Papas Chorreadas (Colombian Potatoes with Cheese and Tomato Sauce) Recipe

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Note: I prefer using canned tomatoes for the sauce, though fresh peeled roma tomatoes can be used if you have access to good ripe ones. If fresh mozzarella curds are unavailable, grated mozzarella, jack, or any other mild, white melting cheese can be used.

Recipe Details

Papas Chorreadas (Colombian Potatoes with Cheese and Tomato Sauce) Recipe

Prep 0 mins
Cook 35 mins
Total 35 mins
Serves 4 to 6 servings


  • 12 medium-sized Yukon Gold potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds)

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained and cut into 1/4-inch strips (see note)

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 6 ounces grated fresh cheese, preferably fresh mozzarella curds (see note)


  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water by 2 inches. Salt water generously, then place over high heat. Bring to a boil, and cook until potatoes are completely tender, about 20 minutes after boiling is achieved.

  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onions and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, adjust heat to maintain a gentle simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost no liquid remains, about 15 minutes. Add heavy cream, bring to a simmer, and cook until sauce comes together and has the consistency of light paint.

  3. Drain potatoes and transfer to a serving platter. Season sauce to taste, then stir in grated cheese, heating until cheese just barely begins to melt (it should stay chunky in light curds). Spoon sauce over potatoes, and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
456 Calories
25g Fat
50g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 456
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 31%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 391mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 38mg 190%
Calcium 190mg 15%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 1427mg 30%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)