Caldillo & Sopa


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Caldillo & Sopa
Recipe type: Soups & Stews
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6
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This is my mom's specialty! Anyone who has had the pleasure of having hers will never forget it! We always make them together but sopa can be served as a side for any other protein.
  • Caldillo:
  • 1 T vegetable or olive oil
  • 2 lbs pork or beef, diced
  • 4-5 medium potatoes, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • ½ C tomato sauce
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 5 C water
  • ¼ C chopped cilantro
  • salt to taste (approx 1½ t)
  • ½ t pepper
  • Sopa:
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • ⅔ lb (300g) elbow macaroni or small shells
  • 1 small 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 3 C water
  • 2 T chopped cilantro
  • sharp cheddar cheese, chopped into chunks or shredded
  • bullion or salt to taste (approx 2 t salt)
  1. Sauté meat, potatoes and onion in oil in a pot or deep pan until meat and onion are cooked
  2. Add tomato sauce, cumin & garlic and sauté for another minute
  3. Add water, cilantro & salt
  4. Bring to boil, lower to simmer and cook until potatoes are tender
  5. While you are making the caldillo, heat oil in medium saucepan
  6. Add pasta and brown, stirring often, until pasta is brown but not burnt
  7. Add tomato sauce and sauté for 1-2 minutes more on med-high heat
  8. Add garlic powder and salt or bullion
  9. Add water and cilantro
  10. Bring to a boil and lower to low simmer and cover
  11. When about half of the water is absorbed, add cheese and stir (save some for top)
  12. Let cook until almost all the water is absorbed, then remove from heat (top with cheese and let stand covered for another few minutes)


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  1. Cecilia Tinajero says:

    I finally made this…I’m eating right now! Believe it or not, this was my first time. I had a few mishaps (the cumin was NOT a screw top so I dumped about 4 tablespoons in the pot and I forgot to put tomato sauce and seasonings in until after I had already added the water) but overall, not too bad for my first time! And I must say…it’s pretty darn yummy!!! Oh and I used ground turkey instead of pork or beef since David can’t eat those. But it still turned out really good! Thanks for giving me the courage to try moms signature recipe! Love you!

    • I’m so happy I was able to facilitate your first caldillo making experience!! Did you make the sopa too? I bet you’re gonna be a great cook before you know it! Why? Cuz you love to eat like your big sis!! 🙂 Love you!

  2. I sure do love to eat! I brought some leftovers to work and Ashlee and another friend tried it and loved it so Im passing on the Tinajero recipe! Love you!

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