How To Make Pachamanca In A Pot

Have you ever wanted to try the exotic cuisines of Latin America? If yes, you have come to the right space. The traditional pachamanca may seem too difficult to make, but after reading this simple recipe post, you’ll surely be able to make it at home! So, let’s explore how to make pachamanca in a pot! 

Pachamanca In a pot

Pachamanca is a very traditional Peruvian dish that originated in the Andean region of Peru. The literal translation of pachamanca is “earth pot.” This dish has been a tradition of the indigenous people of Peru for centuries. 

The highlight of this dish lies in the cooking method, which is something that connects people to nature. Originally, the dish was made in an earthen oven known as huatia and baked with the aid of hot stones. The dish consists of a delicious combination of a few types of meat, potatoes, and some other vegetables. 

Pachamanca is still a major part of Peruvian cuisine and is often served during large gatherings and celebrations. I am sure that the description of this dish might be enough for you to have the urge to try it right away. But sadly, most of us are not equipped with the traditional earthen oven, which is the huatia. 

However, that does not mean you cannot enjoy the lovely flavors of this classic! Looking at modern times, we will be taking a completely new approach to making this pachamanca, all very easily in a pot, right at home! Moreover, the dish can be served with an array of sides, the best one being this Arroz Chaufa recipe by Carolina Rice! Redirect on the link to buy it.

Now without further ado, let us explore this easy recipe for this marvelous delicacy! 

What Equipment Will You Need To Make Pachamanca In A Pot? 

  • Bowl – Firstly, you will need a large bowl for this recipe to prepare the marinade and also to marinate the meat. I would recommend using the largest bowl you can find, just so that the meat has enough space to breathe while it is marinating. 
  • Large Pot with Lid – Since we will be making this traditional recipe in a pot at home, go for a pot that is big enough to fit all the meat, potatoes, and vegetables while also leaving some space on top for the aromas to infuse well into the ingredients. Make sure the pot you choose has a lid that fits perfectly on top, not to let the aroma escape too much. 
  • Banana Leaves – These are not mandatory, but if you use some banana leaves at the base of the pot, it will give your homemade pachamanca an earthy flavor, which will make it taste even better and closer to the traditional variant. 
  • Measuring Spoons – Yet again, this piece of equipment is not mandatory. But, if at all you like precision when it comes to measuring spices, a set of measuring spoons will be handy. Or you can also use regular teaspoons and tablespoons from your kitchen cabinet. 
  • Large Spoon – Lastly, a large spoon will be needed to stir the pachamanca while it is cooking to ensure all the flavors are distributed evenly. 

How Much Time Will You Need To Make Pachamanca In A Pot? 

Preparation TimeMarination TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
15 Minutes2 Hours2 Hours4 Hours 15 Minutes

What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Pachamanca In A Pot? 

  • Beef – A whole pound of beef will suffice for this recipe, as the quantity is enough to feed a large group of people. You can go for any cut of beef that you personally prefer. 
  • Pork – Go for a whole pound of fresh pork for this recipe, as it tends to cook faster and absorbs more flavors than frozen variants. 
  • Chicken – The last meat, or rather poultry that goes into making this pachamanca is chicken, and yet again, a pound of boneless or in-bone chicken will work fine as long as the weight of the meat is one pound. 
  • Potatoes – These are traditionally added to pachamanca as the starchy element, and they also absorb the flavors pretty well, so for this recipe, six whole large potatoes will do. 
  • Sweet Potatoes – Yellow potatoes are not the only starchy element in this wonderful recipe! Two whole sweet potatoes will add texture to the recipe, along with a whole lot of nutritional value. 
  • Corn – Two ears of corn will be needed for this recipe that are husked. It is best to use corn ears rather than kernels, as that is how traditional recipes are made. 
  • Red Onion – No aromatic dish is complete without onions, so this recipe uses a whole large red onion. 

For The Marinade: 

  • Garlic – This lovely ingredient tends to be the base of many marinades, as it imparts some of the best flavors. Three cloves of garlic will be great to add flavor to the meat. 
  • Aji Panca Paste – This is one of the main ingredients in the marinade and, in general, in a pachamanca. Aji Panca is a Peruvian chili pepper packed with a smoky flavor while not being too hot. So, that makes this paste perfect for meat marination, and the quantity needed for this recipe is just one tablespoon. 
  • Huacatay Leaves – This is a Peruvian black mint with a unique flavor of its own, making it great for the marinade, and a tablespoon of chopped leaves will do just fine. 
  • Cumin – A teaspoon of cumin will be added to the marinade for that lovely smoky and earthy flavor. 
  • Dried Oregano – Other than huacatay leaves, a tablespoon of oregano is another herb that adds flavor to this recipe. 
  • Pepper – Along with the aji panca paste, a teaspoon of crushed black pepper will add a small kick of spice to this recipe. 
  • Salt – Of course, no recipe is complete without the utterly important ingredient that is salt, and 2 teaspoons of the same will work perfectly for the marinade recipe. 
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Steps To Make Pachamanca In A Pot

1. Prep and Marinate

The first step to making this recipe is to prepare the ingredients for the marinate and also prepare the meat. Cut the chicken into pieces, along with the pork and beef, into cubes, and keep it all aside. 

Cut the potatoes and corn ears in half, and slice the sweet potatoes and onions, and keep them all aside. Mince the garlic cloves for the marinade. Now in a large bowl, mix all the herbs and spices mentioned above for the marinade. 

Next, add the chicken, beef, and pork pieces to the marinade, making sure they are coated thoroughly. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and marinate the meat in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours, or even overnight, for the best flavor. 

2. Get Cooking! 

After your meat has marinated for good enough time, you can begin the cooking process for this recipe. If you are using banana leaves, line the bottom of the pan with them. You can also skip this step if you want. 

