Lately, I’ve been on a ‘try new things’ food binge. I tend to buy the weekly staples that keep our kitchen and diets clean and fresh and routine is definitely easier to manage. I’ve made a constant effort to buy a couple new ingredients each week whether it’s a veggie, herb or spice. Some of these ideas come from the holy grail (The Cooking Channel) and others just from perusing the shelves for something I would have no idea what to do with.

This week, I was inspired by something I actually am familiar with because of my culture, but had never used in cooking. Jicama, also known as Mexican yam or Mexican turnip, is a crispy, fresh and edible raw or cooked. My beautiful grandma used to love eating it. I know in Mexico, it’s commonly eaten with spicy pepper. My grandma couldn’t handle the spice as she got older she used to sprinkle paprika over raw jicama. She loved it!

This is a tasty and refreshing soup that’s even great during the hot summers. The lime and cilantro make it a festive dish full of flavor.

It’s super cheap to make and very simple!

Let me know how you like it!

Gluten-free, dairy-free and full of flavor. Enjoy this soup any time of the year!

Servings: 5
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes


  • 1 Jicama Peeled and chopped
  • 1 Bag Frozen corn You can use fresh or canned too!
  • 1 Red Onion Chopped
  • 2-3 Sweet potatoes Peeled and chopped
  • olive oil
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2 Cups Veggie broth Can be homemade or store bought
  • 4 Dashes Paprika
  • 4 Dashes Ground Pepper
  • 3 Dashes Salt
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • Lime juice Optional
  • Cilantro Optional


Bring olive oil to medium heat in a large stock pot. When hot, add onion and sweet potato. Cook for 5 minutes.

Sliced vegetables

Add the corn and the jicama. Stir all ingredients together. Add water, veggie stock and stir together.

Turn up heat slightly past medium. Once the soup is simmering, add all spices.

Cook for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.

The soup is done when the potatoes are completely soft.

Cooking stew

Serve with cilantro and lime juice! I add lots to my bowl. Mr. Mike enjoys a little less. (It’s my Mexican)

Lime slice