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

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

Erica Dinho
5 from 12 votes


  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 2 scallions diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ 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


  • Place the onion, garlic, red bell pepper, scallions, cumin and achiote in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if desired. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro and serve immediately with avocado and ají on the side.
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