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Colombian Ajiaco

  • Prep 2 hr 50 min
  • Total 4 hr 0 min
  • Ingredients 11
  • Servings 6
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Ingredients

8
cups water
4
medium skinless and boneless chicken breasts
1
cup dry gallant soldiers weeds (Colombian plant)
2
pounds Yukon gold potatoes
2
pounds white potatoes
1
medium onion, chopped
2
garlic cloves
4
large ears of corn
1
chicken bouillon cube
1/2
cup green peas
Salt to taste

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
595.9
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14.6g
22%
Saturated Fat
4.1g
20%
Cholesterol
92.8mg
31%
Sodium
531.9mg
22%
Total Carbohydrate
79.6g
26%
Dietary Fiber
11.0g
44%
Sugars
8.6g
Protein
40.3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
96.70%
97%
Calcium
7.10%
7%
Iron
22.30%
22%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information for this recipe is estimated using a leading nutrition calculation application, but is an estimate only.  Actual nutrition values will vary based on the exact ingredients or brands you may use.

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Expert Tips

If desired, you can add a third type of potato, like red.

The most important thing about this soup is cooking at low heat, so all ingredients can hold the unique flavor ajiaco brings.

The chicken can either be served as whole pieces or in chunks depending on your preference.

It goes well with capers, white rice and ripe avocado.

Heavy cream is also a perfect side dish for this recipe.

Directions

  • 1 In a large pot, add water, chicken and half of the gallant soldier weeds. Let simmer for approximately 40 minutes. Once chicken is cooked, place on plate, cut in small chunks, and cover with aluminum foil to keep the chicken warm. Do not toss the water.
  • 2 Then, in the same water you cooked the chicken, add the two kinds of potatoes, onion and garlic. Let cook for approximately 2 hours for potatoes to dissolve completely.
  • 3 Add the chicken chunks, ears of corn, chicken broth, green peas and salt to taste. Mix carefully with all the ingredients, and let simmer for another hour over low heat.
  • 4 Add the other half of the guascas and cook for 5 more minutes.

What a delicious memory! At home, the word ajiaco (potato and chicken stew) was always accompanied by a party, friends, cousins and uncles coming over; and with lots, and lots of flavor. From the very first moment the pot was placed on the stove, the majestic aroma of the guascas (gallant soldier weeds), the indispensable ingredient needed to prepare a delicious Ajiaco Colombiano, would fill the house. Ajiaco is one of the staples of traditional Colombian cuisine; it’s also the famous weekend soup. However, it is customary to prepare large portions of this soup for family gatherings and different occasions. Here I invite you to delight yourself by making this delicious recipe. Enjoy it with your family!

Rate and Comment

Marcela Lara Marcela Lara
September 11, 2015

What a delicious memory! At home, the word ajiaco (potato and chicken stew) was always accompanied by a party, friends, cousins and uncles coming over; and with lots, and lots of flavor. From the very first moment the pot was placed on the stove, the majestic aroma of the guascas (gallant soldier weeds), the indispensable ingredient needed to prepare a delicious Ajiaco Colombiano, would fill the house. Ajiaco is one of the staples of traditional Colombian cuisine; it’s also the famous weekend soup. However, it is customary to prepare large portions of this soup for family gatherings and different occasions. Here I invite you to delight yourself by making this delicious recipe. Enjoy it with your family!