Locro is a hearty potato-cheese soup that is popular in Ecuador and Peru. Top with sliced avocado to serve.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
35 mins
50 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir onion and garlic in hot butter until onion is translucent, 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Stir potatoes, chicken stock, and milk with the onion mixture; season with salt and pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cook at a simmer until potatoes are tender and falling apart, 30 to 45 minutes.

  • Mash potatoes lightly to help thicken the soup, while keeping some chunks in the soup. Remove pot from heat and stir cheese into the soup to melt.

Cook's Notes:

Water can be used in place of chicken stock, if needed.

Either queso fresco or mozzarella cheese can replace the Muenster cheese in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

262 calories; protein 8.3g; carbohydrates 25.5g; fat 14.7g; cholesterol 42.2mg; sodium 678.5mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
Amazing tastes delicious! I used an entire small onion though. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
I think it was a really good soup. I thought that it was very flavorful and I enjoyed it. I think that I would make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Amazing tastes delicious! I used an entire small onion though. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
So So Good! Reminds me of going to the Galapagos. Love this and highly recommend Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Never had this soup before so I can't say how it measures up to its namesake but I liked it. If I did anything differently I would mash fewer potatoes leaving more cubes in the soup (personal preference) and thicken with a little cornstarch slurry if necessary. Muenster cheese is not bold (very mild) and the chicken broth adds needed flavor so I'd recommend making this soup only with broth not water. Didn't have an avocado for a garnish but will try that next time. Read More