Caldito de Papas

How to make Caldito de Papas


1lb ground beef

3 medium potatoes

1tsp beef bullion

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground garlic

1/2 cup tomato sauce

1/2 cup rotell tomato


Cook ground beef over medium heat.

After the beef is cooked for about 30 minutes,

Add cubes of potatoes and all remaining ingredients.

Cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are soft enough to poke through easily with a fork.

May add a little water if you want it soupier

For Tortillas


2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup lard

1tsp baking powder

Salt (optional)


Mix all dry ingredients and cut in lard until crumbly.

Add water gradually until dough won’t stick to your hands.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories: 280 | Total Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 550mg | Total Carbohydrates: 22g | Dietary Fiber: 3g | Sugars: 2g | Protein: 18g

For Tortillas : Per Serving – 1 tortilla

Calories: 150 | Total Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 150mg | Total Carbohydrates: 14g | Dietary Fiber: 1g | Sugars: 0g | Protein: 2g

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use a different type of meat in Caldito de Papas?

Yes, you can substitute ground beef with ground turkey, chicken, or any other ground meat of your choice.

Adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Is it necessary to peel the potatoes for Caldito de Papas?

While peeling the potatoes is optional, leaving the skin on adds extra nutrients and texture.

It’s a personal preference, so feel free to choose based on your liking.

Can I make Caldito de Papas ahead of time?

Absolutely! Caldito de Papas tends to develop richer flavors over time.

You can make it ahead, refrigerate, and reheat when ready to serve.

Just add a bit of water or broth if it thickens too much.

Can I use vegetable broth instead of beef bullion in Caldito de Papas?

Yes, you can substitute vegetable broth for beef bullion to make a vegetarian version of Caldito de Papas.

Adjust the seasoning according to your taste.

Are there any alternatives to lard in the tortilla recipe?

Yes, if you prefer, you can use vegetable shortening or a neutral oil like canola oil instead of lard in the tortilla recipe.

The choice of fat may affect the flavor and texture, so adjust according to your preferences.

Can I freeze Caldito de Papas?

Yes, Caldito de Papas freezes well.

Allow it to cool completely before transferring to a freezer-safe container.

It can be stored for up to three months.

Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

What other toppings can I add to Caldito de Papas?

You can enhance the flavor by adding toppings like chopped green onions, cilantro, avocado slices, or a dollop of sour cream just before serving.

Can I use pre-made tortillas instead of making them from scratch?

Yes, you can use store-bought tortillas if you prefer a quicker option.

Warm them up before serving.

How do I know when the tortillas are cooked perfectly?

Cook the tortillas on a hot griddle for about 1-2 minutes on each side, or until they start to puff up and have a golden-brown color.

Can I make the tortilla dough in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the tortilla dough ahead of time and refrigerate it.

Just make sure to bring it to room temperature before rolling it out and cooking the tortillas.

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