This is my mom's Puerto Rican comfort soup. The mix of vegetables and herbs is an influence of the Spanish Canary Island ancestors of some Puerto Rican families. The soup was adjusted to the vegetables available in Puerto Rico by the addition of corn and pumpkin. In the Canary Islands of the 1700s, corn was only fed to farm animals! In Puerto Rico, some cooks now add ginger root, chile pepper, cumin, and other ingredients but I believe it destroys the original rich natural vegetable taste. Similar Spanish sancocho recipes were passed on to other Spanish colonies such as Columbia. Serve hot with bread to soak up the delicious flavor.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
40 mins
cook:
2 hrs 20 mins
total:
3 hrs
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat; add onion, garlic, cilantro, white pepper, oregano, and salt. Cook and stir until onion is browned and very tender, about 20 minutes. Add stew meat; cook and stir until meat is browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes.

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  • Pour enough water over meat mixture to fill pot 3/4 full; add tomato sauce and beef bouillon.

  • Mix green beans, carrots, celery, chayote squash, white beans, cabbage, green banana, yellow plantain, llautias, potatoes, pumpkin, corn, and green bell pepper (in this order), cooking and stirring after each addition. Cook until all the vegetables are tender and stew has formed a rich broth, 2 to 3 hours. Add more water or salt if needed.

Cook's Notes:

Many of the vegetables can be found in the International Markets. Several have alternative names. Llautia may be Yautia or Malanga. Chayote is a type of squash.

Name, a root vegetable, can be used in place of 1 of the potatoes.

Nutrition Facts

424 calories; protein 19.4g 39% DV; carbohydrates 73.8g 24% DV; fat 7.8g 12% DV; cholesterol 30mg 10% DV; sodium 275.6mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2020
This came out delicious! I added Chorizo but otherwise it was yummy. My Equadorian in laws(who are great cooks) loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2019
I made this sancocho when my dad died and everyone in the wake were amazed. Years later, they still remember the taste and they ask for it at any family event. Thank you for such amazing recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2020
This came out delicious! I added Chorizo but otherwise it was yummy. My Equadorian in laws(who are great cooks) loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2019
I made it exactly as is printed loved it! It reminded me growing up in Puerto Rico! I m glad all recipes have this kind of recipes from P.R.! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2018
Not quite like they make it in Panama but this is VERY tasty! Read More