Hogao - Colombian Tomato and Onion Sauce

“Hogao is a very important condiment in Colombian cooking. It's a savory mix of tomatoes, onions, garlic, and cilantro - sautéed until soft and fragrant. Hogao is very personal - every family has their own version, so experiment and make it your own. The Sazón Goya is optional - it adds flavor (MSG) and some golden color. You could substitute chicken bouillon and a pinch of turmeric. Hogao is served as a condiment alongside many dishes, such as bandeja paisa and arepas, but it's also used as a base preparation or seasoning. To make delicious Colombian red beans, for example, you start with a basic hogao.”
1 1/2 cups

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the chopped onions, tomatoes, green onions, green pepper, garlic, olive oil, cumin, and sazón goya in a large skillet.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until vegetables are soft and fragrant, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the cilantro and continue to cook for about 5 more minutes, until the mixture is very soft and well mixed. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Hogao can be stored for up to a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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