Sancocho de Siete Carnes: What are the 7 Meats in the Famed Dominican Stew?

Over 6 million visitors every year head to the beautiful shores of the Dominican Republic and that’s where we’re heading for today’s taste of the Caribbean.

The iconic sancocho is the ultimate dish in Dominican comfort food, presented on special occasions and family dinners but what goes into this dish?

Let’s take a look at the history and ingredients that make up this special Dominican culinary treasure.

How Did Dominican Sancocho Originate?

Sancocho is said to have originated from the Spanish Canary Islands. When the Canary Islanders came over to Latin America in the first immigration they introduced the sancocho (which was originally a fish stew) to the Latin world.

Traveling through the region vias countries including Ecuador and Colombia, the stew made it’s way to the Dominican Republic where it became a firm favorite. There are now several different types of sancocho including the seven meat version we’re talking about today.

Sancocho is a widespread dish throughout the whole of the Latin American region but it has become a true mainstay favorite in the Dominican Republic and one of the favorite dishes of the Dominican people.

What are the Seven Types of Meat in Dominican Sancocho?

This particular type of sancocho has developed to include many different types of meats and is a staple in the local community. This star of the Dominical culinary scene has a recipe that traditionally calls for:

  • Beef for stewing (Flank, chuck or round)
  • Goat
  • Pork Sausage
  • Pork for stewing (Belly or Chump)
  • Chicken
  • Pork Ribs
  • Smoked Ham Bones

The meats need to be added in a particular order to ensure that they are cooked for specific times. This means they are all cooked to perfection and each meat is tender and full of flavor.

The meats are mixed with root vegetables such as yam, squash, and plantain to create a mouthwatering and rich flavored dish. To finish off this hearty feast, serve it up with a big portion of white rice, several slices of avocado and some hot sauce for that added kick of spice.

It’s worth mentioning that because the dish has spread throughout the Dominican nation, each region, community and even family has its own recipe. This means that you can often determine where the recipe has come from based on the ingredients and method of cooking.

Sancocho De Siete Carnes

The Dominicans are happy-go-lucky party people who enjoy life to the maximum. Dominican food encapsulates this vibrancy with a love of good hearty food to be enjoyed at all of the special occasions in life.

Did you know, the sancocho de siete carnes is rumored to cure hangovers?  It is so entrenched in Dominican culture and tradition that it is usually served on New Years’ Eve.

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