Definition of olla podrida in English:

olla podrida


  • 1A highly spiced Spanish-style stew containing a mixture of meat and vegetables.

    • ‘If any one thing can serve as the symbol for the cuisines of Spain, it is probably the olla, the earthenware pot in which so many one-pot dishes, especially cocido and olla podrida, are made.’
    • ‘Here it takes the form of a simple chicken, chorizo and chickpea stew, the very nature of an olla podrida allowing you to use whatever you like.’
    1. 1.1Any miscellaneous assortment or collection.
      ‘an olla podrida of romance, comedy, and tragedy’
      • ‘The perpetrators, rashly ignoring Rudyard Kipling's warning about East and West (never the twain shall meet), have concocted an olla podrida - a stew of oily East and putrid West clumsily combining the dregs of each.’


Spanish, literally rotten pot from Latin olla jar + putridus rotten.


olla podrida

/ˌälə pəˈdrēdə//ˌô(l)yə/