Garbanzos con Paticas de Cerdo (Chick Peas with Pork Feet Stew)

Garbanzos con Paticas de Cerdo (Chick Peas with Pork Feet Stew)

Mamita’s always said, “A good cook doesn’t need to follow a recipe to make a good dish. To be a good cook you just have to love food, have good taste buds, and don’t be afraid of the kitchen”. When I asked her for a recipe the answer was always to “Add a pinch of cumin, some fresh cilantro, about two cups of beans, a lot of onions, spices and garlic, or add some achiote for color. She never gave me the exact recipe, or amounts of ingredients, and that is the way I learned to cook.

Garbanzos con Paticas de Cerdo is a traditional Colombian dish that Mamita made all the time. She never gave anyone the exact recipe, so here is my version of her Chickpeas and Pork Feet Stew.

Buen provecho!




(About 6-8 servings)

  • 1 pound dry garbanzo beans, soaked overnight
  • 1 pound of pork hocks, cut into small pieces
  • 8 of cups water
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 scallions, diced
  • 1 cup of fresh diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon achiote powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro

Colombian chickpea soup


  1. lace the onion, garlic, scallions, tomatoes, achiote, cumin, and 3 tablespoons of water in the blender and blend until a paste is formed.
  2. Drain the garbanzo beans and place in a large pot and add the water, onion mixture and pork hocks. Over medium-high heat, bring the beans to a boil, then cover the pot and reduce the heat to medium-low. Allow the beans to cook until almost tender, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  3. Add the carrots and potatoes and cook for 30 minutes more or until the beans are tender.
  4. Add fresh cilantro and serve with white rice and avocado on the side.
  5. Estofado de Garbanzos con patas de cerdo

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  1. says

    My mother was like that too. But there were a few recipes I really wanted her to write down when I made a family cookbook years ago. So I stood in the kitchen with her and wrote things down! My sister and still regret a few we never got down on paper.
    This looks like a tasty dinner, Erica.
    (my mother made the most wonderful pickled pigs feet!)

  2. says

    Este plato de garbanzos lo adoro un estofado delicioso está lleno de sabor y color ,está muy bien preparado,me encantó que me visitara gracias….abrazos y abrazos.

  3. says

    And this is how I love to eat! Your mother taught you well. Growing up, when we wanted old Italian recipes, the answer was always “come watch me cook.”

  4. says

    Many of us come from families where nothing was written down. While we did learn to cook with very general instructions I wonder what was lost because there were no formal instructions. This looks like a wonderful meal. It has wonderful color. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  5. Liliana says

    Gracias por compartir tus deliciosas recetas, en realidad siempre consulto tu pagina para cocinarle a mi familia y he podido aprender mucho… tus recetas son deliciosas y muy creativas..

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