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I didn’t think it was possible, but it is!! You CAN make a vegan caldo de res. Caldo de res or vegan Mexican beef soup is a warm comforting soup of stewed beef, carrots, potatoes, corn, chayote, potatoes, mint, and cilantro. It is served all year, but is especially good in the winter months.

vegan Caldo de res or vegan Mexican beef soup is a warm comforting soup of stewed beef, carrots, potatoes, corn, chayote, potatoes, mint, and cilantro. It is served all year, but is especially good in the winter months.

This vegan version is pretty close to the original, but instead of using beef we are using the Gardein beefless tips (this is not a sponsored post). The beefless tips infuse the vegetable broth with a meaty flavor. I’m usually not a fan of using imitation meat products, because I try to stick to whole foods, but I think the gardein beefless tips work really well with this soup.

vegan Caldo de res or vegan Mexican beef soup is a warm comforting soup of stewed beef, carrots, potatoes, corn, chayote, potatoes, mint, and cilantro. It is served all year, but is especially good in the winter months.

Caldo de res is also known as puchero, or cocido de res. The ingredients vary by region, depending on what state of Mexico you are in you can find caldo de res with garbanzo beans, green beans, and plantain.  Some regions of Mexico use a tomato based broth. The soup itself is not spicy, but when I eat it I like to add a tbsp. of salsa roja to spice it up a bit. Serve it with Mexican rice, warm tortillas, and be sure to add a splash of lime juice to the soup before eating.

vegan Caldo de res or vegan Mexican beef soup is a warm comforting soup of stewed beef, carrots, potatoes, corn, chayote, potatoes, mint, and cilantro. It is served all year, but is especially good in the winter months.

The Recipe: Vegan Caldo de Res

  • Sauté the beefless tips while they are still frozen.
  • Instead of veg stock you can use Better Than Bouillon No Beef Base
  • Instead of beefless tips use shitake mushrooms instead.
  • Don’t simmer the beefless tips in the soup, because it changes the texture. Add them in before serving,
  • Enjoy!
Caldo de res or vegan Mexican beef soup is a warm comforting soup of stewed beef, carrots, potatoes, corn, chayote, potatoes, mint, and cilantro. It is served all year, but is especially good in the winter months.
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Vegan Caldo de Res

Vegan caldo de res (vegan Mexican beef soup) is a warm comforting soup of no-beef, carrots, potatoes, corn, chayote, potatoes, mint, and cilantro. It is served all year, but is especially good in the winter months.
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
221 kcal
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 1 pack (9 oz.) Gardein Beefless tips
  • 1 cup Diced onions, yellow (1/2 onion)
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 10 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 3 sprigs Mint
  • 3 sprigs Cilantro
  • 1 ear Corn, cut into 1 inch rounds
  • 1 ½ cups Diced russet potato (1 medium potato)
  • 1 cup Diced carrots (1 lg. Carrot)
  • 2 cups Large diced cabbage (1/4 head of cabbage)
  • 1 ¼ cups Diced chayote (1 chayote)
  • 1 ¼ cups Diced zucchini (1 zucchini)
  • 1 lime Cut into quarters

Preparation

  1. Set a large pot to medium-high heat (if necessary add a little bit of oil). Sear the beefless tips for 2 minutes on each side. Remove from pot and set aside.
  2. Add onion and ¼ cup of vegetable stock to deglaze the bottom of the pot. Cook onion for 4-5 minutes or until tender and translucent.
  3. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Pour in vegetable stock and add the mint and cilantro.
  5. Bring to slow simmer and add the corn, carrots, and potatoes.
  6. Simmer for 6 minutes and then add the chayote, zucchini, and cabbage.
  7. Simmer for 8- 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Cut the beefless tips in half, and add about 1/3 cup to each bowl. Pour soup on top and serve.
  9. Serve with lime wedges and warm tortillas.

Chef's Notes

Sauté the beefless tips while they are still frozen. Instead of veg stock you can use no beef better than bouillon. I add the “beef” at the end, because if you simmer it in the soup it changes the texture. If you don’t have access to beefless tips use shiitake mushrooms instead.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Caldo de Res
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 2678mg 112%
Potassium 758mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 12g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 138.2%
Vitamin C 48%
Calcium 7.6%
Iron 23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I didn’t think it was possible, but it is. You can make vegan Mexican meatball soup! I happened upon an instagram account @vegan_mexican and they kept posting pictures of vegan Mexican meatball soup. I almost lost it right there and then. My grandma used to make this soup for me growing up and I have very fond memories of this. So naturally I contacted the account to see if they wanted to share the recipe with you and they said yes! Here is a small interview with the author of the recipe and instagram account, Brianna García.

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.

