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Sancocho de Pollo y Costilla de Res (Chicken and Beef Ribs Soup)

Sancocho is the perfect one pot meal. It’s a thick, comforting and filling soup made with different kid of meals, spices, herbs and meats. This sancocho de pollo y costilla de res is perfect for a Sunday meal.

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Sancocho is one of my favorite traditional Colombian soups. There are many variations of Sancocho throughout Colombia, depending on the region, while you’ll find other versions around Latin America. Of course every family puts their own twist on Sancoho recipe too!

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What is Sancocho?

It is basically a very thick soup made with root vegetables and different kinds of meats, in a broth, usually flavored with herbs (cilantro or parsley), combined with achiote, garlic, onion, scallions and bell peppers. It is almost a stew, but still considered a soup. Every Sancocho recipe you try may be different from the last and unique in its own right.

In Colombia they are always served with avocado, white rice and ají picante (Colombian hot sauce) on the side. This is the typical Sunday meal in some Colombian homes, perfect for enjoying with your family. This dish warms the soul, heart and body, and is exactly what I expect to taste when I am craving a tasty, comforting, hot soup.

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Chicken Sancocho and Beef Rib Recipe

Erica Dinho

Prep Time fifteen mins

cook time 1 hr fifteen mins

total time 1 hr 30 mins

course Main Course

Cuisine Colombian

Servings 4 servings

calories 529 kcal


  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground achiote or color
  • 12 cups water, or more if necessary
  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 pounds short beef ribs
  • 2 green plantains, peeled and cut crosswise into 2 inch pieces
  • 4 medium white potatoes, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 pound frozen or fresh yucca cut into big pieces
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large pot, place the chicken, beef ribs, onion mixture, salt and green plantain.

  • Add the water and bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to medium and cook for about 45 minutes.

  • Add the potatoes and yuca. Continue cooking for 30 more minutes or until the vegetables are fork tender. Stir in the coriander.

  • Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve in large soup bowls, dispersing the ribs, chicken and vegetables evenly.


calories: 529kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 58gfat: 31gSaturated Fat: elevengPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 237mgsodium: 266mgpotassium: 938mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 76UIVitamin C: 1mgcalcium: 33mgIron: 5mg

keyword Colombian sancocho, Sancocho


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About Erica Dinho

My name is Erica and I was born and raised in Colombia and now live in the northeastern United States with my husband and family. This blog was inspired by my grandmother, Mamita, who was an amazing traditional Colombian cook.

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