Caldo de Papas con Espinazo (Colombian Potato-Pork Soup)

by Erica Dinho on December 8, 2011

Caldo de Papas con Espinazo (Colombian Potato-Pork Soup)

Usually, when I am feeling a little down, I try to console myself with the same simple, comfort food that my mother and my grandmother cooked for me when I was growing up in Colombia. Caldo de Papas is a traditional Colombian soup, of which there are at least a few variations. The base of the soup is potatoes and a protein such a beef ribs, pork ribs, or beaten eggs. In some parts of the country, this soup is served for breakfast with bread on the side.

My favorite Caldo de Papas recipe is my grandmother’s. She used pork bones (espinazo de cerdo)or pork ribs. There is nothing fancy about this potato Soup, just potatoes, pork bones, spices and a lot of family memories.

Buen provecho!



(4-6 servings)

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 scallions, diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon achiote or color
  • 2 pounds pork neck bones or pork ribs, cut into pieces
  • 8 medium potatoes, peeled
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 cup of cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Avocado and Hot Sauce to serve


  1. Place the onion, garlic, red bell pepper, scallions, cumin and achiote in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. In a medium pot over medium heat, place the pork bones, water and onion mixture and cook for about 30 minutes. Taking out the foam from the pot every 15 minutes.
  3. Add the potatoes and season with salt and pepper, increase the heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and gently simmer until the potatoes are soft, approximately 40 minutes.
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro and serve immediately with avocado and ají on the side.
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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 monica December 8, 2011 at 10:23 AM

el espinazo es carne de res o de cerdo? yo creo que es carne de res.


2 Erica December 8, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Monica-Es Espinazo de cerdo.


3 Belinda @zomppa December 8, 2011 at 11:37 PM

That soup looks simply lovely!!


4 Joanne December 9, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Stews and soups are definitely my favorite kinds of comfort foods! This looks stick-to-your-soul good!


5 Kelly Ospina December 9, 2011 at 10:33 AM

This looks perfect for a cold winter night. I think I’ll be making this very soon.


6 Erica December 13, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Thank you guys for visiting my blog!


7 norma December 19, 2011 at 7:25 AM

There is nothing like comfort food mami or abuela used to make.


8 Christina March 6, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Today I felt like a cold was coming on. I had pork ribs in the freezer so this soup is perfect! I’ll let you know how it comes together


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