Caldo de Res

Caldo De Res: Authentic Mexican Beef and Vegetable Soup

I love how food, like yarn, can sew together generations.


My mom and me, circa 1983

I never met my mother’s mother, Maria (she died before I was born), but I think of her often.

I think of her at times, like last week, when after a long day all I wanted was a mug of tea and hot bath, and just as the bath water was warming up, I knocked my tea onto the concrete floor. With glass everywhere, to pray for patience — as my grandmother would have — was all that I could muster: “Dame paciencia Señor.”

And I think of her at times, like this week, when I made caldo de res, a traditional Mexican beef soup, that my grandmother made for my mom and my mom made for us.

Caldo de Res

The key to caldo de res, I think, is the timing. Here’s why: If you throw in all the vegetables at once, by the time the corn and carrots are cooked, the squash and potatoes will be slop.


So the key is to add the vegetables in the proper order (corn, carrots, celery, onion/tomato/cilantro, cabbage, potato, squash) with about fifteen minutes between each one.


Fifteen minutes between each one?

You mean it takes more than two hours to make this soup?!


Dame paciencia Señor.

Caldo de Res

For a printable recipe, pop over here.

Caldo de Res: Traditional Mexican Beef Soup

Serves 4


1.5 – 2 lbs. bone-in beef short ribs (about 4 ribs)

1 cob corn, peeled and cut into quarters

2 carrots, peeled and sliced into chunks

2 ribs celery, sliced into chunks

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 yellow onion, sliced thin

1 tomato, chopped

1/4 cup cilantro leaves, plus more for serving

1/2 green cabbage, sliced into two or three wedges

2 white potatoes, scrubbed and sliced into chunks

2 summer squash, sliced into chunks

Salt, to taste

Fresh cilantro, for serving

Lemon or lime wedges, for serving

Sliced fresh jalapeños, for serving

Corn tortillas, for serving


Fill a large pot with water, about 2/3 full.


Add the short ribs.


Bring the water to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium so the water continues to bubble but is not at a rolling boil.


As foam rises to the top, skim it off with a spoon and discard.


After skimming the foam, set the lid ajar, and cook the short ribs for about 50 minutes.


Then add the corn, set the lid ajar, and cook for about 15 minutes.


Then add the celery, set the lid ajar, and cook for about 15 minutes. While the celery is cooking, heat the olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add the onions; cook for 1-2 minutes.


Add the tomatoes; cook for 1-2 minutes.


Add the cilantro and stir.


Pour the onion-tomato-cilantro mixture into the pot of soup. Season the soup with about 1/2 tablespoon salt (you can add more later).


Around this time, you will probably need to add more water, as much of the original water will have evaporated by now. Just dump it right in — about 2-3 cups should bring you back up to the original water line.


Then add the carrots, set the lid ajar, and cook for about 15 minutes.


Then add the cabbage, set the lid ajar, and cook for about 15 minutes.


Then add the potatoes, set the lid ajar, and cook for … you guessed it … about 15 minutes.


Finally, add the squash, and cook for 10 more minutes. Test the veggies; cook for 5-10 more minutes if needed.


Taste; add more salt if needed.  Remove pot from heat.


Serve soup warm, with cilantro, lime or lemon wedges, sliced jalapeños, and corn tortillas.

Caldo de Res




Y el mismo receta en Español:

Caldo de Res

1 1/2 – 2 libras de costilla de res con hueso. 
1 mazorca de elote pelado y cortado en 4 piezas
2 zanahorias peladas y rebanadas en pedazos
2 porciones de apio, cortado
1 cucharada de aceite de olivo 
1/4 de una cebolla rebanada delgada
1 tomate partido
1/4 de una lata de hojas de cilantro
1/2 de un repollo rebajado en 2-3 piezas
2 papás blancas en pedazos
2 calabazas partidas
Un poco de cilantro fresco 
Jalapeño fresco rebanado
Y tortillas para acompañar el caldo


1. Llena una hoya con agua más o menos como 2/3 llena.

2. Agregale las costillas de res.

3. Espera a que hierva el agua luego suduce la llama.

4. Remueve la espuma que encuentres enzima del caldo.

5. Después tapa la Hoya y deja que se cueza por 50 min. Más o menos .

6. Agrega el elote y cocina por 15 min.

7. Después el apio también cocina por 15 min. Mientras se cueze el apio calienta el aceite de olivo por 1-2 min. En un sartén chico agrega la cebolla y cocinala por 2 min.

