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Cocido Recipe-20896

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Traditional cod do, a one-pot meal with a beefy broth, is a staple of Latin cooking. In Spain, Portugal, and Mexico, it’s called cocido and in Puerto Rico we have a similar version called sancocho. Regardless of the name, everyone fights for the corncob wheels that rest in this savory broth. Top each bowl with minced fresh mint and chopped red onion to add a bright finish.

Yield: Serves 4 to 6


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 beef shank (about 1 pound)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 ears corn, husked and each cut into about 6 wheels
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 8 ounces green beans, ends trimmed, halved
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint


Heat the olive oil in a medium, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the beef shank to the pot. When the meat begins to brown on one side, flip to another side. Brown the meat on all sides, about 8 minutes total. Remove from the pot and set aside on a plate.

Lower the heat under the pot to medium, add the onion and garlic, and cook until the onion has softened, about 3 minutes. Return the beef shank to the pot and add the broth slowly, using a wooden spoon to scrape the caramelized bits from the bottom of the pot.

Add the bay leaves and bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook for 1 hour, then skim any fat or bubbles from the surface and add the corn wheels. Cook for 30 minutes and then add the carrots. Cook until the carrots are tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Add the green beans and zucchini and simmer until they’re tender, 5 to 10 minutes.

Remove the shank from the pot. Scrape all of the meat from the bone and cut the meat into bite-size pieces. Return the meat to the broth discarding the bone. Discard the bay leaves from the broth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve the soup with a sprinkling of red onion and some mint.


The soup can be served immediately or stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat over medium heat.

© 2007 Isabel Cruz

Note from Cookstr's Editors

Nutritional information is based on 6 servings and includes 1/8 teaspoon of added salt per serving.


Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

222kcal (11%)
68mg (7%)
16mg (27%)
193mcg RAE (6%)
19mg (6%)
2g (9%)
10g (15%)
740mg (31%)
3mg (16%)

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