So the weather is cooling off and not a better time like the present to enjoy a nice big bowl of caldo de res. Simple to make and delicious to eat.
Here are the things we’ll need for the pot.
12 cups water
2 lbs beef shanks with bone
1 bulb of garlic (head of garlic)
2 bay leaves
2 to 3 tablespoons salt
4 white potatoes, chopped into 1 inch cuts
3 Serrano chiles, roughly chopped
1 small white onion, diced,
4 carrots, sliced thick
3 ears of corn, cut into 9 pieces, 4 cups green cabbage, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
16 corn tortillas, if desired,
1 large lime, cut into wedges, as desired
This is how we do it:
In a large, heavy pot, add 10 cups water, beef, garlic, bay leaves, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt. Bring to a boil, skimming the top when needed. Cover, reduce heat and continue cooking 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the meat becomes tender.
In a Bullet like processor , add the chiles, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 cup water, blend until smooth, set aside.
Once meat becomes tender, remove bay leaves and bulb of garlic. Add potatoes to the pot, along with the onions, carrots and corn. Add the remaining 2 cups water, taste the broth for salt and season to taste. Bring it
When potatoes are tender, remove the corn and meat from the soup, transfer to a large bowl, cover to keep warm.
Add cabbage and 1/4 cup of cilantro to the soup. Cook for just another 15 to 20 minutes, until cabbage becomes tender, but is still crisp. Remove soup from heat and let sit for 15 minutes
Makes about 8 bowls. Add corn and some of the meat to each bowl. Garnish with lemon wedges, cilantro, and Serrano salsa for some added spice.
OMG, I love Caldo de Res and you will too. Happy, Healthy Eating !