Caldo Batido or Caldo de Enfermo

by Erica Dinho on February 11, 2012

Today’s recipe is exactly what I’ve been craving lately… a comforting Colombian soup. I’ve made this soup twice now, and it’s the perfect recipe when you have a cold, like me.

This traditional soup, from Del Valle del Cauca in Colombia, is known as Caldo Batido, literally translated to ” Blended Broth” or Caldo de Enfermo, “Sick Person’s Broth”. It is a simple and comforting soup made with ground beef, water, cumin, pasrley and hogao.

Buen provecho!



(4 servings)

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup hogao
  • 1 potato, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Place the beef and water in the blender and blend for about 2 minutes.
  2. Place the beef mixture in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the potatoes, hogao, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook about 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Add fresh parsley and serve immediately.
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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mary February 11, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Wow – delicious and FULL of flavor – I’ve never heard of hogao before – wonderful!
mary x


2 Belinda @zomppa February 11, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Such a beautiful soup!!


3 Velva February 11, 2012 at 9:07 AM

The translation of the soup is perfect..Just plain language. Soup is ideal when you are under the weather. Your traditional Colombian soup fits the bill. Thanks for sharing. I hope you are feeling better soon.



4 Karen February 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM

This is so different. I’ve never seen a recipe where you blend the meat with water before cooking. I bet it is just full of flavor, especially with the hogao in there!


5 Maria Carolina February 11, 2012 at 12:38 PM

This is great! My grandma’s “sopa de enfermo” is mostly a simply broth with chicken. Quick question: The directions say add potatoes but they are not in the ingredients?


6 Erica February 11, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Maria Carolina- The potato is optional.


7 nicole February 11, 2012 at 5:04 PM

hey Erica, i looove your website! my hubby is from envigado and im from michigan so i have used your recipes at least 3 or 4 days out of the wk the past few yrs and hes super grateful for you posting them so i can make them :-) do you think you can put more of what you feed your baby? that would be great for my little kids so they can know colombian kid food!!! thanks!


8 Erica February 11, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Nicole, I have some baby food recipes and I will post them ASAP! Thank for your comment.


9 Lyndsey February 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

It looks so good to me, I love blended soups! I sure sounds like it is packed with flavor too!


10 Reeni February 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

This is a bowl of warm and hearty comfort! I don’t think I ever saw a soup where the meat is pureed – I bet it adds a ton of flavor!


11 Chris February 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

That is one of the things I love about your blog. I see ideas and concepts here that I don’t see on any other blog that I read.


12 grace February 13, 2012 at 7:31 AM

pureed ground beef, eh? i’ve never seen that done and used in a soup–how interesting! you’re always introducing me to new and fascinating things, erica!


13 norma February 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

It looks like its packed with so much sabor. Fell better!


14 Erica February 20, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Thank you, guys!


15 Mary2 September 29, 2012 at 8:51 AM

I’ll try this soup but you can use cilantro instead of parsley, works better for soups…:)


16 Erica September 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM



17 Maria October 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Oooh this looks good! You know what’s another good “I’m sick” soup? Changua, you should post a recipe!!


18 Erica October 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM

The Changua recipe is here.


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