Locro: Potato Soup, Ecuadorian Style

Cold, gray days usually give me the blues. But for some miraculous reason, I’ve actually been enjoying it this time around. These days of freezing rain have, of course, called for soup, and this delightful warm treat has been welcomed by the entire family.

This week I went back to my roots and made this family favorite: Locro. It is easy to make (which is the only kind of recipe I go for) and it is very satisfying!

In a large pot, you will need about 4 liters of water for 5 lbs of white potatoes. Cut the potatoes in various sizes so they cook at different rates. Boil until smaller pieces of potato are able to be mashed and large pieces broken down easily with a large utensil.

Right in the pot, as you mash and break down the potatoes and the soup thickens, add 2 c. of milk, salt, pepper, and powdered garlic to taste. You will also need about a 1/2 tsp of Bijol, which can be found in the foreign foods (mainly Latin-American) isles of most grocery stores.

The last two ingredients are cilantro and either “Queso fresco” or “Queso para freir”, a Latin American cheese, which in my case here in RVA, I can only find in Walmart.

Add the chopped cilantro and cubed cheese at the very end. Continue cooking for another five minutes and stir well before serving. Satisfaction guaranteed!


  • Water for boiling
  • 5 lbs. white potatoes
  • 2 c. milk
  • 1 small package of white cheese (queso fresco or fying cheese), cubed
  • 1/2 c. chopped, fresh cilantro
  • Bijol, salt, pepper, and powdered garlic to taste

Cut potatoes in various sizes and boil until easily mashed and cut with a large spoon. Add condiments and milk. Continue mashing the potatoes, leaving chunks as well, until desired consistency. Add cilantro and cheese and cook for 5 additional minutes.

Ledon-style Spanish Lesson #3

The word for today is PANCHO, which is a nick name for those who are named Francisco

Not to be confused with PLANCHO, which is, I iron (as in ironing clothes)

Not to be confused with PONCHO, which is, as you know, a woolen garment

Or PINCHO, which means: I pinch



I pinch Francisco and iron his coat

Yo pincho a Pancho y plancho su poncho

Ledon-style Spanish Lesson #2

The word for today is CULPA, which means fault

Not to be confused with PULPA, which means pulp

Not to be confused with PULPO, which means octopus


PULPITO means baby octopus but it also means pulpit

Not to be confused with PALPITO, an irregular heart rhythm



It’s the baby octopus’ fault that the father octopus has arrhythmia

Es culpa del pulpito que el papá pulpo tenga pálpito


Spanish Lesson #1 Ledon-style

The word for today is COMA, which means comma or it also means you must eat.

Not to be confused with COMO, which means how but it also means I eat.

Not to be confused with CAMA, which means bed.

Not to be confused with CAMOwhich means… oh, never mind, camo is not a Spanish word.


Bonus: CAMARA means camera but it also means chamber

And CAMARO is the name of a car



How do you eat on your bed with a camera?

Como comes en la cama con una camara?