We have a new recipe for you in our semi-monthly series with Vinicio, head chef for our food service in Guatemala. Trying out traditional Guatemala recipes is a way for you to experience and share Guatemalan culture with friends and family back home. This month’s recipe: Jocon, a kind of chicken stew with a green vegetable base that includes tomatillo, cilantro, spinach, green peppers, and broccoli. Read on for the recipe and the steps to make it at home!
Ingredients for Jocon
*Serves four people
1-½ pounds of chicken legs and thighs
½ pound of tomatillo
5 green onions
½ handful of fresh cilantro
1 pound spinach
3 green peppers
1 pound of green tomatoes
1 head broccoli
2 stalks of celery
- Place chicken thighs and salt to taste in a pot and cover with water. Cook for 20 minutes. Remove meat and set aside broth.
- Cut all vegetables into chunks. Place in a separate pot and add enough water to reach half the level of the vegetables. Cook for 10 minutes or until veggies are tender. Blend veggies and water together, using some of the chicken broth to thin out the sauce.
- Return to pot and add chicken broth al gusto, i.e. to taste. Adjust salt, then boil for 10 minutes. Add chicken to mix and cook for 5 minutes more.
- Serve with rice and tortillas.
*If you would like the Jocon to be spicy, add a green spicy pepper to the vegetable mixture.