Dominican Pork and Root Vegetable Stew

Total Time
2 hr 10 min
25 min
1 hr 45 min
This hearty Latin American stew is a meal unto itself (you get 1 2/3 cups per serving)! Look for the root vegetables in larger super markets or ethnic food stores.


olive oil

2 tsp, extra virgin

uncooked lean pork shoulder

1½ pound(s), cut into 1-inch cubes

kosher salt

1 Tbsp, divided

uncooked onion(s)

1 small, yellow variety, chopped

green pepper(s)

1 large, cubanelle variety, seeded, chopped

minced garlic

1 Tbsp

canned chicken broth

8 cup(s)

dried oregano

2 tsp

uncooked plantain(s)

1 large, green, peeled, sliced 1/4-in-thick (about 1/2 lb)

uncooked yuca

1 pound(s), peeled, cubed (about 1 large)

uncooked sweet potato(es)

1 medium, peeled, cubed (about 1/2 lb)

uncooked malanga

1 large, peeled, cubed (about 3/4 lb)

uncooked butternut squash

1 cup(s), or pumpkin, peeled, cubed

frozen corn kernels

1 cup(s), or fresh corn kernels

sweet red pepper(s)

1 medium, chopped


cup(s), fresh, chopped

fresh lime juice

cup(s), or more to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Toss pork with salt and add to pot; brown in batches, stirring occasionally, about 10 to 15 minutes total (removing each batch to a plate after it’s done). Reduce heat to medium and add onion and cubanelle pepper to pot; cook until soft, stirring frequently, about 7 to 10 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, about 1 minute.
  2. Add broth, oregano, pork and any accumulated juices to pot; stir to combine. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour. Add plantain, yucca, and sweet potato; continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Add malanga, squash, corn and red pepper; cook until all vegetables are softened and pork is tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in cilantro and lime juice; season with salt, if desired. Yields about 1 2/3 cups per serving.


This stew can be made up to 3 days ahead. Just reheat gently and re-season with additional lime juice and cilantro.

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