Sancocho Trifásico

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Sancocho is a hearty, thick stew featuring meat, root vegetables, herbs and special spices. This Sancocho Trifásico stew has all of that, but includes three different meats (“Trifásico”). If you want a true, satisfying, and filling “meal in one” dish, Sancocho Trifásico is just what you are looking for.

Sancocho Trifásico

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Sancocho Trifásico Recipe-

  • 8 chicken thighs or legs, skins removed
  • 1 lb. pork ribs, ribs sliced apart and deboned
  • 1 lb. beef stew meat (chuck roast works great), chopped into large bite-sized chunks
  • 3 ears of sweet corn, chopped into thirds
  • 2 green plantains, peeled and crosscut into 2” chunks
  • 4 medium sized potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 4 cobs of corn, chopped into large chunks
  • 1 lb. yuca root, peeled and chopped into large bite-sized chunks
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and rough chopped
  • 6 large cloves garlic, peeled and rough chopped
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. ground achiote (an absolute must have ingredient, for authentic Colombian cuisine flavor)
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  1. Place the garlic, cumin, red bell pepper, onions and achiote in an electric blender with 1/4 cup of water; pulse into one mixture but still chunky–not real smooth.
  2. In a large, deep cooking pot, place all three meats, plantains, corn, and onion/garlic/pepper mixture. Also add in some salt, to taste.
  3. Pour 12 cups of water into the pot and bring to a vigorous boil, then cover the pot and reduce the heat to medium and cook at a lively simmer for about 45 minutes.
  4. Now add in the yuca and the potatoes, corn and yucca, and continue to simmer the dish for another half an hour, or until the vegetables are fork tender.
  5. Stir in the cilantro, do a taste test, and adjust seasonings as needed.
  6. Serve your Sancocho Trifásico in large soup bowls, dividing the meats and vegetables up equally.
  7. Sancocho Trifásico is nicely complimented with fresh slices of avocado and lemon wedges.