I got this recipe from a Spanish book Mindy brought home from school a while back. It's called Caldo, Caldo, Caldo and they made it sound so good, I had to make this the next day. Since it's pretty much the best soup I've ever made, I really wanted to put the recipe on here so I wouldn't lose it. This is such a perfect way to get your vegetables in on a cold winter's day!
1-2 soup bones (I never found these so I haven't tried it with them, but I'm sure they make it so much more delicious!)
1-2 lbs lean stew meat
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tps cumin
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 ribs of celery
Fill large pot with 4 quarts of water and set on medium heat. Add bones and meat, bring to boil.
Skim off the brown foam.
Add seasonings, onion, garlic & celery and simmer for 2 hours until beef is tender. Add more water as needed.
Add vegetables: (use your favorite vegetables, here are some suggestions, the ones I used are in bold)
2 large carrots
3 large potatoes
1/2 green bell pepper
1 zucchini or squash
1/2 small green cabbage
2 ears corn cut into 4 pieces each (I just dumped some frozen corn in the second time I made this and liked that better, but I might have used old corn the first time)
1 medium tomato
3 sprigs cilantro
Continue to cook soup 30-40 minutes until vegetables are tender. If needed, add more water, salt and seasonings to taste. (I ended up adding a bunch more salt and pepper)
Serve with hot tortillas with a bowlful of flavorful rice on the side and a thin slice of lime.
I really like it just with bread and butter, but that's how I grew up eating soup. You know, you can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl. Or something like that. :)