Independence Day
In Paraguay Independence day is always on May 14th each year and celebrates their independence from Spain on May 14th 1811. Jose Gaspar Rodriquez de Francia held a bloodless revolution against the Spanish Empire resulting in Paraguay’s independence on May 14 and 15 1811. The Napoleonic Wars had weakened the Spanish Empire to the point in which it could no longer put down independence movements in its colonies.
People celebrate this day by attending parades, dances, carnivals, outside get togethers, and military displays with much patriotism and pride about their countries independence. This independence day holiday is a national holiday with most business and government offices closed.
Guiso Popo
Serves 4
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 pounds of lean beef cut in cubes
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 saffron threads
  • 1 cup rice (raw)
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro chopped
In a large pot add oil and brown beef about 3 minutes then add onions cook for 3 minutes longer. Add tomatoes and  dry spices cook for 4 minutes then add rice and stock, salt and pepper bring to a boil and then simmer on medium low for 40 minutes or until rice is cooked and meat is tender. Serve with a sprinkle of cilantro, Pickled green peppers and Garlic.
Try with:
Mate or Malbec or an Irish Red Ale                   Salud!!