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Simple Recipe #20: An Italian Version Of Caldo De Res (Mexican Beef Soup)

Making soup from scratch sounds intimidating but you’ll be surprised by the simplicity of this recipe.   Caldo de Res is a hearty Mexican beef and vegetable soup.  We didn’t look up the recipe so my husband put an Italian spin to it by adding red wine, olive oil and peperoncino to the broth.

All you need is:

Beef Shanks ( 4 -5 pieces or 1 pound)

Russet Potatoes (cubed)


Cabbage (1/2 a head)

White corn ( whole, cut in halves; optional but I highly recommend it)

Yellow zucchini (very optional)


Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Peperoncino (I think the standard recipe calls for cumin?)

Red Wine

And all you have to do is:

1 ) Season the beef shank with salt and pepper. In a large pot, add olive oil and sauté the beef shank on both sides.  Add enough water to fill about half the pot.  Cover and simmer for 1 hour.  Add potatoes, carrots, corn and cabbage.  Cover with lid and let simmer for another hour.

2 ) Remove lid, stir, and simmer for another hour with lid off.  We added zucchini at this later stage because it doesn’t require much cooking.  You can also add cabbage at this point if you prefer.  Just before eating, add chopped cilantro.

Tip:  To make this dish last, on the 2nd or 3rd night, add arborio rice and/or Spanish beans to the pot and simmer some more.  These additions make the soup more filling and tricks those who hate leftovers into thinking that it’s a new dish altogether. We also grated parmigiano on top for an even more Italian spin.

Simple Recipe #11: Black Bean And Cheese Burrito

This is more about assembling food than cooking. However, I’m including it on my Simple Recipes list because it’s a good recipe for lunch


1 ) Black beans (1 can)

2 ) Flour tortilla

3 ) Tapatio hot sauce

4 ) Shredded Mexican blend cheese

5 ) Fajita seasoning

6 ) Optional: Avocado, Salsa, Chicken (or other ingredients to mix it up)


1 ) Add fajita seasoning and a bit of salt to the black beans.

2 ) Scoop beans into the flour tortilla.

3) Add cheese.

4 ) Add tapatio sauce. Wrap the tortilla and heat in the microwave for 50 seconds to 1 minute.

What makes this dish super easy is that you can transport the individual ingredients to work and assemble.  I have an hour lunch so I find it much easier to prepare my lunch at work then at home. Plus, I leave the main ingredients at work and create other dishes using these.

For example, stash a bag of tortilla chips and add the beans, cheese and salsa to make nachos for a quick snack. Or boil rice the night before, bring some cooked chicken, and then assemble at work for a Mexican rice bowl (rice, beans, chicken and optional ingredients like cheese, green onions etc..)