8.  Agregarle el tomate Partido.1-2 min.

9. Luego el cilantro y mezclamos.

10. Agregarle esto al caldo. Sazona el caldo con 1/2 de una cucharada de sal. (Puedes agregar más después.)


11. En este tiempo alamejor necesitarás agregar más agua. Por si se evaporo mucha. Agrega más o menos una copa de agua oh como veas que necesite.

12. Ahora agriega la zanahoria y tapa la por 15 min.

13. Después el repollo también por 15 min.

14.Ahora las papas. Si 15 min. también :)!

15. Últimamente agrega la calabaza por 10 min. Chekea las verduras k estén listas sino puedes dejarlas otros 5 min más.

16. Agrega más sal so necesita más después remueve la Hoya de la estufa.

17. Sirve el caldo. Agregarle limón fresco si gusta y cilantro y jalapeño fresco. Y unas tortillas para acompañar el caldo.

Caldo de Res

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96 Responses to Caldo De Res: Authentic Mexican Beef and Vegetable Soup

  1. Alan Christensen December 17, 2013 at 12:45 am #

    i would suggest that you get more flavor if you start with the ribs without water (but a little oil) and brown them first. Then cover with water and boil.

    • Nessa Lutack January 28, 2014 at 7:11 am #

      I agree!

    • JoeBeezie February 9, 2014 at 12:15 am #

      When you boil the ribs first you are creating a broth…
      however, I agree you lose flavor going this route…

      I’ve been researching this dish as my girl is craving her grandmothers dish but I’ve never made it before.

      I’m making it tomorrow, following this as a base recipe with the following exceptions.
      1. I have my own beef broth made from bones over time.
      2. I will be using tri-tip I am going to cube, season, flour and brown.
      3. I feel adding cumin will add more earthiness which will compliment the veggies.

      I’ll let you know how it comes out….

      Tip: save the rib bones. Bake them then crack and boil with celery, carrots and onions salt / pepper to taste. Reduce and add water several times (kind of like french onion soup) finally strain. I like to freeze in Ice cube trays and add to sauces, veggies and other preparations as needed…

      • Marie Saba
        Marie Saba March 2, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

        Oh wow — I bet your broth was delicious! I will be saving rib bones in the future — thanks for the suggestion! Best, Marie

        • Ady June 13, 2016 at 11:31 pm #

          My mom makes this exact caldo the same way. Only thing we add to it and it’s a must try is make rice with it and to top it off add banana it taste amazing. also every caldo de res needs Chile al molkajete to eat your meat with along with tortillas.

          • Marie Saba
            Marie Saba June 14, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

            Love this! Yes yes to tortillas and rice and chile … but banana?? I have never tried that but sounds interesting! Thanks so much for taking time to leave a comment xoxo, Marie

    • David McNeely August 17, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

      That would not be authentic Mexican Caldo de res, as the beef is not supposed to be browned and the broth is suppose to be “white” broth.

      I have eaten Caldo de res in many parts of Mexico and South Texas. The beef is never browned. I have not had it with short ribs, however, always with beef shank, bone in.

      • Leti January 9, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

        McNeely, you are correct. I am from Mexico, and I know.

      • David McNeely January 15, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

        Thank you. BTW, I made caldo de res following this recipe, except using beef shank, and found it quite simple to do, and the results to be delicious.

        Thank you to Marie for the recipe and instructions.

      • Gina January 28, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

        I agree. I was brought up in El Paso, TX and my mother never browned the
        beef in oil before adding water/broth. I also add chayote squash and not zuchinni to the soup.

  2. Nina (@CheesepuffNina) January 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    You are beautiful and a genius. Thanks for making a traditional, some what complicated soup very easy to make.

