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Comfort Food of Bolivia

Comfort Food of Bolivia

APRIL  29,  2020    |    2  MINUTE  READ    |    GERSON AND BETSY  TEJEDA

Are you ready to try a Bolivian dish and cultural experience that will spice up dinner at home? We’ve gathered a traditional recipe and ways to pray for the country of Bolivia to change up your routine! Follow the steps we’ve outlined below by yourself or with your family. You can even invite friends and family to join you from a distance!

MUSIC: Contemporary Spanish Worship—Marcos Witt

A photo of Pique Macho, a main dish composed of beef, sausage, potatoes, and vegetables

RECIPE: Pique Macho, sometimes called Pique a Lo Macho


  • 2 lbs. beef cubed
  • 1 lb. sausages or hot dogs (our kids prefer hot dogs)
  • 8 medium potatoes, cut into french fries (or use frozen fries!)
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 onions diced and sliced (optional)
  • 2 or 3 Roma tomatoes, quartered (optional)
  • 4 chili peppers (optional—we don’t use)
  • 1 lemon for seasoning
  • 1 tsp. garlic
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Eggs (one per person)

A photo of cooked rice in a pan and the meat mixture in a skillet on the stove


  1. Heat the oil and fry the potatoes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Slice hot dogs and/or sausage. (If sausage has not been precooked, fry it in a little bit of oil first and set aside.)
  3. Cut meat into small pieces and season with salt, garlic, cumin, lemon juice, and pepper.
  4. Mix well and let soak in seasoning. Cook in skillet, adding diced onion.
  5. When beef is cooked, add the hot dogs/sausage to the beef, heating until warmed through.
  6. Heat water and boil eggs. Once boiled, peel off eggshells and cut in half.
  7. Reheat the oil and refry the french fries for three minutes. Drain and place on the bottom of a dish.
  8. Pour the meat mixture over the french fries. Garnish dish with raw sliced onions, cut raw tomatoes, and hard-boiled eggs.
  9. Serve. (Optional: add ketchup, mayo, and mustard.)

A photo of Jayden, Edson, and Hadasa Tejeda around the dinner table

Bolivian tradition: Piling everything together on a plate is how this dish is usually served in Bolivia. Gerson made rice to go along with it because he doesn’t believe it’s a real meal unless you have rice! It’s not normally served with rice, however.


  • Pray for Ministry Opportunities: Pray for wisdom and creativity in how to continue ministering during this pandemic.
  • Pray for Missionaries’ Finances: Please pray for God to provide finances for missionaries on Homeland Ministry Assignment to return to join their teammates on the fields.

Author Bio: Gerson and Betsy Tejeda have served on the Texas/Mexico border since 2010. They met in Bolivia, which is where Gerson grew up. As WGM global workers, they love sharing family time, building relationships, and coaching soccer. They have three children: Jayden, Edson, and Hadasa.

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