Cookbook:Sancocho (Dominican Meat and Vegetable Soup)

Sancocho (Dominican Meat and Vegetable Soup)
Category Stew recipes
Servings 6
Time Marinade 2 hours
Cook 2 hours

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes | Caribbean cuisine

Sancocho, popular in the Dominican Republic, called by many its national dish.


Marinade and chicken:Edit




  1. In bowl of a food processor or blender, combine orange juice, lemon juice, parsley, cilantro, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper, and process until combined.
  2. Pour mixture into a non-reactive bowl, add chicken and stir to combine.
  3. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours.


  1. Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. When hot, use a slotted spoon to lift the chicken out of the marinade and place in the pot, reserving marinade. Cook chicken until opaque, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add reserved marinade, vegetable stock and water to the pot, and bring to a boil.
  3. Add onion, sweet potato, potato, plantain, corn, jalapeño, salt and pepper.
  4. Bring back to a boil, reduce to low and cook partially covered for 1 to 1½ hours.

Tips, Notes, and VariationsEdit

  • To serve, ladle soup into bowls and top with a small scoop of rice, if desired. Pass hot sauce and cilantro at the table.
  • Because this soup has a long simmering time, choose an unripe green plantain rather than a ripe yellow or black-colored plantain, which has a softer texture.
  • Each cook makes his own recipe for sancocho, combining root vegetables with different kinds of meat, some with up to seven meats.
  • To make the soup even more authentic, add a small peeled cubed yuca root to the broth, along with the other vegetables.