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba March 2, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

      Hi Nina! Well that is the nicest comment ever :) Thank you for taking time to leave a note. I’m thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the soup. Best, Marie

  3. LaLa January 25, 2014 at 11:16 pm #

    I dislike all canned soups and will only eat homemade recipes so today I tried yours and am happy to report that it permanently replaces another recipe I was using. I love that the flavors are so bold that I’m able to limit how much salt I add to the soup as I like to watch my sodium intake. As with most made-from-scratch recipes, it did require several hours in the kitchen, but it is absolutely worth it and I have leftovers!! Thank you for sharing your recipe!!

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba March 2, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

      Hi! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for the note! Best, Marie

  4. Alan Christensen February 23, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    I made caramelized onions for a french onion soup (separate dinner). I had some extra and put about 1/2 cup into the pot of caldo when I reheated it. It added a lot of flavor. It doesn’t change the essential character of the broth, but intensified it.

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba February 26, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

      Oh wow! Love this Alan! Thanks for the idea!

  5. John Lyles Jr. March 2, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    Great recipe! Made it this weekend for the one big storm we get here southern Cali! It was awesome! Gonna try it again once it’s New Mexico green chile season and incorporate them into the onion tomato mixture. Keep up the good work!

  6. Deborah Leos March 4, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    Hi Marie, I’ve been married for 40 years n never made caldo always found it was too complicated. Thank you so much yours was so easy to follow. By the way this it was so delicious that I’m making again.

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba March 19, 2014 at 11:07 am #

      Hello Deborah! How wonderful! I’m so glad it was easy and delicious :) Very best, Marie

    • Alma January 28, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

      It’s not complicated but time consuming.

  7. tonia March 19, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    I’ve been looking for this recipe a long time gonna make it Sunday.. can’t wait. Thanks so much!

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba March 24, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

      Hi Tonia! Wonderful! Hope it turned out well. Best, Marie

  8. Joey Guerrero March 24, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Got hurt at work, at home and love to cook. Wife favorite meal is Caldo, thx for the step by step, wife loved it the 1st time making it again.I know it’s good when my mother in-law gave me the thumbs up…

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba January 9, 2015 at 11:59 pm #

      Hi Joey! Thanks for the note! I’m so happy to hear that your wife and mother in-law approve! Hope you heal quickly. Very best, Marie

  9. Hilda Perez April 25, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    I also like it when my mom adds chayote!! Its my fave. This will be my first attempt at making it!

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba July 30, 2014 at 7:30 am #

      Hi Hilda! Yes, yes chayote if you have it around! I would love to hear how the caldo turned out! What were some other of your favorite dishes of your mom’s? I would love to hear. Best, Marie

      • Hilda July 30, 2014 at 10:34 am #

        It came out great and the hubby loved it too!! :) another one of my favorites is her chilallo (sp check) and her own spin on chiles reyenos, she doesn’t batter them in egg or fry them. And makes a delicious chipotle sauce I have yet to conquer & stuffs them with cheese instead of meat :)

        • Marie Saba
          Marie Saba July 30, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

          Oh Hilda! That sounds amazing! You are lucky to have had such a good teacher :) Hugs!

  10. jimwellborn2014 August 3, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    This is a great recipe! It takes a little time, but with the vigorous cooking going on, the process is exciting and moves along at a nice pace. Plus, your recommendations for the proper order are spot on. Fresh, hot soup with tender and flavorful meat, vegetables and a wonderful broth have combined to create the best soup I’ve had in years. I am amazed that salt is the only spice and it was plenty! Thanks for the awesome recipe!!!

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba August 3, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

      Oh my goodness what a wonderful note! Thank you Jim! Completely made my day :) I am so glad you enjoyed the soup and thank you for taking time to leave a comment. Stay in touch, won’t ya? Very best, Marie

      • jimwellborn2014 September 5, 2014 at 9:22 am #

        I was completely shocked that you wrote back and it took a whole month to regain my composure! Thank you. I just checked out your recipe for things to do with perfect beans and my enthusiasm continues. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Warm regards, Jim

  11. weena September 8, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    I have searched so many recapee for caldo only you give the correct advice on how to add the veggies thank you so much this is one meal I can make like his mother . god bless you and thanks again .

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba September 9, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

      Hello! Thanks so much for your comment! I am so glad that this recipe is what you are looking for! It is so delicious — he will think his mother made it :) Very best, Marie

  12. Mariella September 16, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

    I just made this, it was my very first time making a caldo de res. It came out delicious. Thank you for pointing out the fact that the vegetables have to go in in increments. I think I would of had mush if I had not read this. Great recipe!

