True Dominican Sancocho (Latin 7-Meat Stew)
My fiance is from the D.R. and his mother has made me some amazing food! The first time she made sancocho I fell in love with it. It is often made with 7 different meats for a special festivity or holiday. I have simplified the meats in my version, but don't be afraid to use many kinds; this is my mimicked recipe. Great by itself or served the traditional way over rice. Super filling and even better the next day.
Chop and dice all vegetables to a uniform size.
You can use both bone-in and boneless beef, pork, and chicken. If using boneless, cut meats to roughly the same size.
You can add batatas as an extra starch vegetable, or substitute it for the eddeos.
Chicken bouillon cubes may be substituted for the beef cubes.
1 large naranja agria (bitter orange) may be substituted for the lemon.
In the last 10 to 15 minutes of cooking you can remove the lid to help the thickening process.