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
- 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 the vegetables into chunks*. Place in a separate pot and add enough water so that at least half of the vegetables are covered.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve with rice and tortillas.
*If you would like the Jocon to be spicy, add a green spicy pepper to the vegetable mixture.