Recipes

Beyond tacos and tostadas: true south-of-the-border fare

Giada's Vegetarian Delight Recipes

Get Giada's easy and delicious vegetarian, Italian-inspired recipes.

Bobby Flay's Top Ten Grilling Tips

The grilling guru shares his secrets to all-star steak.

Jewish Cooking

Find 1000s of Food Network's best recipes from top chefs, shows and experts. And watch videos demonstrating recipe prep and cooking techniques.

Star in Training

The Next Food Network Star winner Aarti Sequeira takes us through the making of her new show, Aarti Party.

Guy's 10 Tailgating Rules

If anyone can pull off a party in a parking lot, it's Guy Fieri. The Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives star is a die-hard football fan.

Get Cooking