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba October 27, 2014 at 7:10 am #

      Hi Mariella! Thank you so much for the note! Yes, the timing of the vegetables is so important for the soup, and I’m so glad that it turned out well for you. With gratitude and best wishes, Marie

  13. rosarii September 23, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    It came out delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba October 27, 2014 at 7:07 am #

      Hello Rosarii! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the soup! You are most welcome for the recipe. Thank you for your comment. With gratitude and best wishes, Marie

  14. Jim Wellborn October 10, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    Last night I made this recipe again, and it was even better. Somehow, the steps you provide seem to illustrate a recipe for patience that is just as satisfying as the delicious soup. I really appreciate what you have done. Thank you!

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba October 27, 2014 at 7:05 am #

      Hi Jim! Thanks for the comment! Isn’t it interesting how cooking can teach us lessons for life? I love that you embrace the patience required for this soup. And I’m so glad that you have continued to enjoy the recipe! Thank you for your comments — I appreciate your feedback and encouragement! With gratitude and best wishes, Marie

  15. Debbie Padilla October 16, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    Hi Marie, thank you so much for simplifying this recipe. I’m from California where there is good Mexican food everywhere. Well let’s just say that isn’t the case here in Tennessee unless I make it myself. So I love it when I find an authentic recipe such as yours that is user friendly. God Bless you and keep those good recipes coming.

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba October 27, 2014 at 7:02 am #

      Hi Debbie! Thank you so much for the comment! I’m thrilled to hear that this recipe has been a success for you! What other Mexican dishes have you been missing in Tennessee? I am always looking for new recipes to post and would love to hear a few of your favorites. Thank you again. With much gratitude and best wishes, Marie

  16. Mireya Wall October 26, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    I am making this caldo as I type. This is not my first but my fifth time following your guide. I just love it!! Thank You!!!!

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba October 27, 2014 at 6:59 am #

      Hi Mireya! Thank you so much for the note! Five times! Wow, that is wonderful. I am so glad that you enjoy this soup as much as we do. With gratitude and best wishes, Marie

  17. Esther November 1, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    Hola Marie, I’ve made caldo before but it was always done quickly. After reading your recipe, I decided to take my time & give it a try. I added ground cumino & garlic salt but other that, I followed your recipe… We’ll see how it comes out… Thank you for sharing your story & recipe..

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba November 2, 2014 at 10:12 am #

      Hola Esther! Thanks so much for the note! I can’t wait to hear how it compares to your quicker recipe! More importantly, I hope it warms you on these cool fall days. Very best, Marie

  18. juana cortinas November 13, 2014 at 1:08 am #

    Been looking fur this recipe to make this caldo this is one my favorite Mexican caldos and will try to make over the weekend it’s getting cold here in Austin Texas gunna try ND master this fur this Bar my uncle works. @ but need to feed LOTS OF PEOPLE HOPE THIS TURNS OUT GOOD THANKS FOR THIS EASY TO DO STEPS I DIDN’T KNOW THAT THE VEGGIES HAD THERE DIFF TIMES SLOTS CAN’T WAIT TO MAKE AND ENJOY THANKS MARIE

  19. Dahlia November 16, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    Hello Maria, I have never made caldo before so I googled for a recipe. I am so glad I picked yours . I loved the pics and the step by step on adding the veggies.everything was cooked perfect. My husband loved it !!!as did I. It did take some time , but was well worth it .. I will be making this again and again. Thank you for sharing your wonderful receipe

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba December 2, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

      Hi Dahlia! Thanks so much for your note! I am so glad to hear that the pictures and steps were easy to follow, and that you and your husband enjoyed it! That is wonderful. Thank you for sharing — comments like yours inspire me to write more recipes :) Best, Marie

  20. Dennis November 21, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    Awesome recipe. I needed a recipe for Caldo de Res to make my Hispanic girlfriend. I left out the squash and potatoes, and added 2 Knorr Caldo de Res bouillon cubes and 1/4 teaspoon of Cumin. Turned out better than any caldo I’ve ever tasted in South Texas. She loved it. Thanks Marie.

