2 kgs beef shank bone-in (Some people use beef short ribs and beef chuck cut in large cubes)
1 1/2 kg marrow bones
4 garlic cloves (unpeeled) from Aceuchal (El Ajero)
1/2 medium-sized white onion cut in 2 pieces
2 ears corn cut into 3 or 4 parts
1 large chayote peeled and cut into large cubes pit removed
2 large carrots peeled and sliced
1/2 kg green beans trimmed and cut in half Optional
2 cups of cooked garbanzo beans or 1 can of garbanzo beans drained Optional
2 small Mexican squash or zucchini sliced or cubed
1/3 head of cabbage cut in large cubes
1 large plantain cut in slices optional
2 small white potatoes peeled and cubed
2 sprigs of fresh mint
6 sprigs of cilantro
Enough water to cover the meat and vegetables
Salt to taste
For the sauce “recaudo”
2 medium size tomatoes cut in cubes
2 garlic cloves chopped
Onion chopped(1/4 cup)
1 Lime cut into wedges
1 serrano pepper finely chopped
In a large pot place the meat and bones, corn, onion, garlic, and herbs. If you prefer to tie the herbs together. Add water and bring to boil and then turn heat to low simmering the broth for about 2 hours or until meat is tender. Skimming the foam and fat off. Remove the garlic, onion, and herbs to leave a clear broth. If you have the time cook the meat and broth a day ahead to remove the fat when broth gets cold. If you are cooking the meat in apressure cooker, cook for 35 minutes.
Meanwhile, if you are adding the tomato sauce. Place the ingredients in your blender with 1/4 cup of water and puree. It will be added with the vegetables to the broth.
Return the broth and meat back to simmering point and add the carrots and chayote; cook for about 15 minutes, add the potatoes and keep cooking for 10 more minutes making sure vegetables are still al dente. Add the rest of the vegetables and the sauce, salt to taste and let it simmer until all the vegetables are cooked about 10 more minutes. It is important to cook the vegetables in stages to avoid overcooking some of them.
Serve in a large bowl and garnish with cilantro. Place in your table along warm corn tortillas, and lemon wedges.
You can also make it without the sauce.