Rancho Canario Recipe - Canary Islands Traditional Food

Rancho Canario is a traditional Canarian soup from the Canary Islands. We visited four of the Canary Islands – Tenerife, Gran Canaria, La Palma, and Lanzarote. If you’re lucky enough to visit one these Spanish islands off the coast of West Africa, definitely try the traditional soup.

The Canary Islands have vast and varied landscapes which lend to fantastic backdrops for movies such as Moby Dick, Clash of the Titans, Fast & Furious 6, and Wild Oats. The beautiful beaches, volcanic parks, and lush forests are popular sites for holiday makers and travelers alike.

Each island and restaurant made the Canary soup slightly different, and I imagine it must vary from family to family as well. For me, the taste was a little similar to Portuguese Bean Soup from Hawaii except instead of kidney beans there were chick peas.


The soup is thick, hearty, and very filling. In restaurants it's in the appetizer section, but it could easily be a main dish. It generally comes with chicken and sausage, onions, carrots, potatoes, noodles, and chick peas, but again each place has its own variation. I enjoyed all of the variations we tried, but my favorites were the ones with beef, potatoes, and noodles.


Whether in Tenerife or La Palma, the soup was delicious! It's definitely a dish you should try when visiting the Canary Islands. I think it should be easy to make at home as well. Here are a couple of recipes that seem pretty easy to follow: 

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Let me know if you use them and try them out! I think you could also replace the chicken or beef with ham, and add in cabbage if you'd like and it would still be delicious!

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