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Chicharos Recipe

Chicharos Recipe (Cuban Split Pea Soup). This is one of the most popular recipe in Cuba.


  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 pound dried split peas
  • 1 lb ham
  • 1 large potato
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • Olive Oil


Soak split peas overnight, drain the following day and set aside. Dice the ham into half-inch cubes, dice the potato into cubes. Add oil to a large pot, smash the garlic and add it to the pot. Saute the garlic for a minute, then add the ham, potato, peas, oregano and cumin. Add four cups of water, bring to a boil, then set the cooking heat to low. Simmer until peas are soft or desired consistency, salt and pepper to taste.


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