Rustic Beef Caldo




Rustic Beef Caldo

Rustic Beef Caldo
Total Recipe Time:  2-3/4 to 3 hours
Makes 6 servings


3 pounds beef Shank Cross Cut, cut 1 to 1-1/2 inches thick1 tablespoon vegetable oil2 cups water1 can (14 to 14-1/2 ounces) beef broth2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro4 cloves garlic, minced2 teaspoons salt2 teaspoons pepper1/2 teaspoon ground cumin5 cups coarsely chopped cabbage2 medium ears corn, husked, cut into 3 pieces each1/2 pound small red-skinned potatoes, cut in half or left whole if small1 large onion, cut into 1-inch pieces2 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 medium zucchini or Mexican zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 medium tomatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 lime, cut into wedges (optional)


  1. Heat oil in stockpot over medium heat until hot. Brown beef shanks, in batches, on all sides. Pour off drippings.
  2. Return beef to stockpot. Add water, broth, cilantro, garlic, salt, pepper and cumin; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until beef is fork-tender.
  3. Add cabbage, corn, potatoes, onion and carrots to stockpot; return to a simmer. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20 minutes. Add zucchini and tomatoes; simmer, covered, 10 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  4. Garnish with lime wedges, if desired.


Mexican zucchini (also called calabacita or tatuma squash) is similar to zucchini and yellow squash but has a shorter, stockier shape, speckled light green skin and denser, drier flesh. They are available at Latin American or Mexican grocery stores and some supermarkets.
Nutrition information per serving: 319 calories; 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat); 81 mg cholesterol; 1141 mg sodium; 19 g carbohydrate; 4.8 g fiber; 39 g protein; 7.8 mg niacin; 0.7 mg vitamin B6; 3.9 mcg vitamin B12; 5.1 mg iron; 32.0 mcg selenium; 11.5 mg zinc.This recipe is an excellent source of fiber, protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc.
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