Next, begin layering all the ingredients in the pot, beginning with the meat at the bottom, followed by all the vegetables. Then, cover the pot with a secure lid and place it on a medium flame, letting the pachamanca cook for 2 hours, or a little longer, just until the meat is tender. 

Make sure that the potatoes and sweet potatoes are cooked through as well, and stir the pachamanca occasionally to make sure everything is cooked evenly. Once everything is cooked, take the pot off the flame and let it sit for a few minutes before serving and enjoying this delicious Peruvian treat! 

What Can Be Served With Pachamanca? 

Of course, you wouldn’t want to enjoy this dish on its own. If it is a large crowd that you are cooking for, a lovely accompaniment is just as mandatory as the main dish! For that, there is a great recipe that you should try out and it fits so well with the flavors of pachamanca. 

Serve this homemade dish with a lovely side of Arroz Chaufa made with Carolina Rice. Arroz Chaufa is a traditional Peruvian rice dish that is influenced by Chinese cuisine. The dish is made with fluffy rice, succulent pieces of meat, an array of vegetables, and also a kick of soy sauce, which is perfect with pachamanca. 

Here is a lovely recipe for this delicious rice dish.

Some Variations Of Pachamanca That You Can Try

If, at all, by any chance, the flavors mentioned above or the sort of meat used in this dish does not work for you, but you would still like to try making a pachamanca in a pot, you are in luck! 

There are a few lovely variations of this recipe that you could try out, which use the same traditional techniques while using a different set of ingredients. Given below are some of these variations. 

  • Seafood Pachamanca In A Pot – If meat and poultry are not your things but seafood is, here is a great option for you to try. You can add shrimp, fish, and even mussels to the dish. 
  • Vegetarian Pachamanca In A Pot – Yes, this dish that is traditionally made with meat can also be made with an array of hearty vegetables, like mushrooms, bell peppers, and zucchini. 
  • Fusion Pachamanca In A Pot – Lastly, you can try infusing fusion flavors into this dish, like Thai herbs, Indian spices, or just about anything you like! 

Nutritional Information 

Calories560 kcal
Carbohydrates25 g
Protein37 g
Fat35 g
Saturated Fat13 g
Polyunsaturated Fat3 g
Monounsaturated Fat15 g
Trans Fat0.1 g
Cholesterol128 mg
Sodium1728 mg
Potassium848 mg
Fiber7 g
Sugar0.2 g
Vitamin A179 IU
Vitamin C4 mg
Calcium106 mg
Iron6 mg

How Will The Pachamanca In A Pot Look and Taste Like? 

Traditionally, a pachamanca looks like a very rustic dish, mainly because of how it is made. There is nothing too fancy about how this looks, but it sure looks hearty! This homemade version of pachamanca made in a pot looks very hearty, and the aroma of the spices is truly lovely. 

Coming to the flavor of this dish, if you follow the quantities of herbs and spices as they are given in the recipe, the pachamanca is bound to taste delicious! The spices are mild but also packed with flavor, which gives the meat and vegetables a subtle kick while also retaining their original flavor. Don’t forget to pair this pachamanca with a bowl of Arroz Chaufa! 

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How To Make Pachamanca In A Pot

Pachamanca is a traditional Peruvian dish that is made in an earthen oven, with the help of hot stones. But now with this recipe, you can make yourself a delicious pachamanca right at home, in a pot!
3.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Marination Time 2 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Peruvian
Servings 4 Portions
Calories 560 kcal


  • Bowl
  • Large Pot with Lid
  • Banana Leaves
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Large Spoon


  • 1 pound Beef
  • 1 pound Pork
  • 1 pound Chicken
  • 6 nos. Potatoes
  • 2 nos. Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 nos. Corn
  • 1 no. Red Onion

For The Marinade:

  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Aji Panca Paste
  • 1 tablespoon Huacatay Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Salt


  • Finish the pre-preps by chopping the meat and chicken, mincing the garlic, and chopping and slicing the vegetables.
  • In a large bowl, mix the ingredients mentioned for the marinade, then add the cubes of beef, pork, and chicken to it.
  • Coat the meat thoroughly with the marinade, then cover the bowl and refrigerate for a minimum of two hours overnight to let the flavors seep in.
  • Once the marination is done, line a large pot with banana leaves at the base.
  • Place the marinated meat and chicken on the banana leaves, followed by all the vegetables mentioned above.
  • Place the pot over medium heat, and let it cook for 2 hours until the meat is tender and the potatoes are cooked.
  • Take the pot off the flame and let it rest for a few minutes, then serve and enjoy!


Serving: 1Portion | Calories: 560kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 1728mg | Potassium: 848mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 179IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 6mg
Keyword Pachamanca, Pachamanca In A Pot Recipe, Peruvian Recipe
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will the variations of Pachamanca in a pot take just as much time to cook as this recipe? 

No, if you go for the seafood or vegetable variation, it will take a much shorter time for the pachamanca to be ready. 

Is it necessary to add all the traditional ingredients to the marinade? 

Traditional Peruvian ingredients are what give the pachamanca flavor; however, if you are having too much trouble finding them, you can instead go for substitutes of the same. 

Can the pachamanca be eaten as it is? 

Yes, the pachamanca tastes just as good as it is, as it would with a side of Arroz Chaufa! 

Can a hotter chile paste also be added to the marinade? 

Yes, if you want an additional kick of spice, you can go for a hotter chile paste to be added to the marinade. 


Simple, traditional, and utterly delicious, pachamanca is something that everyone should try at least once in their lives. Although it may be difficult to go all the way to Peru to try the traditional version, now, with this recipe, you can easily get the traditional flavors of Peru right at home anytime you want! 

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