Beef Soup with Chayote | Caldo de Res con Chayote

During the winter months I make lots of soup to keep my family warm. It’s always been a tradition in our home to welcome guests and family members with a warm bowl of soup. The smell of the vegetables cooking and traditional Mexican comfort food brings back memories of dishes my mother cooks for us. The deliciousness of Mexican food is something that everyone should try, whether they make it themselves or go to a restaurant to try The best Mexican food in their area, it is not something that should be passed on.

I went grocery shopping at a local Mexican market and purchased ingredients to make a traditional Mexican beef soup. While at the supermarket, I had a conversation with one of the gourmet butchers about the best beef cut for soup. He recommended top sirloin, a chuck roast, and beef shank. I settled on the Beef Shanks because it is tender, lean, and boneless, and asked the butcher to cut the meat into chunks. And he made it exactly as I wanted. Trust me, there is a different satisfaction in sourcing the products by yourself, especially when it is a meat item you are making. For other things like butter or topic chocolate bar or any packaged item for that matter, I can rely on online stores, but for nonvegetarian stuff, I need to be in the store myself. With the perfectly cut beef pieces, I was on a good start to making the perfect traditional Mexican beef soup.

As I walked through the produce section I found fresh cilantro, carrots, bright orange carrots, cabbage, green beans and a medium Chayote. Chayote is a pear like fruit, originally native to Mexico and traditionally served hot. When served cold it is normally added to salad in small thin slices. Chayote has a squash-like taste and consistency and comes from the gourd family, such as cucumbers, melons, and squash. It also adds great flavor to soup.

After completing my trip to the market and making the Caldo de Res, I realized I need visit our local Mexican food market more often. Looking forward to my next adventure!

Beef Soup with Chayote | Caldo de Res con Chayote

Beef Soup with Chayote Recipe | Receta de Caldo de Res Con Chayote
2 lbs. beef shank
1 lg. tomato
1 clove garlic
1 sprig fresh or dry cilantro
1 green onion
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 chayote, cut into round chunks
6 green beans
1 white corn, cut into 4 chunks
1/2 lb. carrots, peeled and cut in chunks
2 med. white potatoes, cut in chunks
1/2 green cabbage, cut in 1/4 chunks
1. Cut the meat into 2 inch chunks and put in a large pot with 5 quarts cold water.
2. Add the tomato, garlic, salt, pepper, and onion; let stand 15 minutes.
3. Bring to boil quickly, then cover and let simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until meat is tender.
4. Add chayote, green beans, white corn, carrots, potatoes, cilantro and cabbage.
5. Cover pot and cook at medium heat for 20 minutes longer.
6. Serve Warm and with love.
Buen Provecho!

Question: What is your favorite way of preparing beef soup? Do you ask your local butcher to cut your meats?

Eva Smith

Publisher at Tech Life Magazine
Eva is an award winning entrepreneur and Publisher of Tech Life Magazine. She has been recognized by Ford Motor Company as a Mujer Legendaria Inteligente (Smart Entrepreneur), USA Today Magazine as a Top Blogger to Watch and Latina Magazine as a Top 25 Latinas Who Shine in Technology. Her work has also been featured on Mashable,, Babble, Baby Center,, USA Today, Latina Magazine, Huffington Post, National Parks Services, Voxxi, NBC Latino, Rolling Stone Magazine & more.She is technologist, engineer, bilingual freelance writer, speaker and digital media consultant.


  1. MMMMMM I’m drooling! Thanks for sharing Eva! I’m intimidated by butchers lol

  2. Perfect for today and my cold 🙁

  3. I love to eat caldo de res, but I usually make albondigas with beef. My tia makes great caldo and the MExican Market is basically my second home

  4. Love me some chayote. I roast them a lot with other vegetables for a Ratatouille type dish. Sooo good. And easy to work with.

  5. This recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing– pinning it for later use!


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