Caldo de Costilla (Colombian Beef Ribs Broth)

by Erica Dinho on October 19, 2012

Caldo de Costilla (Colombian Beef Ribs Broth)

Caldo de Costilla is a rich and delicious soup made with beef ribs, potatoes, carrots and herbs, and is from the Andean region of Colombia. This Beef Soup is usually served for breakfast and it is the best cure for a hangover, or Guayabo in Colombia.

Short ribs are the best and the most commonly used meat for this soup. The other two ingredients of the dish that I consider essential to this soup are cilantro and potatoes.

Caldo de Costilla (Colombian Beef Ribs Broth)

It is a wonderful soup for the cold weather, warm, soothing and flavorful to the last spoonful. I love serving mine with arepa, aji, avocado, and white rice on the side.

Buen provecho!

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(About 4 to 6 servings)

  • 3 pounds of short ribs
  • About15 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground achiote
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup of onion, diced
  • 6 scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 pound of potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Caldo de Costilla (Colombian Beef Ribs Broth)


  1. Place the ribs in a large pot with the cumin, achiote salt, pepper, and the water.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about one hour. Place the garlic, onions and scallions in a blender with 1/4 cup of water and blend for about 1 minute. Add this mixture to the pot and cook for 40 minutes more.
  3. Add half of the cilantro, potatoes and carrots. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 25 to 30 minutes more or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve warm.
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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather @girlichef October 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM

What a wonderfully simple and comforting dish! Reminds me of Caldo de Res!


2 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz October 19, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Great soup full of warmth, perfect for a super rainy day like we are having here today


3 Belinda @zomppa October 19, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Gosh, that broth looks so amazing!!! Wouldn’t be able to pass this up.


4 Joanne October 20, 2012 at 6:27 AM

What a richly flavored soup!


5 rebecca October 22, 2012 at 9:51 AM

looks wonderful and full of flavor so want to visit your country


6 Lyndsey@TheTinySkillet October 22, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I would love this for breakfast! That is a big meal though…I am trying to eat a bigger breakfast and les for lunch then less for dinner. What a great way to start your day!


7 Chris October 27, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Hangover breakfast? Wow, that would definitely take care of it. Do you just put a spoonful of aji right into your bowl?


8 Erica October 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Yes, It is fantastic,Chris!Try it!


9 Andrea October 28, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Ah, el levantamuertos tradicional colombiano. Le pasé la página a un amigo de Texas y estoy pendiente de que me cuente cómo le pareció.


10 Mary2 October 30, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Erica! thanks for making cooking easier, I make many Colombian dishes but sometimes can not find all the ingredients and what I love about your recipes is that you use the ingredients easier to get here in USA and the food is delicious. Today I cooked Caldo de costilla… Buenisimoo!!


11 Clara November 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Erica, I made this simple Colombian soup yesterday and it was so delicious. Just like my mom’s Caldo de costilla. I served with white rice and avocado. Perfect Colombian Food! Wonderful Colombian cuisine site!


12 Erica November 3, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment,everyone!


13 Peter Matthews November 26, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Caldo Costilla My favourite Colombian dish apart from…………………………..
Chuzos, San Cocho, Empanadas, Ajiaco, Tamales, Frioles, Chicharonnes, Arepas con queso, Chorizzo ( hecho en Carritos Restaurante Armenia!!)


14 Pao December 15, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Hi…. I leave in Sweden. Don’t know if I would be able to find ACHIOTE. What can I use instead?


15 Fernando March 22, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Two critical ingredients, white flavor rich potatoes and fresh one-day harvested cilantro, and of course, reeeeeaaally well and look boiled short ribs, the meat have to fall from the bone like butter.


16 Portcity Dave June 23, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I love your website and love this dish. It’s one of the favorite dishes of my colombian girlfriend.

many thanks Erica


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