Beef and Vegetable Soup (Cocido)

Cocido, a Spanish beef and vegetable soup, is chock full of boneless sirloin steak, fire-roasted tomatoes, green chiles, potatoes, chayote squash, and carrots.

Yield: 10 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 243
  • Calories from fat: 25%
  • Fat: 6.8g
  • Saturated fat: 2.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g
  • Protein: 21.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 24.9g
  • Fiber: 4.1g
  • Cholesterol: 50mg
  • Iron: 2.9mg
  • Sodium: 607mg
  • Calcium: 51mg

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons achiote paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds boneless sirloin steak, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups chopped onion
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained (such as Muir Glen)
  • 4 cups cubed peeled baking potato
  • 3 cups cubed peeled chayote squash
  • 2 cups (1/2-inch-thick) slices carrot
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

Preparation

  1. Combine first 7 ingredients, stirring with a fork until mixture resembles coarse meal; sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoons achiote mixture evenly over beef, tossing to coat. Set remaining achiote mixture aside.
  2. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef mixture; cook 2 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove beef from pan. Add onion to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add remaining achiote mixture; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Return beef mixture to pan. Stir in broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes. Add potato, chayote, and carrot; cover and simmer 35 minutes or until potato is tender. Remove from heat. Stir in vinegar.
Note:

When handling achiote paste, wear gloves to avoid staining your hands. If you can't find chayote, use summer squash instead.

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