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Instant Pot Authentic Caldo De Res

This Instant Pot Caldo De Res gives you real Mexican flavor in less than an hour! It's a flavorful and comforting way to create a traditional Mexican recipe!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Courses, Soups
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: caldo de res, instant pot caldo de res, instant pot soup recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 36.81kcal
Author: Urvashi Pitre



For the first cooking cycle

8 cups of mixed vegetables to add for the second cooking cycle

  • 1/4 head cabbage cut in wedges
  • 8 whole red potatoes, halved
  • 1 ear of corn cut in 1-2 inch pieces
  • 1 carrot sliced
  • 1 chayote squash cut into 2-3 inch pieces* (see note)


  • Put the beef stew meat, water, onion, garlic, cilantro, ground cumin, and salt into the Instant Pot. Set on high pressure for 20 minutes, and when done, release pressure quickly.
  • Add in the mixed vegetables (red potatoes, corn, carrots, and chayote squash) for a second cooking cycle. Cook at high pressure for 5 minutes. Release pressure quickly.
  • Taste and add additional salt or water as needed.



  • You could also make Caldo de Pollo with chicken legs in much the same fashion, you'd just have to adjust cook times down to about 10 minutes for bone-in legs.
  • Bone-in beef shank can be used too to keep this caldo de res recipe more traditional - it just may be difficult to find!
  • The hardest part of this recipe for me was cutting the corn cobs into 1-2 inch pieces. I got it done, but I might use the larger, frozen corn ears next time and save myself some trouble.
  • Never heard of a chayote squash? You cansub zucchini if you have a hard time finding some, just don't cook it under pressure. Let it steam at the end.


Calories: 36.81kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.17g | Protein: 1.41g | Fat: 0.37g | Saturated Fat: 0.07g | Sodium: 604.19mg | Potassium: 179.56mg | Fiber: 1.86g | Sugar: 3.15g | Vitamin A: 1396.51IU | Vitamin C: 15.24mg | Calcium: 34.23mg | Iron: 0.68mg