Caldo De Res (A Mexican Beef -Vegetable Soup)

“If I were feeling sick and run-down, while living in Mexico, I would have my housekeeper fix up a batch of Caldo de Res. This would fix me right up. Most people ate this with tortillas but she would always serve this with some Mexican cornbread baked in a cast-iron skillet. Makes my mouth water just thinking of this!”
2hrs 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Chop the beef shank into large chunks, keeping some attached to the bone.
  2. Sauté the beef chunks with the chopped onions, salt, and pepper.
  3. After the beef is browned, add the beef stock and the stewed tomatoes.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer just below the boiling point for about one hour, until the beef is “spoon tender”.
  5. Wash the vegetables thoroughly, then cut each ear of corn and each potato into quarters.
  6. Cut equivalent chunks of carrots and chayote (if zucchini is used, keep pieces bigger as they will cook faster than chayote).
  7. Add the vegetables to the soup.
  8. Chop ¼ cup of cilantro and add it to the mixture, then add water to cover the vegetables and bring the mixture to a boil.
  9. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes.
  10. Cut the cabbage into ½ and then into thirds, leaving the stem of the cabbage intact.
  11. Wedge the cabbage chunks into the mixture and simmer for 10 more minutes.
  12. Serve, making sure each bowl contains chunks of all the vegetables.
  13. Garnish with a squeeze of lemon or lime. Serve with heated tortillas.
  14. Caldo de Res is accompanied by chopped sides of onion and cilantro which may be added according to taste.

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