Nini's Cuban Tropical Soup, Sopita Tropical de Nini

Juliann Esquivel


This is one of my sister-in-law's Nilda we call her Nini, most delicious Cuban tropical soup. It is creamy and both sweet and savory at the same time. It is made with tropical vegetable tubers or root vegetables, such as Boniato a white sweet potato, Mandioca root or yuca root, semi ripe plantains and Cuban yellow pumpkin or carribbean pumpkin. I am sure you will love this soup. Everyone that tastes it loves it and cant stop eating it. You can find all of the tubers in the Latin grocery store; or in some stores in the frozen section in the Latin food section where Goya has their frozen foods you can find bags with the combination of tubers already peeled and ready to go into the soup. Enjoy


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30 Min
2 Hr


  • 1 large
    whole chicken cut in pieces, skin removed
  • 1 large
    onion cut in four quarters
  • 4 large
    fresh garlic cloves smashed
  • 1/2 large
    green bell pepper, seeds removed do not dice just cut in half
  • 3/4 sprig(s)
    cilantro do not dice, leave sprigs whole
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 3 large
    boniatos (white sweet potato)peeled and cut into bite sized pieces. can be found in the latin grocers frozen food section,
  • 3 large
    semi ripe plantains just starting to get ripe, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 large
    casava root or yuca root, can be found frozen peeled and ready to cook in the frozen latin food section.
  • 2 c
    cuban calabaza or tropical pumpkin diced in bite sized chunks, can also be found in the frozen food section in the latin grocers
  • 2 small
    envelope sazon goya with culantro and achiote
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 2 large
    ears of fresh corn, peeled and cut cob into 2 inch pieces, optional

How to Make Nini's Cuban Tropical Soup, Sopita Tropical de Nini


  1. Skin and cut the whole chicken into pieces. Put into a deep heavy soup pot. Add about 2 quarts of cold water, the whole quarted onion, smashed garlic, half green pepper whole do no cut into pieces, cilantro sprigs whole with the leaves, 1 tablespoon salt and some of the black pepper. cover and cook chicken for about 45 minutes. Cook until chicken is tender reduce heat and simmer on very low.
  2. While chicken is cooking prep the vegetables. If you have found them frozen at the supermarket rinse and put into a dish cut in pieces, the cut boniato, white sweet potato, cut plantains, cut yuca root or casava root in pieces and Cuban calabaza or carribbean tropical pumpkin. If fresh peeled and cut into bite sized pieces or if frozen it will be cut and ready to add to your soup. Sometimes you can find the frozen mixture of all of these vegetables all together in one bag to make a dish called Ajiaco, Another kind of Cuban Tropical Soup. If you can find this Ajiaco vegetables then buy two bags because it has all of these vegetables already in it and ready to cook in your soup broth.
  3. When your chicken has cooked remove all the chicken from the pot and very carefuly strain the soup removing the onion and pepper. To the broth add the preped root vegetables, the two envelopes of Sazon Goya, and garlic powder and the other tablespoon of salt. You may add the pieces of fresh corn if you like with the rest of the root vegetables. Cook over medium heat until the vegetables are fork tender. about one hour and 10 minutes. I like to add fresh corn to this soup if I have it on hand.
  4. While the root vegetables are cooking de-bone the chicken and cut into bite sized pieces. Add back to the soup the last half hour before soup is done. Serve the soup in large bowls with a lime wedge and hot Cuban toasty bread or French or Italian toasty bread. You are in for a real taste sensation. Enjoy

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About Nini's Cuban Tropical Soup, Sopita Tropical de Nini

Course/Dish: Chicken Soups
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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