Sopa de Arroz con Carne (Rice and Beef Soup)

by Erica Dinho on September 19, 2010

Sopa de arroz Y Carne

You would think that I would hate soups considering how many times I was told while growing up to eat my soup. “If you want to get bigger, smarter and prettier, you need to eat your soup,” my mom & Mamita would say.

But I actually love a good homemade soup. It’s one of those things that I crave when the weather start getting colder, like now. I like to serve this soup with a squeeze of lime juice, aji, and avocado on the side.

Buen provecho!



(4 servings)

  • 1 pound beef, diced
  • 7 cups water
  • 1/3 cup alinos sauce
  • 2 potatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/3 cup rice
  • Salt and pepper


  1. In a large pot place all the ingredients except the rice and cilantro. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 50 minutes.
  2. Add the rice and continue simmering for 15- 20 minutes more or until the rice is tender.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the cilantro and serve with avocado.
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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Zoila September 19, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Serving with avocado is perfect! Nice job on keeping it simple, great recipe!


2 pierre September 19, 2010 at 1:48 PM

i love the colour of that soup Bravo Pierre de paris


3 Ivy September 19, 2010 at 2:27 PM

It’s still very hot here in Athens (35 C) and it’s very early for soups but this sounds delicious to prepare in a couple of months.


4 Mari's Cakes September 19, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Looks delicious, and the color is fantastic.


5 Oysterculture September 19, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Oh this just looks so tasty, the perfect way to wind up the day. Cannot wait to give it a try,


6 Belinda @zomppa September 20, 2010 at 1:58 AM

Soothing, comforting, and delicious!


7 norma September 20, 2010 at 9:16 AM

It is so much like our “asopao” and I am waiting for the cold to set in to make a big pot. During the holidays every home had one pot on back of stove when they had parties. It would be the last thing a guest would eat before leaving.

You brought me back to old memories. Thanks, Erica.


8 Sarah Naveen September 20, 2010 at 12:44 PM

wonderful recipe..looks so delicious..


9 Faith September 20, 2010 at 5:44 PM

What a great soup! Perfect for the chilly nights we’ve been having!


10 Heather September 20, 2010 at 6:27 PM

This looks like it will be a great hit for my husband!

I do not eat beef (don’t care for the taste), so I am still learning my cuts of beef. What do you suggest for a soup like this? So it is tender, not tough, not too fatty, etc.

But it looks wonderful


11 Kim September 20, 2010 at 10:09 PM

I have been craving soups too! Love that this has potatoes and rice.


12 Barbara September 21, 2010 at 5:39 AM

I like soups too, Erica, but admit I don’t make them very often now that I’m not cooking for a big family anymore. And, I must confess, my sister is the big soup maker in the family.

Your soup looks very tasty…the color is marvelous and I really like the flavors you have incorporated. Perhaps my sister will make it and share with me???


13 Velva September 21, 2010 at 2:20 PM

I have had a miserable cold all week, and all I have wanted is a bowl of real soup. I cannot even begin to tell you how good this looks.


14 tasteofbeirut September 21, 2010 at 3:16 PM

This homemade soup reminds me of how wonderful it is to make and have soup on hand! I wish it was cooler in here, we are in an Indian summer still!


15 Simply Life September 22, 2010 at 8:46 AM

oh I would love a big bowl of this when I came home from work today!


16 zerrin September 22, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Looks like a heart warming winter soup, and so filling. I love to have such soups when it is getting colder and it’s rainy or snowy. Soup is one of the things than can make me happy after a tiring day. Thanks for the recipe.


17 grace September 23, 2010 at 10:38 AM

that sauce really gives the soup a unique color and flavor, to be sure!


18 Chris September 26, 2010 at 3:10 PM

“smarter and prettier, you need to eat your soup” You must have eaten a heck of a lot of soup! (Flattery will get you everywhere , right? ha ha)

I made my first Aji this year, so those three letters were what caught my eye with this post. It was too hot by itself but rocked in the cream sauce I made for Lomo al Trapo:

and then I used it in an Aji Beef Taco Soup:

I love this soup, do you use any particular cut of beef?


19 Felisha September 27, 2010 at 8:50 PM

I made this tonight– with a few changes. My husband doesn’t like the rice cooked with the soup– so I only put 6 cups of water in the soup and made white rice separately in my rice cooker and served separately from the rice. Also, instead of 1/2 tbsp of sazon I just added two packets. Just personal preference ;) I personally like the beef chuck shoulder roast (english cut) with all the fat trimmed off. My family (Colombian husband and 3 yr old) loved loved loved it. He felt back home with this dish. Keep them coming, Erica! :) It was amazing!


20 Felisha September 27, 2010 at 8:54 PM

*I meant served it separately from the soup!


21 Sandra October 7, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Que corte de carne se puede usar para esta sopa, yo se q se prepara con Menudencia, pero si no se consigue, por cual tipo de carne se puede reemplazar?


22 Erica October 7, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Sandra- Un corte de carne pulpa.


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