Caldo de Costilla
Prep:20 m
Cook:20 m
Total:40 m
Cuisine:Colombian 🇨🇴 Hangover Cure

Caldo de Costilla



Also known as “levantamuertos” (death’s awaker), Caldo de Costilla is a well-known hangover cure. It will brighten your morning up even without overindulging the night before.


  • 1 kg of short beef ribs;
  • 3.5 l of water;
  • 1 tsp ground cumin;
  • 0.25 tsp ground achiote;
  • 6 garlic cloves;
  • 1 onion, chopped;
  • 4 potatoes, peeled;
  • handful of fresh chopped cilantro;
  • salt;
  • pepper;
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into big chunks (optional);
  • garnishes of your choice (chilies, green onions, avocado, or sour cream)


  1. Bring the water to a boil. Add ribs, cumin, achiote, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer the soup for about an hour (I prefer longer for the fall-off-the-bone beef).
  2. Blend garlic and onion with a little bit of water for about a minute. Add this to the soup and cook for 30 minutes more.
  3. Add most of the cilantro (reserve some for garnish), potatoes, and carrots. Cook for another 30 minutes or until the desired tenderness of the potatoes.
  4. Garnish with the garnishes of your choice and serve.

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