Shrimp and Octopus Soup (Caldo de Camaron y Pulpo)


This is an octopus soup, also known as a caldo, made with shrimp. This dish is for all Mexican food and seafood lovers and can be eaten with tortillas or tostadas.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins


  • 2 quarts water

  • 2 pounds octopus, cut into 1 inch pieces

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 cup diced carrots

  • 1 cup diced celery

  • 2 cups cubed potatoes

  • ½ cup crushed dry pasilla chile peppers

  • ½ cup chopped onion, or to taste

  • 1 cup diced tomato

  • 1 ½ pounds large shrimp in shells

  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (Optional)

  • salt to taste


  1. Place water in a large soup pot, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add octopus, and continue boiling for about 20 minutes.

  2. While octopus is boiling, heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrots, celery, potatoes, and pasilla pepper. Fry for about 15 minutes, adding onion and tomato at the very end. The ingredients do not need to be fully cooked.

  3. When octopus has boiled for 20 minutes, add shrimp in their shells to octopus, and let it boil for 5 more minutes. Add vegetables from skillet, and season with salt to your liking. If corn is used, put it in with shrimp. Let everything simmer together for 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

269 Calories
5g Fat
18g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 269
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 184mg 61%
Sodium 462mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 21mg 105%
Calcium 135mg 10%
Iron 9mg 49%
Potassium 963mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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