Colombian Papa Salada (Salted Potatoes)


In Colombia, a special meal that can be shared at home has always been a good barbecue with all kinds of meats and a potato side dish, especially salted potatoes. And what are salted potatoes? They are boiled red potatoes that have been covered in salt. That’s it. It’s simple and very Colombian because the salt sticks to the potatoes as if they had just come out of the ocean, giving them a delicious flavor.

Another place where you can find salted potatoes are restaurants that sell roasted chicken, they always sell it in pieces with salted potatoes as side dish and the partner in crime of all Colombian meals, arepas. The reason why this type of meal is so popular in Colombia is because with one whole chicken, salted potatoes and arepas, you can feed between 4-6 people, depending on the portions, at a very reasonable price.

And if you want to make these potatoes even more delicious, you can serve them with a side of Colombian green hot sauce. With these potatoes you will have a great side dish as part of a good ol’ Colombian meal.

¡Buen provecho!

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Salted Potatoes

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  • Author: Diana
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Cuisine: Colombian


  • 1½ cup (354 ml) water
  • ½1 tbsp salt
  • 6 medium sized red potatoes


  1. In a medium pot mix the water and salt. Then add the potatoes, cover and bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook for about 35-40 minutes or until the water evaporates. Start swirling the potatoes inside the pot just before the water evaporates to make sure they are covered completely with the salt.
  3. Serve potatoes hot or cold. You can also serve them with a side of Colombian green hot sauce.

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