Venezuelan Hallacas recipe

Venezuelan Hallacas recipe

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Depending on each region, the Venezuelan Christmas Hallacas they are done differently. In some households, the stew is cooked together with the dough, and in others it is cooked earlier. In the same way, the ingredients of the Hallacas change, as we can find them with or without pork, with or without capers, with chicken or seafood. The possibilities of Venezuelan Hallacas are endless and, at the end of the day, each family adapts their recipe to their tastes. Whatever you do, we guarantee that you will love them and you will find in them the best flavors and textures of Christmas.

100 diners 4h Main course Medium difficulty Additional features: Average cost, Christmas recipes, Venezuelan recipes Ingredients:

  • 4 kilograms of corn flour
  • 15 kilograms of beef
  • 5 kilograms of pork
  • 5 kilograms of onion
  • 2 kilograms of paprika
  • 300 grams of olives
  • 300 grams of raisins
  • 500 grams of capers
  • Parsley
  • Coriander
  • 1 kilogram of sweet pepper
  • Banana leaves to wrap Hallacas
  • 500 grams of grated paper (optional)
  • 1 bottle of red wine

Steps to follow to make this recipe: 1

Every Hallaca begins with stew preparation. To do this, cut the beef and pork into large portions.

Venezuelan Hallacas Recipe - Step 1 two

Chop the sweet pepper, coriander, parsley, 500 grams of paprika and 500 grams of onion in small cubes. Also, chop the remaining onions, potatoes and carrots in slices and reserve. Cut the rest of the paprika in julienne strips and reserve.

Venezuelan Hallacas Recipe - Step 2 3

Put to fry onion, capers, sweet pepper, paprika, parsley and coriander in a very large pot. Add the meats of the stew, as well as the paper and the wine, and bring everything to boil in water for at least 2 hours so that the flavors are well concentrated. When the cooking is finished, mix half a cup of cornmeal with water and pour it into the preparation so that it thickens.

Trick: If you prefer, you can also add garlic to the Christmas Halla stew.

Venezuelan Hallacas Recipe - Step 3 4

While the stew is finished cooking, Prepare the mass of the Hallacas with the 4 kilos of corn flour. Mix the oil and the onoto (achote) seeds in a pot, heat, strain and reserve. Pour about 4 liters of water into a pot and add the cornmeal, as well as the oil, with the onoto. Knead very well until the dough is uniform, smooth and with good color.


Once you have the stew and the dough ready, Time to put together the Halcas! Take a large banana leaf and spread a small ball of the Hallaca dough on it until you are thin. The thickness of the Hallaca depends on the taste of each person, but we recommend that they not be so thick or the flavor of the filling will be lost.

Trick: We advise you to wash the banana leaves before using them.

Venezuelan Hallacas Recipe - Step 5 6

Add the ingredients. First, add the stew, and then decorate your Hallaca with the olives, raisins, onion, and paprika.

Venezuelan Hallacas Recipe - Step 6 7

Close each Hallaca by folding the banana leaf in half horizontally and, subsequently, fold a second time with the remaining sheet. Take the vertical ends of the sheet and fold them over the halo. Wrap the hayaca with other smaller banana leaves to reinforce it.

Venezuelan Hallacas Recipe - Step 7 8

Tie the Halcas making a knot in the shape of a grid as you can see in the photograph.

Venezuelan Hallacas Recipe - Step 8 9

In a large pot, cook the Venezuelan Hallacas for about 40 minutes approximately. Take them out, let them rest for about 10 minutes and enjoy.

Trick: Store the remaining Halcas in the freezer, and before consuming, thaw them in boiling water for about 20 minutes.

Venezuelan Hallacas Recipe - Step 9

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Venezuelan Hallacas and other typical Christmas foods

There are few recipes as beloved in Venezuela as the Hallacas. They are a real typical christmas food It makes all the homes where they are made happy and, although they are a little difficult to do, they are a tradition that always cultivates beautiful memories with the loved ones with whom you prepare them.

But apart from the Hallacas, no Christmas dinner would be complete without these other dishes and typical Venezuelan Christmas recipes, prepare them and live a 100% Venezuelan Christmas no matter where you are:

  • Chicken salad
  • Ham bread
  • Cream punch
  • Baked shank
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