Puchero paraguayo

 Puchero paraguayo is the Paraguayan version of a traditional meat stew that is originally from Spain, and now prepared in several countries throughout South America and the Philippines. The name comes from the Spanish word, which means "stewpot".


  •  lb beef (skirt or flank steak, cut into pieces)
  • 3 cloves garlic , cut in half
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper , diced
  • 2 carrots
  • 10 oz. pumpkin , cubed
  • 2 potatoes , cubed
  • ½ cup rice
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Pressure cooker


  • In a large pot, bring to a boil 10 cups (2,5l) of water with the onion, carrots and bell pepper for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a pressure cooker, heat olive oil and sauté garlic and meat over high heat, stirring constantly.
  • When the meat is browned, add the reserved broth and the vegetables.
  • Close the pressure cooker and cook for 45 minutes over medium-low heat.
  • Rinse the rice.
  • After 45 minutes of cooking, open the pressure cooker and add the rice, potatoes and pumpkin.
  • Close the pressure cooker and continue cooking for 15 minutes.