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Cuban Corn Stew

Cuban Corn Stew

This is a Cuban Corn Stew is called Guiso de Maiz in Spanish. It’s a traditional Cuban soup, and like most Cuban recipes this stew is made from easy to find, affordable ingredients. Made with pork stew meat, corn, potatoes and spices, this stew is perfect for tight budgets and hungry appetites. But the real reason to make it, it’s delicious! In the mood for more great Cuban-style soups? Try a crema de malanga, this fully loaded Cuban chicken soup or this Cuban-style beef soup. Enjoy!​

 

Ingredients

1 lb. Pork Stew Meat, cut into approximately 1-2 inch pieces

1 tsp. Kosher Salt, or to taste

¼ tsp. Black Pepper, or to taste

2 tbsp. Olive Oil

1 Small Onion, finely diced

3-4 Garlic Cloves, minced

1 tbsp. Tomato Paste

½ tsp. Dried Oregano

¼ tsp. Cumin

¼ cup White Wine

6 cups Chicken Broth

2 cups Diced Potatoes, cut them into roughly 1-2 inch pieces

2 cups Fresh Corn Kernels, (2 cobs yielded 2 cups)

2 Fresh Corn Cobs, sliced into 1 inch rounds

 

Instructions

Season the pork with the salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Fry the pork meat until browned, approximately 5 minutes. Turn the pork occasionally to brown on all sides. When the pork pieces are browned, remove them from the pot onto a plate and keep warm. Tent the pork with a piece of aluminum foil or place the plate in the microwave or oven to keep it away from drafts.

 

To the same pot, add the onions and cook for approximately 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, tomato paste, dried oregano and cumin, stir to combine and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.

 

Add in the white wine, scraping the bits off the bottom of the pot as you stir. Cook 1-2 minutes, until most of the liquid had evaporated. Add the chicken broth and the reserved pork pieces to the pot. Raise the heat to high, bring the broth to a boil, lower heat to medium, cover and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

 

Add the potatoes corn kernels and corn cobs to the pot. Give the stew a good stir, cover and cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring only occasionally. Taste the stew and salt and pepper to taste, only if needed.

 

Serve the guiso do maiz with white rice or a side of bread, if desired. Enjoy!

 

Serves 6​

 

Cook’s Notes

If you can, it’s best to use fresh corn for this stew. But if fresh is not available, frozen corn works well. If you do use frozen corn, cook them just enough to defrost and drain them well before adding to the stew. Don’t add frozen corn to the stew. Follow the package directions to get them going and cut the cooking time so they’re defrosted.

 

A close up Cuban Corn Stew, or guiso de maiz in Spanish is served in a light colored bowl loaded with corn, pork chunks, potatoes.

 

Cuban Corn Stew
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 
This is a Cuban Corn Stew is called Guiso de Maiz in Spanish. It’s a traditional Cuban dish, and like most Cuban recipes this stew is made from easy to find, affordable ingredients.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: guiso de maiz
Servings: 6
Calories: 287 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. Pork Stew Meat cut into approximately 1-2 inch pieces
  • 1 tsp. Kosher Salt or to taste
  • ¼ tsp. Black Pepper or to taste
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Onion finely diced
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • ½ tsp. Dried Oregano
  • ¼ tsp. Cumin
  • ¼ cup White Wine
  • 6 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Potato cut into roughly 2 inch pieces
  • 2 cups Fresh Corn Kernels
  • 2 Fresh Corn Cobs
Instructions
  1. Season the pork with the salt and pepper.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Fry the pork meat until browned, approximately 5 minutes. Turn the pork occasionally to brown on all sides.

  3. When the pork pieces are browned, remove them from the pot onto a plate and keep warm.

  4. To the same pot, add the onions and cook for approximately 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

  5. Add the garlic, tomato paste, dried oregano and cumin, stir to combine and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.

  6. Add in the white wine, scraping the bits off the bottom of the pot as you stir. Cook 1-2 minutes, until most of the liquid had evaporated.

  7. Add the chicken broth and the reserved pork pieces to the pot. Raise the heat to high, bring the broth to a boil, lower heat to medium, cover and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  8. Add the potatoes corn kernels and corn cobs to the pot. Give the stew a good stir, cover and cook for 25-30 minutes.

  9. Taste the stew and salt and pepper to taste, only if needed.

  10. Serve the guiso do maiz with white rice or a side of bread, if desired.

Recipe Notes

If you can, it's best to use fresh corn for this stew. But if fresh is not available, frozen corn works well. If you do use frozen corn, cook them just enough to defrost and drain them well before adding to the stew. Don't add frozen corn to the stew. Follow the package directions to get them going and cut the cooking time so they're defrosted.

Nutrition Facts
Cuban Corn Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 1256mg 52%
Potassium 1044mg 30%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 6g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 3.8%
Vitamin C 39.2%
Calcium 5.4%
Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This is a Cuban Corn Stew called Guiso de Maiz in Spanish. It’s a traditional Cuban dish, and like most Cuban recipes this stew is made from easy to find, affordable ingredients. Made with pork stew meat, corn, potatoes and spices, this stew is perfect for tight budgets and hungry appetites. #Cubancornstew #guisodemaiz #stew #corn #Cubanfood #Cubanrecipes

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