Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Recipe 31/50 : Guatemala : Jocon

The ingredients of Guatemalan cuisine are corn, tomatoes, peppers, beans, plantains, tomatillos. Jocón is popular with the Mayan population of Guatemala. Chicken is simmered in a tasty sauce tinted by tomatillos and cilantro and thickened with ground sesame and pumpkin seeds and corn tortillas.


2 pounds Chicken, cut into serving pieces
4 cups Water
Salt to taste
1/4 cup Pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup Sesame seeds
2 Corn tortillas, chopped, soaked in water
1 cup Tomatillos, hulled and chopped
1 bunch Cilantro, chopped 
1 bunch Scallions, chopped
5 Jalapeño chopped or to taste
1. Place the chicken, water and salt into a large pot over medium-high flame. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
2. Remove the chicken to a bowl and strain and set aside the broth.
3. Heat a dry skillet over medium flame. Add the pumpkin and sesame seeds and dry roast them for 5-10 minutes. Dont burn them. Remove to a coffee grinder and grind to a fine powder.
4. Add the sesame and pumpkin seeds, tortillas, tomatillos, cilantro, scallions and Jalapeño  to a blender. Add 1 cup of the reserved broth and process until smooth. 
5. Return the chicken to the pot. Pour over pureed sauce and add 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the remaining broth to give it a sauce-like consistency.
6. Heat over medium-low flame and simmer for an additional 20 minutes. Adjust seasoning and serve.


  1. Looks yum ..that platter is so colourful ...nice

  2. whole platter is tempting so eat just now

  3. Looks delicious and it is a very unique recipe.. Lovely..)

  4. Its lovely and I think it looks like cappati to go with it, what a perfect combo.

  5. Mmmm... drool-worthy... Loving this...

  6. wow..very delicious..loved the presentation..