Something to warm you up my friends…
Soup anyone? Well, how about some nice hot caldo for this wintry weather?
What’s caldo? Well, it’s basically a big, chunky, beef vege soup done up Mexican! Complete with cumin and cilantro!
Caldo and I – well let me just say that one of my mom’s favorite stories of me growing up was that one time when I was very small, she had made a big pot of caldo for dinner. (Naturally if you’re having caldo the Mexi-way, well there’s corn tortillas involved!)
So the story goes that we were all sitting there enjoying our soup when my mom glanced over and saw me sipping my soup through a tortilla straw! My dad would roll our tortillas up in his hand like a straw-
so naturally being the creative soul…I decided it to put it to good use. That was probably the beginning of my “straw obsession!” They laughed and laughed and I was embarrassed because I thought they were making fun or me, more than laughing at my super – genius use of a corn tortilla.
Pretty clever kid if you ask me!
CALDO de res
1 pound beef shank
1 T oil
2 potatoes, cubed
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1/2 medium head cabbage, chopped
4 small ears corn (frozen or fresh)
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
fresh lime juice to taste
|1.||In a large pot over low heat let the oil heat up and add the beef. Brown for a few minutes, rotating and cooking evenly on each side. Add the potatoes, corn, onion & carrots, along with water to cover. Place lid and cook for about 45 minutes on medium heat.|
|2.||Remove lid, then slowly add the cabbage, garlic, 5 teaspoons cilantro, salt and cumin. Stir, and simmer for another 30-40 minutes with lid off. Serve hot. Just before eating, squeeze in fresh lime juice to taste and sprinkle with remaining cilantro. Enjoy with a side of hot corn tortillas-|
I had been craving this, especially since many of my childhood friends and fam on fb kept posting pics of their soup. I decided to make my own minus the corn (the only thing I didn’t have on hand)–but it was just as great. Funny how tastes and smells can take you back to a distant memory huh?
If you try this—- it will hit the spot AND…it’s delicious~
Angie Bailey (@theladya) says
Caldo looks very tasty. 🙂
Great recipe Belle! Love the beef chunks! What restaurant have you had the best soup? Remember to add it to your Besty List! http://www.thebesty.com/gullycreekcottage