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Recipe for a Traditional Colombian Ajiaco


Recipe colombian Ajiaco
Colombian ajiaco. Credit: Jeison Rodriguez Sandoval/CC BY-SA 4.0

In the vibrant tapestry of Colombian culinary traditions, Ajiaco stands as an iconic representative, a beloved soup that graces weekend tables and holds a special place in family celebrations. Let’s delve into the essential recipe, unveiling the secrets behind this heartwarming dish.


8 cups of water
4 medium-sized, skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 cup of dried guascas (Colombian plant)
2 pounds of creole potato (papa criolla)
2 pounds of white potatoes (papa sabanera)
1 medium-sized chopped onion
2 cloves of chopped garlic
4 large corn cobs
1 chicken bouillon cube
1/2 cup of green peas
Salt to taste


In a large pot, combine water, chicken, and half of the guascas. Allow it to cook for approximately 40 minutes. Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the pot, cut it into pieces, and cover it with aluminum foil to keep it warm. Do not discard the water.

In the same water used for cooking the chicken, add both types of potatoes, onion, and garlic. Let it cook for about 2 hours until the papa criolla dissolves completely.

Add the chicken pieces, corn cobs, chicken bouillon, green peas, and salt to taste. Gently mix all the ingredients and let them cook for an additional hour over medium-low heat.

Add the remaining half of the guascas and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

When serving, Ajiaco pairs wonderfully with white rice and ripe avocados. For a finishing touch, heavy cream can be a perfect accompaniment to this delightful recipe!

A culinary tradition preserved

Colombian Ajiaco is more than simply a delicious soup; it is a cultural emblem woven into the fabric of family gatherings and festive occasions. This traditional recipe encapsulates the essence of Colombian culinary artistry, creating a symphony of flavors that resonates with the rich history and diverse heritage of Colombia.

As you savor the warmth of Ajiaco, you’re not just enjoying a meal; you’re partaking in a culinary journey that spans generations, connecting you to the heart of Colombian tradition.

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