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba December 2, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

      Hi Dennis! Thanks so much for the note! I’m thrilled to hear that your girlfriend approved and so flattered that you liked it better than you’ve had before in South Texas! I bet the bouillon cubes and cumin added great flavor — thanks for the tip! Best, Marie

  21. Davee November 30, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    this is a wonderful recipe, and simple to follow. thank you for sharing it! tastes better than the ones I’ve tried at restaurants!

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba December 2, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

      Hi Davee! Thanks for the comment! I’m so glad you enjoyed and were able to follow the recipe. I like it better than restaurants, too! Hooray for home cooking :) Best, Marie

  22. Indira December 8, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

    Hi Marie, sound like a great recipe. I don’t eat beef. Can I substitute the beef for chicken?

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba December 11, 2014 at 11:50 pm #

      Hi Indira! Thanks for the note! Yes, you can sub chicken for the beef. In fact, I am planning to write up the same recipe as a Caldo de Pollo soon … just haven’t gotten to it yet! For the chicken, you can use various pieces, but I do recommend bone-in and skin-on for extra flavor. After cooking, you could serve as is, or if you prefer, you could remove the skin and bones and just leave the shredded chicken. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks again and please stay in touch :) Best, Marie

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba December 12, 2014 at 10:30 am #

      Hi again Indira! One other thing: you won’t need to boil the chicken for the full hour like the beef. 20 minutes is plenty for the chicken, which will continue to cook as you add the other vegetables. Best, Marie

      • Diana January 4, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

        Thank you so much for this recipe,I never really learned how to cook traditional Mexican food.I always crave things like this that my mother would make.The ending result its like my mother was in my kitchen while I was making it! I facetimed her the end result and her response was ” ahora si ya Te puedes casar” lol

        • Marie Saba
          Marie Saba January 4, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

          Hi Diana! Oh my goodness this made me laugh out loud! I had to immediately call my mother and tell her what your mother said, and then my mom starting laughing, too! Seriously, that is the cutest thing. I’m so happy that it turned out well and that it reminded you of your mom’s cooking. It’s amazing how some memories from childhood can last a lifetime. Thanks so much for taking time to leave a note. I hope you’ll stay in touch! Very best, Marie

  23. Maria January 9, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

    Marie: cold front coming in to San Antonio Tx right now & I have tried one other online recipe …. I’m making my caldito texmex style & adding some Arroz to my caldito …. with some tortillas de maiz….thanks for the inspiration. … p.s. I was laughing @ the last comment. …. too funny

  24. Rima Roerish January 12, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    I was wondering how soon to add each vegetable so they wouldn’tbe soggy. your recipe helped a lot. Gracias just like my moms caldo. Rima

  25. Danielle L Christian January 19, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    My husband and I fell in love with this soup from our favorite Mexican restaurant so I decided to try making it myself. Your recipe was spot on!!! My local ethnic market had a fresh kit with the veggies so i just added a few more because I made a huge pot to freeze. It was amazing and the next day even better! Our local restaurant also gives rice on the side to add, but I omitted it from my dish to make it as low carb as possible. There were so many veggies and meat that I never missed the rice or tortillas!

    Thank you!

  26. claudia January 23, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    Will be doing this today but I will be adding white bone

  27. Chuck green January 23, 2015 at 5:21 pm #

    I used to live in Indio, California, where there was numerous mexican food restaurants and the competition between them was stiff. One restaurant stood out from the rest when it came to caldo de res. For 15 years I would go here for this and other foods. I always tried to get them to let me in on their secret to the recipe as I would try to make it at home and it never came out near as good as theirs.

    Finally, when I retired and had bought property in Northern Arizona, they relented and gave me their recipe. The ingredient that I missed? Instead of water in the recipe, they used chicken broth. I don’t know if anyone else has tried this, but it makes this soup perfect for me.

  28. Jim Wellborn January 23, 2015 at 8:17 pm #

    I think broth is a wonderful idea if you’re in a hurry. The nature of this particular recipe, which takes over two hours if followed as directed, creates all the flavor one might want. Just my opinion of course.

