Salami Guisado (Dominican “Salami” Hotpot)

Salami guisado (Dominican sausage stew)

This story started like many others before: with the need to write a recipe and take pictures, and a husband befuddled by the introduction of yet another “suspicious” Dominican dish.

– “Honey, what are you cooking”.

– “Something you’ve never eaten before”.

– “I can see that, but, what is it?”

– “Salami guisado

– “What?!”

Salami guisado (Dominican sausage stew)– “Why would you do that to salami, why is it cut into chunks?”

I had to give him a brief explanation about the fact that what most Dominicans call “salami” only has a passing resemblance to its European counterparts. The Dominican version is closer to potted meat than the European moldy, air-dried sausage. And unlike the Italian salame (plural is salami), or the French saucisson, which is consumed uncooked in thin slices, the Dominican version is rarely preferred uncooked.

Salami guisado (Dominican sausage stew)

As a cheap source of protein, Dominican “salami” or “salchichón” once endured a reputation that seems to have been mostly eradicated by the advent of standard industrial processes and, one hopes, tighter governmental regulations on meat sources. The biggest, most reputable brand is now owned by a British conglomerate. You can enjoy your salami with relative peace, mindful only, I assume, of the fact that like other similar meat products it is not exactly the healthiest choice one can make.

But, una vez al año no hace daño*.

Salami guisado (Dominican sausage stew)

And thus endeth the lesson on this Dominican comfort food, with Bo learning another piece of Dominican food trivia, and me being aware of how lucky I am that, although not sharing my cultural heritage, my husband is fairly open to trying anything. Plus it looked good, very good, one has to admit.

– “OK, I will go see if there is some golf on TV that I can nap to. Wake me up when supper is ready.”

 Aunt Clara

* Once a year is not harmful.

Salami Guisado (Dominican "Salami" Hotpot)
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Salami Guisado (Dominican "Salami" Hotpot) has to be one of the most humble Dominican dishes, a "poor man's delight", and one of Dominicans' comfort foods.
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1½ lb of Dominican salami
  • 1 bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 onion, cut into strips
  • 4 large tomatoes, cubed
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 sprig of parsley, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of fruit vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • ¼ teaspoon of pepper, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon of salt, or to taste
  1. Cut the salami into cubes.
  2. Heat the oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the salami cubes and cook and stir until they brown.
  4. Add the onion and cook and stir until the onions become transparent.
  5. Add the pepper and cook and stir for a minute.
  6. Add the tomatoes and lower the heat. Simmer until the tomatoes soften.
  7. Add the vinegar and tomato sauce and half a cup of water and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  8. Add the parsley, season with salt and pepper to taste (I didn't use any extra salt) and remove from the heat.
  9. Serve with boiled yuca (cassava) or mangú.

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{ 19 comments… add one }

  • Sari Frias-Estell October 10, 2014, 2:23 PM

    Hi tia. Let me tell you that I am always on your website and cooking dinner and lunch with your recipes. The only complaint I have is the 3 years ago I learned with you website, Of course, how to make a “pastelón de plátanos maduros” and since then my gringo esposo love it y no me deja tranquila and I have to make it at least once a month..:) . For real Tia.thank you very much me salvaste con tus recetas.

    • Aunt Clara October 15, 2014, 1:23 PM

      Thanks, I am glad to know we could be of help.

  • Sarah October 9, 2014, 6:20 PM

    Haha, last night I was chopping some salami to make salami guisado & my husband peeked into the kitchen & said ‘Are we having ‘man-goos’?’ He was so excited.

    I wished I could find some yuca, I love salami guisado with yuca. Yummy!

  • ANYILIS CASTILLO October 22, 2013, 2:06 PM

    Uno de mis platos favoritos! Que bueno es ser DOMINICANO, jijiji!

  • Crystal May 4, 2013, 6:50 PM

    I googled ‘what to make with salami’ and every post said sandwich which the most obvious thing..
    This is the absolute best stew ive made with salami. I added some spices other than salt & pepper & used a few different ingredients like coriander instead of parsley and wine vinegar instead of fruit vinegar an added fried the salami with honey..too good! My mum is a great cook and my biggest critic. Her head hit the pillow after eating this! Absolutely beautiful. Thanks aunty Clara!

  • Tyran i August 1, 2012, 12:16 AM

    Thank u s much, I’m in the dr right now and now I know what can make withmy salami

  • vivian March 8, 2012, 9:32 PM


    Can I use rice vinegar instead of fruit vinegar?

    Thanks, Vivian

  • Hector March 8, 2012, 8:12 AM

    I was just thinking of salami the other day and how I don't even know if I can find it here in DC! I've only ever had it uncooked. Guisado se ve riquisimo! I'm definitely going to try this recipe out.

    • Sarah October 9, 2014, 6:23 PM

      Hey, Hector.
      I haven’t been able to find Dominican salami here in DC.

      What I use is Oscar Mayer’s cotto salami. It’s thicker and the taste is almost identical to Dominican salami.

  • Jeannette Qui&ntilde March 3, 2012, 11:56 AM

    He comprado ese salami dominicano y es riquisimo! lo probe en sandwich..pero cuando lo vuelva a ver en el supermercado lo voy a preparar con tu receta ,Mmm!

  • Wandy Martinez March 2, 2012, 6:00 AM

    Bendito Dios!! Salami, un simbolo Dominicano…lastima que aqui en Texas no lo consigo facilmente…

    • Aunt Clara March 3, 2012, 5:55 AM

      Maybe a trip to the East Coast to stock on Dominican stuff?

  • Tita March 1, 2012, 8:10 PM

    I want some of that. Thank you for the recipe, now I have to find some salami.

  • Yadsia @ShopCookMake March 1, 2012, 8:03 PM

    Hace años que no como salami guisado!!! Creo que la ünica vez que lo he comido fue en casa de una amiga mía, que la mamá es dominicana precisamente. Con un plato de arroz blanco es como llegar al cielo!

  • Yahaira March 1, 2012, 6:01 PM

    Loved the post and the pictures. Yummy.

  • Marnely Rodriguez March 1, 2012, 5:37 PM

    Mmmhmm, delicious! Craving this right now!

  • Dany March 1, 2012, 2:42 PM

    Yum, yum. I love it!