Today we are in the Common Hope kitchen making a very tasty traditional Guatemalan dish called Jocon [huh-cone]. Jocon is a blended green chicken stew, made from tomatillos, green tomatoes, green peppers, and a variety of other green vegetables like celery and broccoli. Jocon is typically served with rice and tortillas. It is a favorite of the Common Hope staff, and of many people in Guatemala. Don’t let the green color fool you — this dish is rich, comforting, and oh-so-yummy! Give it a try! ¡Buen provecho!

Ingredients for Jocon:
*Serves four people
1 and 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


  1. Place chicken thighs and salt to taste in a pot and cover with water. Cook for 20 minutes. Remove meat and set aside broth.
  2. Cut all the vegetables into chunks*. Place in a separate pot and add enough water so that at least half of the vegetables are covered.
  3. Cook for 10 minutes or until the veggies are tender. Blend the veggies and water together, using some of the chicken broth to thin out sauce.
  4. Return to pot and add chicken broth al gusto (to taste). Adjust salt and then boil for 10 minutes. Add chicken to mix and cook 5 minutes more.
  5. Serve with rice and tortillas.

*If you would like the Jocon to be spicy, add a green spicy pepper to the vegetable mixture.