Caldo Gallego-Collard Green Soup

Bonnie Koon


This has become a family favorite! I have been eating this soup all of my life, growing up in Tampa & Ybor City. I have mastered the recipe to what I think is the best in town. It can be made with out the ham & chorizo, if you wish for a vegetarian soup.


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  • 2
    onion, cut in to medium sized chunks
  • 8-10
    cloves of garlic, smashed & chopped
  • 1
    small ham steak, cubed
  • 1
    potato, diced into small cubes
  • 1 Tbsp
    italian seasoning
  • 5-7
    chorizo (4 spanish, sliced & 3 mexican,out of casing)
  • 8 c
  • 16 oz
    bag of white beans
  • 1 large
    bunch of fresh collard greens, cleaned and chopped
  • ·
    salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp
    vinegar, optional (acv or rw)

How to Make Caldo Gallego-Collard Green Soup


  1. Generously coat bottom of pot with olive oil, add next 6 ingredients. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, add remaining ingredients, continue cooking on medium to low heat until beans and collards are tender.
  2. note: Chorizo! I use BOTH Spanish & Mexican. However either one is optional. The Mexican Chorizo must be removed out of the plastic casing. It adds a lot of flavor and mixes well through out the soup.
  3. note: Can be made with out the chorizo, if you wish for a vegetarian soup. You can also use can beans & can/frozen collards if you wish. 3 cans of each, 1 bag of collards, or 2, depending on size. The potato is also optional. I like vinegar in this soup, some do not. More or less may be added.

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About Caldo Gallego-Collard Green Soup

Course/Dish: Bean Soups, Other Soups
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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