1.  Tell us more about yourself where you are from, and how you became vegan. 

My name is Brianna García and I’m from California. I reside in the Los Angeles/ Anaheim area. I became vegan after becoming interested in organic/natural living and knew that veganism was for me. I had previously gone vegetarian in my teens and had always wished I was vegetarian again didn’t think it was possible to go vegan until I made the plunge and I’ll never look back! I also love the animal and environmental friendly impact veganism has.

2.  What do you think is your biggest challenge as a vegan?

The biggest challenge I would say is convenience. It’s not difficult being vegan. There’s so many vegan options. I just wish there was vegan restaurants and vegan grocery stores on every corner like there is with a McDonalds.

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.

3.  The recipe is your moms. Is your mom vegan? How about the rest of your family?

The non vegan recipe is my mothers. I asked her to show me how she made albondigas so that I could do my vegan take on it. I wanted it to be authentic as possible, but vegan. She isn’t vegan. However, I have helped her implement a lot more vegan/organic things into her diet. Nobody but my partner is vegan.

4.  What are some of your favorite go to vegan recipes?

My favorite go to vegan recipes are the ones that are quick to make when I’m lazy and hungry. I seriously love vegan potato tacos, and they’re so easy to make. All I had to substitute was the cheese for a vegan one. I usually make Gardein dinners quite often too. I also used to make organic vegan fruit smoothies a lot for breakfast. It’s amazing how delicious fruit tastes with no added terrible ingredients.

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.

5.  Where can people find you and your recipes?

On my Instagram account at @vegan_mexican. 

Thank you Brianna for sharing your amazing recipe with us. My family really enjoyed it and it brought back sooo many memories.

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.

The Recipe: Vegan Mexican Meatball Soup

Brianna did an excellent job at making this recipe very detailed, so you shouldn’t have a problem at all following along. The recipe calls for two things that no matter what, you cannot substitute. Those are gardein beefless ground and the new follow your heart vegan egg. (This is not an ad. No monetary compensation is being provided by gardein or follow your heart.) If you don’t use these, your meatballs might fall apart while cooking, like mine did the first time I made this soup. This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs. Enjoy!

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.
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Vegan Mexican Meatball Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Brianna Garcia

Ingredients

  • 1 Tomato, medium
  • 1/4 White or yellow onion
  • 2 Carrots, regular size
  • 1-2 Celery stalks
  • 2-3 Caloro yellow peppers
  • 3 Potatoes, small, cut into quarters
  • 1 Mexican zucchini, small
  • 3 sprigs Cilantro
  • 6-8 Mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp. Avocado oil, Any cooking oil is fine
  • 1 package Gardein ground beef crumbles, defrosted (see note)
  • 1 package Follow Your Heart vegan egg package (You need about "2 eggs")
  • 1/3 cup White rice, long grain, raw
  • 1 tsp. Black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Garlic salt (garlic powder & salt works just 1/2 tsp of each)
  • Vegan flavorings (I use 2 vegan not chicken and vegetable bouillon)

Preparation

  1. First you will need to dice the tomato and onion. Make sure they are not large pieces. You're going to sauté that with the 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in a large cooking pot that you will also be cooking the albondigas in.
  2. After you're done sautéing the tomato and onion, you will add water. Depending on how large the pot you're using, add water to about 1/2 or 3/4 of the pot will work. Use your best judgement. (Remember you will be adding vegetables later so make sure there is enough water for the soup.) Bring to a boil.
  3. Once it's boiling, add salt, and vegan flavorings. Two of the not chicken and two of the vegetable bouillon cubes. (Depending on if you get the low sodium, you will need to add a lot more salt for flavor and taste until it's to your liking). Pepper is optional to add for flavor.

  4. Next comes the making of the albóndiga. I recommend only Gardein ground beef. As it doesn't crumble as easily. Make sure you defrost it beforehand so it is not frozen.
  5. Grab a bowl, and add the package of Gardein beef. Then add 1 teaspoon of black pepper, 1 teaspoon of garlic salt, and 1/3 of the white rice. Mix all together and add about 5-6 finely cut mint leaves into the mix. Adding the vegan egg last is easier as it can become messy.
  6. You will need to make about 2 vegan eggs, and when mixed properly add it to the ground beef mixture. Make sure it's eggy enough to form an albóndiga that stays in shape. Mix all together and form the albóndigas (Meatballs).
  7. One bag of the gardein beef will make about 6 very large albondigas, or even 10 small albondigas. However small or large you shape them, that number can drastically change.

  8. As soon as the vegan flavorings, salt, and or pepper have been added and mixed in well and it's been boiling, add the albondigas.
  9. It's crucial that once you've added in the albondigas to make sure that when you stir it around you're not making very much contact with the albondigas as you don't want them to fall apart but to keep their shape. Cook for 15 minutes or so.
  10. Meanwhile chop up carrots, celery, and the calabaza. Do quarter cuts for the potato.
  11. Add the cut up carrots, celery, calabaza, potato and yellow peppers (do not cut). You can lower this from boiling to medium low until vegetables are cooked. Cover pot and let it thoroughly cook together for about 15 minutes then add cilantro for finishing touch and let cook for a few minutes and you should have vegan albondigas! Don't forget the warm tortillas! Or even avocado slices!

