16 Authentic Mexican Soup Recipes (2024)

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16 authentic Mexican soup recipes to warm you up this winter. These time-tested and traditional dishes add variety and flavor to any kitchen.

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When it’s cold outside and you need to warm your insides, there’s nothing like a big bowl of delicious liquid comfort food. Some of these recipes belong to my mother, my grandmother, or I’ve picked them up along the way. Thousands of years of tradition have gone into these soups. Homemade is always better something from a can. Here are 16 authentic Mexican soup recipes that are sure to hit the spot.

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Caldo de Verduras
When the flu is going around, this Mexican Soup is a good remedy and a good preventative. It is an easy-to-make and delicious soup.

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Sopa de Lentejas
This savory and aromatic soup is great for your troop. It reminds us of the pleasant memories of the past and a warm taste of home. A vegetarian and cozy dish.

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Caldo de Pescado
Mexican Fish Soup, or Caldo de Pescado, is healthy and low calorie bowl of yumminess. You’ll enjoy the depth of flavors and heartiness in each spoonful. The depths of the sea can feed the depths of your soul.

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Pozole Blanco
Do you add cabbage or lettuce to your pozole? Pozole Blanco, or Chicken Pozole, is a simple dish that is abundant with toppings. All come together to create a symphony for your palate. It’s music in your mouth.

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Pozole Rojo
Robust and deep, a classic Mexican soup that’s hard not to love. For some people, this is the only version of pozole that they will order. They would rather be red than dead.

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Sopa de Fideo
Tamales, beans, and sopa de fideo. These are all traditional Mexican foods. Some people will add chicken or vegetables to make a more complete meal. It also makes a great after school snack.

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Sopa de Habas
Looking for a vegetarian Mexican soup recipe? Sopa de Habas is it! A creamy yet meatless and delectable dish. Serve with a warm bolillo (Mexican bread) or a dozen tortillas, and you have a winning meal!

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Caldo de Res
With bone-in portions and large vegetable chunks, a big bowl of this soup is a favorite in Mexico. Many abuelitas slave over a hot stove to produce this for their loved ones.

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Sopa de Estrellitas
You know how certain foods can bring up a specific memory? If you’re Mexican, chances are that you were raised eating Sopa de Estrellitas, or Mexican Star Soup. This traditional and easy recipe is the reason cooking at home is the best.

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Birria de Res
A big bowl of this Slow Cooker Birria de Res, or Mexican Beef Stew, is the ultimate comfort food. Deep and robust Mexican food flavors that will make your tastebuds very happy.

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Caldo de Pollo
Nothing warms you up on a chilly day like a big bowl of Caldo de Pollo (Mexican Chicken Soup). It’s Mexican penicillin made by Mexican moms and grandmothers everywhere. Hearty with delicious chicken, vegetables, and authentic flavors from south of the border.

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Caldo de Camarón
Shrimp swimming in a bowl of robust and deep flavorful broth… how bad does that sound? lol. They may be doing the back stroke, but you’ll have a stroke of luck if you get a bowl of this soup. Add lime juice and dig in!

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Caldillo Duranguense
This Mexican soup comes from my family’s hometown of Durango, Mexico. Also sometimes referred to as “Caldillo Duranguense.” It is made of beef in a savory broth of chile pasado and chile poblano. So incredibly yummy!
Ps: It’s not authentic if it doesn’t have chile pasado.

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Sopa de Conchas
You can see shells in this shell soup. Toasted shell pasta in a tomato broth. It’s one of those universal traditional dishes that every Mexican kid grows up eating.

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Roasted Poblano Soup
An easy-to-make and easy to eat soup. It is deceptively simple but complex in flavors. Serve with bolillo to sop up any remaining juice in the bowl.

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Mexican Alphabet Soup
This is how Mexicans learn their alphabets. Just kidding! Perfect for picky eaters, this dish fulfills every mom’s wish. It’s a Meal of Fortune. Can I buy a vowel?

“A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.” — Abraham Maslow

More Mexican Soup Recipes

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  • Caldo Tlalpeño
  • Albondigas de Pollo (Chicken Meatball Soup)
  • Sopa de Elote (Mexican Corn Soup)
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About Maggie Unzueta

Maggie Unzueta is the writer/blogger, photographer, recipe developer, videographer, and creator of In Mama Maggie's Kitchen. She has been developing easy and authentic Mexican food, Mexican-inspired recipes, and traveling tips since 2010. From family recipes to her extensive travels throughout Mexico, she brings traditional Mexican flavors from South of the Border and into your kitchen. Maggie has been featured in notable culinary websites and other media outlets. For more details, check out her About page.

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  1. 16 Authentic Mexican Soup Recipes (23)Heather M


    I was in Real de Catorce at a restaurant and ate a soup there that was so tasty! It had the same vegetables as the res, but a rich, complex broth. Any idea what that was? And how would I make it??

    Thank you!


    • 16 Authentic Mexican Soup Recipes (24)Maggie Unzueta

      What kind of meat did it have? I wonder if it was Caldo de Res without the meat… I’m curious to know too!


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