  29. Rebecca February 11, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

    Thank you for the great recipe! If it weren’t for this recipe I’d probably just throw the veggies in all together and have mush.My husband (from Sonora) came home from work and was very excited to see caldo de res simmering away.

  30. jason February 22, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

    I made this recipe .. and I gotta say my gf was super impressed I followed it step by step.. I tried making this before and was unsuccessful.. I found your recipe and thought I’d try it … needless to say I was speechless it was awesome.. I gave some to my mom which she’s a very traditional Mexican woman and given that she knows how to make this I wasn’t sure what she was going to say… she wasn’t impressed with the prior soups I made and so this one ….well blew her socks off … to hear that my mom was loving this soup it brought tears to my eyes… I’m such a momas boy… but wit some minor tweaks.. add in minced garlic and a 8 Oz v8 she said this would be better than restaurant quality soup.. I will be making this from hear on out.

  31. Letty March 1, 2015 at 11:50 am #

    Thank you, thank you so much Maria for this simple, yet delicious recipe! While making this soup it totally took me back to my childhood & suddenly I was standing in the kitchen next to my mom asking if I could skim the foam from the pot!
    I made this exactly as you said & it was as delicious as I remember my moms being. I also made my “arroz”/Spanish rice to put in the soup! My family absolutely loved it!

    Tip- it really does make all the difference if you use lemon, cilantro & jalapeños for your garnish & don’t forget the corn tortillas:)

  32. Letty Klar March 1, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    Maria, I forgot to mention that the long process of making this soup is actually therapeutic. Thanks again:)
    God bless you & your family

  33. nereyda April 18, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    a mi me gusta usar el consome de res enves de la sal y esta super delicioso

  34. Ana May 22, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    Hola, soy mexicana y resido en Estados Unidos desde hace cinco años, y debo decir que esta receta me hizo volar a los años de mi feliz infancia cuando disfrutábamos del delicioso caldo de res que mi mamá cocinaba. Me encantó tu expresión “Dame paciencia Señor!” Jajaja
    Gracias por compartir la recta y por dar a conocer que la auténtica comida mexicana no necesariamente tiene que ir acompañada por miles de condimentos siempre, no todo es mole poblano o oaxaqueño!!!
    Un abrazo,
    Ana Esparza

  35. Cheryl August 12, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    I love Caldo de res!!!!! I’m dying for some now! But it is too hot!! A bowl of this soup and two soft corn tortillas. . . that is my comfort food.

  36. Daniel S. October 19, 2015 at 12:48 pm #


    Just made the Caldo and it was great. Both me and my wife loved it. Thank you for sharing.

    Daniel S.

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba October 29, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

      Wonderful! Thank you for taking time to leave a note! I’m so glad to hear that you both enjoyed it. Stay in touch! My best, Marie

  37. Jennifer December 23, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

    I am in Monterrey with mi suegra and she was wondering which part of Mexico your recipe is from. I have used your recipe (chambrete & chayote added) with great success. Now I can see what is different here in my new family’s methods. I have a hard time finding the “right” recipes because everyone has their own regional & family versions. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe!!

    • Cheryl January 7, 2016 at 9:59 am #

      I am from Texas. This is the style of caldo de res that is made in the San Antonio area. Yummy!

  38. Lyndsey Abatie-Gonzales February 24, 2016 at 3:30 am #

    Thank you so so much! Being new to cooking, I’m far from a fan of what I can cook,until yesterday when I made this :) I cooked mine in a crock pot all day and the flavor of your ingredients made my soup out of this world! Muy deliciosa! Gracias!!

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba February 26, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

      So good to hear! Thanks for sharing! xoxo, Marie

  39. Turkey June 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

    Ribs? In caldo de res? Never heard of it being done that way.

  40. Yessie September 20, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

    Made the soup and it was delicious , I did added more flavor to it but overeall it was a hit!!!!

  41. Oscar September 23, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    Hi Marie Saba, Love the pictures and how you specified how long to cook the ingridients for, I am single and dont know how to cook, so I tried this, came out to perfection :))) I will be definetly be trying out other of your recepies :)

  42. Lucy October 16, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

    This recipe reminded me of my mom’s caldo. I don’t live close and doubt that she still makes it due to ailing health. She did make rice but it was up to anyone to add it into their bowls. I made your recipe today and it was to die for. My husband loved it and said it was a ‘keeper’! Thank you so much for sharing your traditional, delicious recipe! I’m going to pass it down to my own children since you made this very easy to make. Good job!

