Caldo de Camarón (Mexican Shrimp Soup) #WeekdaySupper

Keep warm this winter with this simple and delicious Caldo de Camarón (Mexican Shrimp Soup) with tender pieces of shrimp, carrot, and chayote in a vibrant, flavorful broth made with stewed tomatoes, dried chilies and garlic. 

Caldo de Camarón (Mexican Shrimp Soup) -

Caldo de Camarón
(Mexican Shrimp Soup)

  • 3 medium tomatoes, cut in quarters
  • 2 dried ancho chilies
  • 1 dried guajillo chile
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil 
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 chayotes, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 medium onion, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 sprig fresh cilantro
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Lime wedges
  • Avocado
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Chopped red onion

Cook the tomatoes and dried ancho and guajillo chilies in 3 cups of water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until completely cooked. Remove from heat; let cool slightly. Remove stems and seeds from chilies. Puree the cooked tomatoes, chilies, the water they were cooked in, and the clove of garlic; season with salt and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the sliced carrot, chopped chayote, and onion and saute for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally; season with salt and black pepper.  Carefully pour in the tomato puree and the remaining 3 cups of water. Add a sprig of cilantro; cover saucepan and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the shrimp. Cover and reduce heat to low; let simmer for another 10 minutes.

To serve ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with chopped avocado, red onion, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Serve with tostadas or crackers. Enjoy!

Receta en español 

For more easy and delicious dinner ideas check out this week's #WeekdaySupper menu:

Monday - Mess Makes Food - Twice Baked Butternut Squash 
Tuesday - Cindy's Recipes and Writings - Cranberry Chicken 
Wednesday - La Cocina de Leslie - Caldo de Camarón (Mexican Shrimp Soup) 
Thursday - Basic N Delicious - Chicken Fajitas 
Friday – Shockingly Delicious – Mac ‘n Cheese Impossible Pie