Pork And Chicken Hallacas Recipe

Pork And Chicken Hallacas Recipe

How To Make Pork And Chicken Hallacas

Originally from Venezuela, this flavorful pork and chicken hallacas is a tasty corn dough stuffed with savory stew, olives, raisins, Italian giardiniera!

Preparation: 35 minutes
Cooking: 4 hours 55 minutes
Total: 5 hours 30 minutes



For Stew:

  • 2cupsyellow onion,chopped
  • ½cupscallions,chopped
  • 1cupred bell pepper,chopped
  • 1cupleek,chopped
  • 6small sweet red peppers,stemmed, seeded
  • 6tbsplard
  • 3lbpork shoulder,diced into ½-inch cubes
  • 28oztomato,(1 can) chopped
  • ¼cupWorcestershire sauce
  • ½cupmarsala cooking wine
  • 1piloncillo
  • 1tspkosher salt
  • ½tspfreshly ground black pepper
  • 1tspground cumin
  • 2tbsptomato paste
  • 2packetsgelatin,unflavored

For Dough:

  • ½cuplard
  • tbspannatto seeds
  • ½cupred pepper,roasted
  • 2cupscorn flour,pan flour, pre-cooked
  • ¾cupchicken stock
  • 1tspfine sea salt

For Assembly:

  • ¼cupItalian giardiniera,chopped
  • 2tbspdijon mustard
  • 1cupchicken,shredded
  • 40manzanilla olives
  • ½cupraisin
  • ½cupgolden raisin
  • ½cupalmonds,slivered


  • 10 banana leaves, thawed if frozen

  • kitchen twine



  1. In a food processor, combine the onion, scallions, red bell pepper, leeks, and sweet red peppers.

  2. Pulse until broken down to the consistency of a tapenade.

  3. In a large pot over medium heat, add the lard and the pulsed vegetables.

  4. Stir to combine and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until softened slightly.

  5. Add the pork shoulder, canned tomatoes, and Worcestershire sauce, and bring to a simmer before adding the marsala, piloncillo, salt, pepper, cumin, tomato paste, and gelatin.

  6. Cook for about 4 hours, stirring frequently until the meat is completely cooked and shreds easily.

  7. Remove the pot from the heat, allow to cool and refrigerate the stew overnight.


  1. In a small pot, cook the lard and annatto seeds over high heat until starting to boil.

  2. Remove the pot from the heat and let cool.

  3. Strain the lard into a bowl and discard the annatto seeds.

  4. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the annatto-infused lard for assembly.

  5. Add the roasted red peppers to a small food processor and process until liquified.

  6. Transfer the puréed peppers to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, along with the corn flour and chicken stock.

  7. Mix on medium-low speed until the dough starts to come together.

  8. Gradually add the annatto-infused lard and continue kneading.

  9. Add the salt and continue kneading until the dough is firm despite its softness, does not stick to the hands, and has a smooth and shiny appearance when rolled into a ball.

  10. Roll the dough into 10 balls, each about 2-inches in diameter (about the size of a lemon).

To Assemble:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the giardiniera and dijon mustard.

  2. Clean the banana leaves with a damp kitchen towel and remove the vein at the bottom of the leaf, then cut them into 10 sheets about 12×14-inches, 10 middle wrapping sheets, about 12×10-inches, and 10 small sheets or “belts”, about 4×10-inches.

  3. Toast the leaves on a flat skillet over low heat for about 30 seconds until they have darkened in color and the leaf is flexible.

  4. Brush the center of a 10×12-inch banana leaf with a bit of the reserved annatto-infused lard.

  5. Place a ball of dough on the center of the leaf and use a cutting board wrapped in plastic wrap and brushed with more annatto lard to press flat.

  6. Place a heaping spoonful of stew in the center.

  7. Top with some shredded chicken, 4 olives, a small handful of raisins, golden raisins, and slivered almonds, and 1 teaspoon of the giardiniera-mustard mixture.

  8. Carefully fold the hallaca by bringing 2 sides of the leaf together, then folding the sides downward together.

  9. Fold in the 2 remaining sides, then turn the hallaca seam-side down.

  10. Place the hallaca, folds down, on the top edge of a 12×14-inch banana leaf, then roll down the length of the leaf.

  11. Fold in the sides to seal.

  12. Place the hallaca, seam-side down, on the short end of a 4×10-inch leaf.

  13. Wrap the “belt” around the hallaca, then tie with twine to secure.

  14. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

  15. Bring a very large pot of water to a boil over high heat.

  16. Once the water is boiling, add the hallacas.

  17. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and cook for 50 to 60 minutes until the banana leaves are muted in color and the filling is fully warmed through.

  18. Remove the hallacas from the pot and place them on a wire rack set over a baking sheet.

  19. Let cool slightly before serving.

  20. The hallacas will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

  21. If serving at a later time, warm the hallacas in boiling water for 15 minutes.

  22. Enjoy.


  • Calories: 819.81kcal
  • Fat: 51.58g
  • Saturated Fat: 16.91g
  • Trans Fat: 0.01g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 23.81g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.71g
  • Carbohydrates: 52.77g
  • Fiber: 7.17g
  • Sugar: 22.68g
  • Protein: 37.94g
  • Cholesterol: 124.69mg
  • Sodium: 939.77mg
  • Calcium: 139.99mg
  • Potassium: 1215.82mg
  • Iron: 6.31mg
  • Vitamin A: 164.48µg
  • Vitamin C: 103.77mg
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