Yuca con Chicharrón: Cassava with Pork Cracklings


Yuca con Chicharrón is a beloved dish throughout Latin America, particularly in Honduras, where it is often served as a hearty appetizer or a main dish. The combination of soft, boiled yuca (cassava) and crispy chicharrón (pork cracklings) is a textural delight, often drizzled with a tangy cabbage slaw known as curtido and a rich tomato sauce.


For this traditional dish, you will need:

  • 2 pounds yuca (cassava), peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 pound chicharrón (pork cracklings)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water for boiling

For the Curtido (optional):

  • 1/2 head of cabbage, shredded
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano

For the Tomato Sauce (optional):

  • 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Here’s how to put together Yuca con Chicharrón.

Prepare the Yuca:

  1. Place yuca chunks in a large pot of salted water.
  2. Bring to a boil and cook until yuca is fork-tender, about 20-30 minutes.
  3. Drain and let cool slightly.

Make the Curtido:

  1. Combine cabbage, carrot, onion, vinegar, water, salt, and oregano in a bowl.
  2. Mix well and let it marinate for at least 20 minutes.

Prepare the Tomato Sauce:

  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Sauté tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, and garlic until softened.
  3. Blend the mixture until smooth, return to the pan, and season with salt and pepper.

Assemble the Dish:

  1. Arrange boiled yuca on a serving platter.
  2. Top with chicharrón.
  3. Serve with curtido and tomato sauce on the side.

FAQs: Common Questions About Making Yuca con Chicharrón

Here are some tips and answers to common questions about this dish.

Can I make Yuca con Chicharrón without curtido?

Yes, it can be served with just the tomato sauce or even plain.

How do I know when the yuca is cooked?

The yuca should be tender enough to easily pierce with a fork but not falling apart.

Can I use store-bought chicharrón?

Absolutely, store-bought chicharrón is a convenient option.

Is there a vegetarian alternative to chicharrón?

For a vegetarian version, you can use crispy fried tofu or mushrooms.

How long can I store the curtido?

Curtido can be refrigerated for up to a week in an airtight container.


Yuca con Chicharrón is a dish that offers a delightful combination of flavors and textures. Whether served as a snack or a meal, it’s a celebration of traditional Honduran flavors.

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