Cuchuco de Maíz (Pork and Hominy Corn Colombian Soup)

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!

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Ingredients

(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

Directions

  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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Comments

  1. says

    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.

  2. JennyA says

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

  3. says

    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 :)

  4. says

    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!

  5. says

    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!

  6. Adriana says

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

  7. Alina says

    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.

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