Cuchuco de Maíz (Pork and Hominy Corn Colombian Soup)

by Erica Dinho on April 16, 2012

Cuchuco de Maíz is a traditional Colombian soup from the Boyacá and Cundinamarca departments of Colombia. It is a thick soup made with pork bones, vegetables, spices and different grains. There are three variations of Cuchuco, here are the other two, Wheat or Trigo Cuchuco and Barley or Cebada Cuchuco.

This is what I call a soul warming soup. Exactly what I expect to eat when I am craving a tasty, filling and comforting soup.

Buen provecho!



(About 6 servings)

  • 2 pounds pork ribs or pork bones
  • 10 cups water
  • 1/2 cup soaked dried hominy corn or maíz trillado
  • 2 yellow medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 red potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground achiote
  • 1 beef bouillon tablet
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh cilantro


  1. Place the onion, garlic, scallions, and red bell pepper in the food processor.
  2. Place a pot over medium-high heat. Add the water, beef bouillon, corn, and pork bones, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the onion mixture salt and pepper and let it simmer for 50 minutes.
  3. Add the potatoes, cabbage, peas, carrots, Sazon Goya, ground cumin, and flour. Cover and cook for 25 minutes more or until the pork is cooked.
  4. Add the fresh cilantro and serve with avocado and ají.
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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa April 16, 2012 at 10:07 AM

That hominy looks wonderful! Can almost smell the flavors from here – the pork bones must just infuse that flavor….


2 Ivy April 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM

There are a lot of ingredients I am not familiar with but as I see the plate with the soup it looks delicious and I know I would love to try some.


3 rebecca subbiah April 16, 2012 at 10:41 PM

this looks so so good, would love a big bowl to help my cold :-)


4 JennyA April 17, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Where can I find the dried hominy? It looks amazingly delicious but I do not have all the ingredients…thanx for the wonderful recipes!


5 Erica April 17, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Jenny- I found it at my local market. (Goya)


6 Juliana April 17, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Erica, we have similar dish in Brazil…and I miss it so much…yours look delicious…I wish I could have a bowl of this soup.
Hope you are having a great week :)


7 carla April 17, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Simply Delicious!!!!


8 Claudia April 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Oh my goodness Erica – this went straight to my comfort-loving, soup-slurping soul. What an array of gorgeous ingredients and they are all in one place!


9 Barbara April 18, 2012 at 6:44 AM

Great soup, Erica. I love the use of hominy in soups. In fact, I like hominy served as a side with meat and fish as well. Mouth watering photos!


10 Joanne April 18, 2012 at 8:12 AM

I love hominy but it’s so hard to find the dried stuff around here! I’ll have to keep an eye out. this looks great!


11 grace April 19, 2012 at 7:15 PM

i love finding recipes containing hominy–they’re so rare around here!


12 Chris April 21, 2012 at 8:56 PM

This would be a great use for neck bones. It looks lovely, Erica.


13 Adriana April 23, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I made this cuchuco for dinner last night and I love the flavor. it was like my mom’s cuchuco. thanks


14 Erica April 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Thank you everyone for the comments!


15 Alina April 24, 2012 at 10:56 AM

You have the best web site about Colombian food. I was trying to find a good source for my traditional Colombian cuisine and yours is beautiful. I love the pictures, stories. Las recetas Colombians en Ingles mas deliciosas que he encontrado.


16 Platanos, Mangoes and Me! April 28, 2012 at 8:52 PM

I just had something like this at my friends house. She is from Cali.


17 Luz Adriana May 2, 2012 at 12:55 AM

This is a variation of pozole, mexican soup. Is delicious!!


18 Shelly June 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

You can actually find hominy in the frozen section of your supermarket in a bag ;)


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