  43. stephanie November 3, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    i have been craving caldo de res for a while and usually try and find some place that makes it…..most places don’t serve it =( thank you for making it simple!!!
    the picture you have posted in the this article reminds of a place here in southern nm called the cat walk in the mountains above silver city.

    am to try it today….thanks for the help!
    deming, nm

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba November 7, 2016 at 10:19 pm #

      Hi Stephanie! So glad you like the recipe and feel that it is simple enough to actually try! That’s my goal on this blog :) Such a wonderful soup to have in the winter. You know, I think that picture was taken in New Mexico! We were on a family road trip to California, and I think we stopped in New Mexico. The picture is from about 30 years ago … amazing you could recognize the place! Thanks so much for leaving a note; I love to hear from readers. With gratitude, Marie

    • stephanie November 11, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

      i made the caldo the other day however i had to substitute the beef with pork ribs =) yum yum turned out good! i seared the chunks of pork the followed the basic recipe.
      turned out really good in my humble opinion =)
      thanks for the help!

      • David McNeely November 14, 2016 at 12:40 am #

        So, you made caldo de puerco. I am sure it was great, just a different meat, not traditional.

  44. Jessica Furubotten November 27, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    I want to make this recipe so bad but one daughter is allergic to corn and the other daughter doesn’t like tomatoes what can I use to substitute these two ingredients?

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba December 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

      Hi Jessica! Sorry for the delay … I would just leave out the corn and tomatoes. It will still be delicious without them! You could add a bit more of another of the veggies if you want — carrot, squash or potatoes. Hope that helps! Very best, Marie

  45. Maria Isaacs December 7, 2016 at 6:52 pm #

    My grandmother used to make this, she was from Jalisco. I made it just this way for my husband, its now his favorite soup, he asked me to make it again! Thank you for the recipe since I had never learned it from my grandmother.. it tastes just like it should!

  46. Raquel December 8, 2016 at 12:51 am #

    Thank you so much for your story and photos and step by step instructions – my first time making this delicious soup. My entire family loved it. The flavors are amazing. We used just regular beef rump roast. Cut into small chunks. With love, from Lakeside, CA!

  47. B.morales December 18, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

    Caldo and menudo are two favorites I never learned to make because you think your mom is gonna be around FOREVER I guess. Well sadly it’s time to learn and ,after reading SEVERAL how-to’s, yours was simple to follow and the results were delicious. I appreciate you sharing and helping me keep my family caldo happy too!

  48. ZB January 7, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

    Like your recipe.! It’s similar to mine here on the border in el Valle — Texas. :)

    It’s rare that I meet a caldo that I don’t like.

    What’s most important is that it’s made with care, attention, and lots of love – not how long bones are boiled for the broth- but those are good, too!! :)

    • ZB January 7, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

      And I meant to add that your recipe includes those three most important ingredients ^^^

      Thanks for sharing!

    • ZB January 7, 2017 at 8:19 pm #

      And one more thing :) I think the order of putting ingredients in the pot (as you say) is far more important than whether the meat is browned (or not) or whether the broth is white ( or brown, or mildly tomatey). Or this cut of meat or that.
      I agree with the poster that said that in south Texas it’s most common to get unbrowned meat and a white/clear broth, in restaurants. But authenticity it is what you grew up with, so your mom Or abuela’s homecooked may differ!

  49. Carol W. June 28, 2017 at 12:04 am #

    We love this soup! I have to make some changes, such as using white sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes because of food allergies. It works great. Thanks for showing us how to make it and have it turn out great.

  50. Carole Perez Blair November 2, 2017 at 9:03 pm #

    9th generation Texan here. I’ve always had my mom and grandmother to make it. So spoiled I was and after my mother’s passing this past June I thought I’ll never find that homemade flavor again. My house smells amazing and the flavor so much like what I remember. Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe and bringing back so many happy memories!

  51. Rey January 25, 2018 at 6:26 am #

    I prefer my soup with a little color so I added tomato sauce and I also added rice in the last 15 minutes of the cooking time


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