Caldo de Costilla (Colombian Beef Ribs Broth)

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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!



(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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  1. Andrea says

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

  2. Mary2 says

    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!!

  3. Clara says

    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!

  4. says

    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!!)

  5. Fernando says

    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.

  6. Portcity Dave says

    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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