Caldo de Res Recipe: A Comforting Mexican Soup

Discover the traditional flavor of Caldo de Res with this authentic recipe. Warm up with a hearty bowl of this delicious Mexican soup.

Caldo de Res is a comforting Mexican soup that is loved by many. This delicious soup is made with beef, vegetables, and a variety of spices that come together to create a warm and hearty meal. In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to make this traditional soup in the comfort of your own home.


  • 2 lbs boneless beef stew meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 cups chopped kale or spinach
  • 1 lime, sliced for garnish


  1. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the beef to the pot and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until browned on all sides.
  3. Add the onions, garlic, potatoes, and carrots to the pot and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until softened.
  4. Add the water, salt, black pepper, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and red pepper flakes (if using) to the pot. Stir to combine.
  5. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour, or until the beef is tender and the vegetables are cooked through.
  6. Stir in the chopped kale or spinach and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until wilted.
  7. Serve the soup hot, with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a sprinkle of cilantro for garnish.

Tips and Tricks

  • If you prefer a thicker soup, you can mash some of the vegetables with a potato masher to thicken the broth.
  • If the soup is too thick, you can add more water to thin it out.
  • If you prefer your Caldo de Res to be spicier, you can add more chili powder or red pepper flakes to the recipe.


  • You can also add other vegetables to the soup, such as corn, zucchini, or squash.
  • For a vegetarian version, replace the beef with extra vegetables.

Caldo de Res is a comforting Mexican soup that is both delicious and easy to make. By following this step-by-step recipe, you can create a traditional and authentic meal that is perfect for a cozy night in or as a comforting lunch. With the addition of spices, vegetables, and tender beef, this soup is sure to warm you up from the inside out. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a sprinkle of cilantro for a final touch of flavor.

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