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Caldo de res

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 potatoes.green 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 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: mexican soup, soup
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 104kcal


  • 2 beef shanks
  • 2 chayotes cubed
  • 2 mini zucchinis cubed
  • 2 medioum 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)


Nutrition Facts
Caldo de Res
Amount Per Serving
Calories 104 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 144mg 6%
Potassium 653mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 54%
Vitamin C 48.6%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 16.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 653mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 54% | Vitamin C: 48.6% | Calcium: 6.5% | Iron: 16.5%

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  1. 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

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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!

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

  6. Marisa Franca

    We love soups of all kinds. This soup looks so satisfying and light at the same time. All of the ingredients compliment each other. Wonderful soup for a chilly Fall night.

  7. Mexican flavored soup are so refreshing and so comforting. And the beef soup looks absolutely that! Bursting with so many amazing flavors, too good

  8. I have never heard of this before,looks so wonderful! Love that you topped it with avocado,such a hearty soup.

  9. this looks like a nice and hearty soup perfect for this time of year.

  10. I have never heard of this before. It sounds delicious – and I love anything I can top with avocado!

  11. Oh, how interesting but I’ve never heard of Mexican beef soup. But from the ingredients, I can tell that this would be absolutely delicious. Saving this for later.

  12. Kelly Anthony

    What a gorgeous soup! It somehow looks light and hearty all at the same time!

  13. Oh my goodness – I’ve never heard of this before! How have I missed this?!? It looks incredible, just bursting with so many wonderful flavors and textures! And it’s just so very simple, too – I always love that! Terrific post – I’m definitely pinning this to share!

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