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Spicy Caldo De Res Recipe
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Kathy Cano-Murillo

I’m artist and writer Kathy Cano-Murillo and I share articles about Latino-inspired crafts, Phoenix life, recipes, pop culture, travel, entrepreneurship and more! My goal is to spread positivity through creativity with my handmade goods, articles, books, product lines and workshops! I love working with Rumba Meats because they understand that it's not just about cooking and eating, it's about celebrating life through memorable experiences!

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Spicy Caldo de Res

Caldo de Res is my husband’s favorite comfort food. He says it reminds him of his grandmother’s Sonoran Yaqui-inspired stew she made for him growing up. Caldo de res means “Beef Stew” but it’s really more like a vegetable beef stew.

It’s perfect for the holiday family gatherings, especially for Las Posadas!

The secret key is to start with marrow bones, and that is where Rumba Meats comes in! I’m part of their winter campaign to celebrate making Latin recipes for the family. My husband, Patrick, is the chef of the house and he gladly volunteered to share his grandmother’s recipe with all of us!

Pinatas on table with a colorful background

As part of the campaign, we were sent five beautiful piñatas with coupon packs to give away to friends and family, so they can get in on the fun as well!


Heat oil in a pot, brown onion and garlic and add beef marrow bones. On medium high, let them sweat together for two minutes. Add in the stew meat, add salt and pepper. Let it all brown without burning. Add a bit more salt and pepper and garlic salt if desired.

Spicy Caldo De Res Preparation Step 1

Add beef broth, tomato sauce and 1 quart of water. Let boil on medium-high. Skim froth from top. Add the potatoes, corn, carrots, garbanzo beans, green chile. Let simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

Spicy Caldo De Res Preparation Step 2

Next, add the remaining ingredients, add water if needed. Add more salt and pepper if needed. Patrick says to leave the marrow bones in there, one per serving. The prize is to get one and suck out the center!

To make it spicy, cut half a serrano pepper and add it to the soup. Remove before serving.

Spicy Caldo De Res Preparation Step 3

Recipe Notes

To make it spicy, slice a serrano pepper in half lengthwise and add to soup with vegetables. Remove before serving.


  1. Heat oil in a pot, add onions and garlic and saute over medium heat. Add beef marrow bones and sweat over medium heat for 2 minutes.
  2. Add beef stew meat and season with salt and pepper. Brown marrow bones and stew meat over medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
  3. Add beef broth, tomato sauce and 1-quart water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, skimming froth from top of broth as it cooks.
  4. Add potatoes, corn, carrots, garbanzo beans and green chilies. Simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  5. Add celery, bouillon, squash and cabbage, adding additional water, if needed. Simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes until vegetables are tender and marrow bones reach an internal temperature of 160ºF. Season to taste with salt and pepper.