Fernando Diez
Written by Fernando Diez Marketing Director at Quasar Expeditions

Updated: May 01, 2024
Published: May 29, 2012

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Creamy Andean Potato & Cheese Soup in Bowl

Spanish name: Locro de Papa
Preparation time: 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Servings: 4 to 6


  • Oil or butter -- 1/4 cup
  • Onion, minced -- 1/2 cup
  • Garlic, minced -- 3 to 4 cloves
  • Optional: 2 aji amarillo (yellow chili peppers) to give soup more color and make it spicier
  • Andean potatoes, peeled and diced -- 1 1/2 to 2 pounds
  • Water or stock -- 4 cups
  • Milk -- 1 cup
  • Salt and pepper -- to taste
  • Queso fresco or mozzarella cheese, shredded -- 1 cup
  • 2 fresh avocados
  • Toasted small corn kernels

Preparation Method:

Heat the oil or butter over medium flame in a large pot. Add the onion, garlic and chopped chilis. Simmer until the onion is translucent.

Stir in the potatoes, water or stock, milk, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until potatoes are falling apart, 30-45 minutes.

Mash the potatoes up with the back of a spoon to thicken the soup, leaving it a little chunky. Stir.

Remove the soup from heat and stir in the cheese.

Add the avocado slices to the soup.

Serve immediately with toasted kernels on the side.

Andean Potato & Cheese Soup

We hope you enjoy one of our favorite soup dishes served on the famous Grace yacht. Let us know what you think!

Keep browsing to find popular Ecuadorian soups served on Galapagos cruises with Quasar on our blog!.

Fernando Diez
By Fernando Diez
Marketing Director at Quasar Expeditions

Hi, I am Fernando and travel is my passion. This passion began with my first trip to the Galapagos Islands in 1986 and later became my work when I started working at Quasar Expeditions. Now the Marketing Director for Quasar and responsible for the creation of the Patagonia Project in Chile, my passion for travel continues to grow to new and exciting destinations in South America.