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



  1. So colorful Leslie! I'd love to dig my spoon right into this picture!

  2. Gorgeous soup Leslie! And what wonderful spices and flavors in it too. Oh yum!

  3. Your photos look absolutely gorgeous. It makes me want to eat this soup right off my computer screen!

  4. I wish you could have been here to try my cabbage soup. All it needed as caraway seeds.

  5. I would have loved to have been there to try your cabbage soup. I bet it was delicious! :)

  6. That soup looks yummy!


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we definitely needed a new soup recipe.

  7. Leslie just tried you homemade recipe atole Nuez, quedo delicioso, un sabor tan suave con su toque de nuez,, nada como estar con la familia en estas fiestas navidenas !

  8. about how many servings does this make?

  9. Hi Selene! Depending on the size of your bowls, this recipe should yield between 4 and 6 servings.

  10. Thanks for such a great list which i was searching for it. Really Wonderful list , Thanks again...

  11. I think I just found my go to food blog. :)

  12. Can this easily be doubled in servings? If so can you email me on how to double the recipe. Thanks!
    By the way I made your spicy caldo de pollo and OMG it was delicioso! lol thanks for sharing your recipes.

  13. Hi Aly!

    Yes, potatoes are a delicious addition to this soup.