This is a highly nutritious and wonderful Mexican soup, called a ‘caldo.’ It is too dense to be a soup, and is almost a stew, except the liquid hasn’t been thickened. The flavors are deep and rich. I almost never use ‘cubed beef’ any more, unless it’s truly necessary as I think these thin slices are far better. Try this caldo, and you’ll see why!
These are a delicious side dish (but a rich one), if you don’t mind a mildly chiloso (hot) pepper – less than jalapenos. The mellow cheese is the perfect accompaniment! Double or triple the recipe, as you please. These are not volcanic, but not for people who can’t eat nachos with at least some jalapenos on them. Use Mexican cheeses if they are available in your area.