Chef's Notes

The recipe calls for two things that no matter what, you cannot substitute. Those are gardein beefless ground and the new follow your heart vegan egg.If you don't use these, your meatballs might fall apart while cooking

 

This past week was rough. School started on Monday and it couldn’t come soon enough, except I now have to wake up at 6:15 am in order to make it out the door with two dressed and fed children. I am not a morning person, not at all, so I was barely functioning all week. I did however enjoy the quiet that came with the baby’s uninterrupted nap and some much needed morning alone time. By the end of the week I knew things were bad when I sent my hubby to pick up Dylan, and it turns out he didn’t get out until two hours later and I forgot to pack his lunch!

This recipe for Mexican pickled jalapeños and radishes is tangy, spicy, and just the right amount of crunchy. The radishes add a nice pink hue

It seems like no matter what I do I’m always one step behind. It kind of feels like all I have to do is give one more push and the race will be over, but the race never ends. Just the other day I was looking for school lunch ideas on pinterest for a newsletter I do for my local moms group, when I got a case of the mommy-chef guilt. I usually pack him pb & j, veggies and fruit, and some goldfish. It’s practically the same everyday, nothing cute or artsy about it, and honestly it’s all I can muster that early in the morning. Sometimes I think, ” All that money that went in to culinary school and all I can make is pb & J?” So I asked Dylan (6yrs old) if he would help me plan his school lunches. I told him one day we could have veggie sushi, maybe another day hummus cucumber pinwheels, and another day noodles. He just kind of stared at me with a blank face. So I said, ” Or, we can just have peanut butter and jelly every day.” The boy responded with an enthusiastic yes, so pb & j it is. I proudly declare we will not be making any fancy school lunches this year!

This recipe for Mexican pickled jalapeños and radishes is tangy, spicy, and just the right amount of crunchy. The radishes add a nice pink hue

The Recipe: Mexican Pickled Jalapeños and Radishes

This month is what we call in Mexico, el mes de la patria (patriotic month). It’s the actual month of Mexico’s independence. I still don’t know how we will be celebrating, but I finally perfected the Mexican pickled jalapeños recipe (jalapeños en escabeche). I was having trouble getting them to taste just like the canned ones. My favorite brand is La Costeña. I had used a combination of cider and white vinegar, and the problem was solved when I completely eliminated the cider vinegar. I water canned them, but you can make refrigerator ones, and skip the canning process. I chose to use radishes in this case, because we kept getting them in the CSA basket every week. The result was jar after jar of slightly pink hued jalapeñ0s. The jalapeños, radishes, onion, and carrots are infused with the flavors of fresh oregano and thyme. They are tangy, spicy, and just the right amount of crunchy. Enjoy!

This recipe for Mexican pickled jalapeños and radishes is tangy, spicy, and just the right amount of crunchy. The radishes add a nice pink hue

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Mexican Pickled Jalapeños & Radishes

Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 pints
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Red radishes, sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 1 lb. Carrots, peeled, sliced ¼ inch thick
  • ½ lb Jalapeños
  • 1 Onion, white large, sliced thinly
  • 4 sprigs Oregano, fresh
  • 3 sprigs Thyme, fresh
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • ¼ cup Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Salt, kosher
  • 5 cups White vinegar
  • ½ cup Water

Preparation

  1. Heat ¼ cup of olive oil in a large pot to medium heat. Once the oil is hot add the onions and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add the carrots, jalapeños, and radishes and let cook for 1- 2 minutes. Add the vinegar to the hot pot with the vegetables. (Be careful. When the vinegar touches the oil there will be some splashing.)
  3. Add the water, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, and salt. Let simmer for 8- 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender, but not completely soft.
  4. While the vegetables are cooking, sterilize your jars by boiling them in water for 5 min. When your vegetables are ready, use canning tongs to remove the jars from the water, pouring the water in the jars back in the canner.
  5. Bring the water in your canning pot back to a boil. Pour the vegetables into the jars using a ladle and a canning funnel, but be sure to leave ½ inch of headspace at the top.
  6. Use a chopstick to release air bubbles by running it around the inside of the jar. Clean the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel. Put on the lids and screw the rings on until finger tight. Do not force it.
  7. Transfer the jars to the pot, making sure they are vertical and that there is at least one inch of water covering them. Bring water to a boil and process cans for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove jars from water and place on top of a wire rack. Let cool. You should hear a pop when the lids seal completely. Leave undisturbed for 6 hrs. If the lids are not sealed properly you will have to process them again.
  9. Remove the rings and store jars in a cool, dark place. Refrigerate after opening.

Chef's Notes

Recipe yields 4 pint jars.