How to Make Menudo

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Spanish explorers probably influenced the creation of a dish with the same name in countries on the opposite side of the Pacific Ocean. Filipino menudo, a thick stew made with pork; and Mexican menudo, a soup starring tripe, share a name and a place in the hearts of two diverse populations. Generations of cooks have tailored the dishes to their own tastes, serving the soup or stew as a family meal or at a holiday celebration.

How to Make Menudo
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Things You'll Need

  • Boneless pork roast, cubed
  • Vegetable, canola or olive oil
  • Chorizo or similar smoky sausage, sliced into rings
  • Chopped onion
  • Diced garlic
  • Canned whole, peeled tomatoes
  • Oregano
  • Bay leaf
  • Bell peppers, cored, seeded and cut up
  • Peeled and cubed potatoes
  • Peeled and sliced carrots
  • Fresh or frozen peas
  • Rice
  • Tripe, washed and cut into small squares
  • Pig’s feet, washed and excess fat removed
  • Garlic
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Onion, chopped
  • Canned white hominy
  • Lemons, cut in wedges
  • Chilies such as serrano, chopped
  • Tortillas
Step 1

Brown the pork in oil over medium-high heat. When the pork is brown, add the chorizo, onion and garlic and cook for 3 or 4 minutes.

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Step 2

Add the tomatoes, oregano, bay leaf and bell peppers. Bring the meat and tomato mixture to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for about half an hour. Don't add water -- the liquid from the canned tomatoes should suffice.

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Step 3

Stir in the potatoes, carrots and peas, and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

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Step 4

Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed. Remove the bay leaf and serve the stew with rice.

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Step 1

Put the tripe and pig’s feet in a stove-top-safe pot large enough to contain the meat and the marinade. Combine the garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, onion and 1 cup of water in a food processor or blender. Add salt and pepper to taste and liquefy the contents. Pour the mixture over the meat and marinate for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Step 2

Place the pot over medium heat, add bay leaves and fill the pot about ¾ full with water. Simmer for 3 or 4 hours, stirring occasionally and adding water, if necessary, to maintain a souplike consistency. Skim off any fat that rises to the surface with a large spoon, or blot it off with a clean paper towel.

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Step 3

Taste the broth and adjust the seasonings by adding more garlic, salt and pepper or oregano. Add the hominy and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Remove the bay leaves.

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Step 4

Serve with hot tortillas and set out lemon wedges, chopped pepper and chopped onion as garnish.

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