Cocido or Beef Vegetable Soups is one of my favorite soups in the wintertime. It has lots of vegetables so it is loaded with Vitamins. It will keep you nice and warm and healthy during the summer ;O). I remember my grandma telling us stories how they would make this about once of week from the vegetables they had in their own back yard. How awesome is that?!! To be able to walk to your back yard and freshly pick the veggies for your soup. Can’t wait till I have my own garden *sigh*.
Cook time: 2 hours Level: Easy Yields: 4-6 servings
1 lb Beef Stew Meat
1 lb Beef Neck Bones (adds lots of flavor ;O))
1 Quart of Water
1 Small Tomato
½ Small Cabbage
1/2 Cup Cilantro
Salt to personal taste
Thoroughly wash all the veggies. Cut the corncobs into three’s. Set aside. Chop potatoes with skin on or off, which ever you prefer (leaving the skin will prevent the potatoes from falling apart while they cook) into one-inch squares. Chop chayote lengthwise and then into one inch dices. Chop calabasita and carrots length wise in half and then into one inch dices. Slice onions. Dice tomato. Cut cabbage in half (lengthwise) and then in half. Coarsely chop cilantro. Set aside all veggies.
Wash meat and bones until water runs clear. In one pot, add meat and bones, fill with water to just cover the meat and bring to a boil (this will get rid of any yucky stuff left on the meat). While you are waiting for the meat to boil, in a second pot, bring to boil about a quart of water. Transfer meat from first pot to the second. Bring to a boil, reduce to low heat, and let it cook for 30-35 minutes (meat will be about half way done). Add salt to personal taste. Add corn and bring to a boil. Boil covered low heat for 45 minutes. Add the rest of the veggies. Make sure to distribute them evenly in the pot, placing the cabbage last on top. Bring to boil. Boil for 25min.