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Rich, full of flavor, hearty and extremely satisfying caldo de res is our favorite soup and an outstanding weekly tradition .

caldo de res mexican beef soup

Caldo de Res is the most flavorful and delicious soup that I ever tried. So satisfying and hearty, full of fantastic flavor to please everyone over the dinner table! 

How to make Caldo de Res

  1. Just like any other meat based broth, you need to get good quality beef. For this soup its very common to use beef shanks. They are incredibly flavorful and that bone marrow is so yummy!beef shanks in water
  2. Once you get your meat, place it with lots of water into a big pot and let simmer for about 2 hours, with lid closed
  3. Prepare vegetables. Cut cabbage into wedges, cube zucchinis and chayotes (Mexican squash), i like to cut corn into 3 pieces. Carrots and onion need to be sliced too. Cube vegetables
  4. Once broth is nice and rich, add potatoes , chayotes and corn. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes and then add zuchinis and cabbage and cook until soft. It will smell heavenly! pot with caldo de res
  5. When it comes to serving, we cant live without nice lime wedges, avocado slices ( I prefer to slice whole avocado and dump on top 🙂 , cilantro and a good sized scoop of sour cream!

Sopa de Res

Making Sopa de res is very easy and rewarding. Just leave it on a stove for a couple hours and voila! Nice rich incredible broth is ready to go.

caldo de res mexican beef soup

Is Caldo de Res healthy and good for you?

Absolutely! Just imaging, its just beef and a bunch of delicious vegetables! Vegetable infused beef broth sprinkled with cilantro, jalapenos and lime juice- delicious and healthy!

caldo de res mexican beef soup

I know a lot of people love to eat Caldo de Res in summertime. We are enjoying it all year long, especially in colder months. Fall and winter is perfect for hot steaming bowl of delicious Mexican soup! We love our Sopa de Res.

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5 from 9 votes

Caldo de Res

Rich, full of flavor, hearty and extremely satisfying caldo de res is our favorite soup and an outstanding weekly tradition .
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time2 hours 25 minutes
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: caldo de res, mexican soup, soup
Servings: 7 servings
Calories: 194kcal
Author: Tatiana


  • 2 lb beef shanks
  • 2 chayotes cubed
  • 2 mini zucchinis cubed
  • 2 medium potatoes cubed
  • 1/2 medium cabbage sliced
  • 2 corn cut in three pieces each
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 carrots sliced
  • ciltantro, avocado, lime, jalapenos for garnish
  • 2 tspn salt (add more to taste)
  • 2 tspn pepper


  • Add water to a large pot (about 6-8 qt). Add beef shanks and simmer over medium heat for about 2 hours, until meat is falling apart and the broth is very rich. Add salt and pepper
  • Now, add corn, potatoes, carrots, onion and chayotes. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, then add zucchinis and cabbage. Let it cook for another10-15 minutes, until very tender.
  • Serve with fresh chopped cilantro, sliced avocado , sliced jalapenos and a dollop of sour cream (optional)


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 939mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3087IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators.

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Recipe Rating


Monday 4th of March 2019

NO NO NO you must first sear your meat before throwing water in and this is for any king of protein. Eww throwing raw meat into water no no no

Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen

Sunday 30th of September 2018

This looks like a soup that an old roommate of mine used to make in our apartment in college. Such a great combination of flavors!

Emily Leary

Sunday 30th of September 2018

A great range of veg in this and some really lovely flavourings to finish! Sounds so tasty with the lime and cilantro.


Sunday 30th of September 2018

What a perfect soup anytime during the year. I really like how many veggies are in there. Bone marrow broth is the best, in my opinion. Saving this, thanks for the recipe!


Sunday 30th of September 2018

I am loving all of the veggies that you have added to the soup! So healthy and with some wonderful flavours