Caldo de Camaron (Spicy Shrimp Soup)

This is one of my husband's favorite soup recipes.  This is a very common dish served throughout Mexico.  Most grocery stores including Walmart sell dried chiles.  If you have problems finding them you can substitute with 3 canned chipotles, just make sure you remove the seeds to reduce the heat.

Caldo de Camaron (Spicy Shrimp Soup)

2 chipotle chiles, dried
2 guajillo chiles, dried
1 onion, chopped and divided
4 cloves garlic
2 14 oz cans fire-roasted tomatoes
1 carrot, sliced
2 medium potatoes, cubed
2 cubes Knorr chicken bouillon 
1 lb Shrimp, peeled and deveined
salt and pepper

In small saucepan, add enough water to cover chiles and bring to simmer over medium low heat to reconstitute.  Meanwhile, in a large pot, fill halfway with water (approximately 6 cups) and add carrot, potatoes and chicken bouillon.  Once chiles have softened, remove stem, seeds and membrane.  Add chiles, half onion, garlic, and 1 can tomatoes to blender and blend until smooth. Add chile mixture, remaining onion and other can of tomatoes to pot.  Cook over medium heat until potatoes are fork tender then add shrimp and cook 3-5 minutes more.  Be careful not to overcook the shrimp as this will toughen them. Salt and pepper to taste.  Garnish with chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime.


  1. another recipe to try ... I LOVE soup in the winter

  2. Delicious! Making this for the second time right now!!! MSL

  3. My Husband is Mexican I am American and i am trying to learn this kinda of soups and food to bring back a little of his country to him , last week was i tryied another soup and he told me it was just the right flavor , so NOW I THANK GOD FOR THIS WONDERFULL LADYS RECIPE , CAUSE ITS COLD HERE IN ALABAMA AND THIS IS GOING TO BE DINNER TO NIGHT . THANKS :)