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Rice Soup with Powdered Beef

This rice soup is comforting, flavorful and filling. One of my favorite Colombian soups.

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Rice Soup with Powdered Meat It is a traditional soup served in Colombian homes. It’s a very popular soup in the Andean region where I was born and raised.

What is Meat Powder?

Carne en Polvo literally translates as powdered beef. As a side dish it can be a bit bland if you eat it alone, but it’s great when it’s served with other dishes like our famous Bandeja Paisa or with this rice soup recipe.

Some people like to add hogao to their powdered meat and cook it with oil for a couple of minutes on top of the stove. This makes the beef more flavorful, feel free to make this variation if you prefer.

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Rice Soup with Beef Recipe

Erica Dinho

Prep Time 10 mins

cook time 35 mins

total time Four. Five mins

course soup

Cuisine Colombian

Servings 4 servings

calories 281 kcal


for the soup

  • ¾ cup rice uncooked
  • one cup of sauce sauce see recipe here
  • one teaspoon ground cumin
  • one teaspoon ground achiote or seasoning with color
  • 8 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 2 potatoes peeled and diced
  • one cup diced carrots
  • one cup peas fresh or frozen
  • ¼ cup finely chopped coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Place all the soup ingredients in a medium pot. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to medium cook for about 35 minutes, stirring occasionally or until both the peas and carrots are tender.

  • Add more chopped cilantro and serve in a bowl with hogao, carne en polvo, avocado and ají.


calories: 281kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 10gfat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 9mgsodium: 1777mgpotassium: 778mgFiber: 6gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 5709UIVitamin C: 38mgcalcium: 66mgIron: 2mg

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I can’t remember a time when I didn’t eat Rice Soup with Powdered Meat. We’ve been eating it in my family since I was old enough to chew. Years later, when I see it or taste it, it makes me feel warm and cozy inside. It really epitomizes the notion that food doesn’t always have to be fancy or made to impress, but can simply make people feel comfortable.

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This soup is warm, comforting, and in my opinion, it’s the perfect winter meal. I served my Rice Soup with Powdered Meat with avocado, hogao, banana, lime wedges and aji on the side, like my grandmother and mother served it before me.

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If you are looking for a traditional, simple and delicious Colombian soup to warm you and your family, try this one, you will not be disappointed! This rice soup is the ultimate in comfort… full, hearty, and paired with powdered meat, totally deserving of being a complete meal. I loved it!

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Looking for more soup recipes? Here are some of my favourites:

Coconut and Fish Soup

Chicken and Rice Soup

Crab and Coconut Soup

Alphabet and Chicken Soup

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