Sabroso Saturday: Puerto Rican Sancocho Recipe

by Migdalia Rivera

It’s Sabroso Saturday (Translation: Tasty Saturday)! The day when we share recipes that have helped us stretch our budget, our imagination and our taste buds, without sacrificing our health!


This week’s recipe is a request from one of my Twitter followers, who wanted an authentic Puerto Rican Sancocho recipe.

Sancocho is a type of stew found in many Caribbean and Latin countries. Recipes vary based on location.  Puerto Rican Sancocho is usually made from chicken, beef, or pig’s feet.

Sancocho is a great when you just want a hearty no fuss stew or on a cold winter day.

As a child, my padrasto/stepfather, Mario, made Sancocho de patitas or pig’s feet sancocho.  Sadly, he passed away in 1994 and we lost many of his “famous” and sabroso/tasty homemade recipes, including the Sancocho de Patitas recipe.  The below recipe was given to me by my sister, Margarita. It is made with beef not pork feet. I have to admit I don’t know if she created the recipe or used a cook book so I can’t give full credit yet.* She’s currently moving and could not get back to me by the time of posting. I will update the post when she does.

Metropol Restaurant, San Juan PR

Puerto Rican Sancocho  


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 pounds top round beef, cubed into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger-root
  • 1 chili pepper; seeded and minced
  • 5 sprigs of cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon pulverized rock salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/3 cup Burgundy wine
  • 4 medium tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • 4 quarts beef stock
  • 2 green bananas, peeled and slice into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 yellow plantain, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium sweet potato (1/2 pound), diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound butternut squash, peeled and cubed into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 medium new potatoes, scrubbed clean and quartered
  • 1 large chayote, peeled, cored, and diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 ears of corn, cleaned and sliced into 6 parts each

How to make it

  1. In a preheated kettle over low-to-medium heat, combine olive oil, garlic, beef cubes, and onions.
  2. Stir until beef is brown on all sides and onions begin to caramelize.
  3. Fold in chopped pepper, celery, ginger-root, chili pepper, cilantro, cumin, salt, white pepper, burgundy wine, tomatoes, and 1 quart of beef stock.
  4. Cook down until stock is reduced by half.
  5. Stir beef, then fold in all the remaining vegetables and beef stock.
  6. Continue to cook until meat is tender and the vegetables soft.
  7.  Serve alongside fresh bread and white rice.

¡Buen provecho!

*UPDATE: My sister discovered this recipe online. She can’t recall which site so if you happen to discover it or know which one, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due!


Do you have a Sabroso Saturday recipe you would like to share? It’s easy!

If you are a blogger, you can share any sabroso/tasty recipe you have posted this week on your blog by adding a DIRECT link to it below.

If you do not blog but have a Latinalicious recipe that you would like to share, shoot me an e-mail at MsLatina (AT) with “Sabroso Saturday” in the Subject line. If I am able to make it at home and my family enjoys it, I will feature it!

Readers can view linked-up recipes by clicking on the recipe names below.

Enjoy & have a healthy Sabroso Saturday!

About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carolyn G November 13, 2010 at 11:42 am

This looks delicious! OMG to have some of this on a cold winter day. In Costa Rica we make something similar called Olla de Carne. This is a little more complicated but I bet just as tasty.
Carolyn G recently posted..Winner!!! Pillsbury Grands Mini Biscuit Prize Pack!

2 Ofelia November 13, 2010 at 11:47 am

OH. MY. GOODNESS. This sancocho looks like the real deal, chayote and everything. I’m marking it. When the weather gets really chilly I can make this on a Friday night. Then go to sleep “con la barriga llena y corazon contento”
Ofelia recently posted..Coconut Flan – Sabroso Saturday

3 Romina Mamá XXI November 13, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Esta es un receta que viene como anillo al dedo, para esos días helados de invierno !! Muchas gracias por compartirla!! I never try it before, but I’d love to do it!!
Romina Mamá XXI recently posted..Zantac- Cupón de Alto Valor

4 Maybelline @ Naturalmente Mamá November 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm

sancochos are the best.. Bien caribeño!

5 Catalina November 13, 2010 at 1:33 pm

I’ve never heard of Sancocho. It’s sounds perfect for a cool autumn dinner. Yumm!! *drools*
Catalina recently posted..Linguine with sausage n mushrooms- Sabroso Saturday

6 Marcela November 13, 2010 at 5:45 pm

All of you are making me really hungry! Sancocho sounds delish!!!

7 Tonia Sanders @thechattymomma November 13, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Mmmmm, this looks so delicious. The good thing about it is that it is made with beef. My dad can’t eat pork. I’ll have to share this with him. I hope he’ll make it. He is quite the cook.
Tonia Sanders @thechattymomma recently posted..Its Snack Time! – Tomato Basil Pizza

8 katie m November 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Wow! This sounds amazing. I’ve been getting into soups lately since it’s gotten colder outside. This is going in my “to try” pile!

Thank you for sharing!

9 Sabrina November 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm

So looking forward to trying this, seems more complicated than the recipes I’ve seen before. That translates into better tasting to me :)

10 Nikki @ Mommy Factor November 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm

oop, made a mistake. please delete the ww link :)
Nikki @ Mommy Factor recently posted..Faster Movie Poster – Wordless Wednesday

11 Annamaria January 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm

This is the same recipie that’s on

12 yesi October 4, 2011 at 11:16 pm

your recipe looks delicious, I will try to do it, I’m Colombian stew we do in much the same. Thank you for this recipe. yesi

Leave a Comment

{ 2 trackbacks }

Previous post:

Next post: