4 Caldo Recipes to Warm You on Chilly Winter Days

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During the winter, caldo becomes the dish of choice in the Texas Hill Country, especially in San Antonio, but sometimes, you don’t have the time or money to go out. Why not have a supply of caldo recipes on hand to make in these situations? Try these warming soups when the next cold front blows through Texas.

1. Caldo de Res

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If you didn’t know, caldo de res is simply beef soup. Filled with fresh vegetables and big, savory chunks of beef, this dish is sure to satisfy on a cold winter day. Check out Cathy Nunn’s recipe on Just a Pinch Recipes for how to make caldo de res.

2. Caldo de Pollo

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Photo: Pinterest/Mama Maggie’s Kitchen

Though you may only think of chicken soup as for when you feel sick, try this caldo de pollo from Mama Maggie’s Kitchen for something heartier. This dish with large pieces of vegetables and chicken makes an ideal main course. Since it cooks in one pot, you’ll cut down on clean up. And with nothing canned in the recipe, this is one of the healthiest, all-natural dishes you can serve for dinner.

3. Caldo de Camaron

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Photo: Pinterest/La Cocina de Leslie

Feeling like seafood? Why not warm up with La Cocina de Leslie’s caldo de camaron recipe? This spicy soup includes flavorful additions such as chiles and cilantro. While many other caldo recipes start with making the broth from scratch, this one takes much less time by using a tomato base. In fact, you don’t want to add the shrimp until the last 10 minutes of cooking to keep them tender and tasty.

4. Caldo Gallego

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JerseyBlue posts on Big Oven a hearty white bean soup, called caldo gallego. Though packed with healthy turnips and kale, this recipe also has big flavor thanks to the addition of chorizo (sausage) and unto (salt pork) because what makes bean dishes better than pork? If you’ve ever made a bean soup on a winter day, try this as an unusual take on traditional caldo recipes.