I’m sitting here eating the last bowl of Menudo from last weekend’s meal. Yes, I ate Menudo on Saturday and Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Thomas asked me, “Aren’t you sick of it already?” I looked at him as if he was crazy. I want to share my recipe on the blog because it is THAT good.

Growing up, I never liked eating the meat inside the soup. I would just eat the hominy. When I learned how to make this for myself, I wanted to omit the meat but my mom said the taste wouldn’t be the same. I cook with the meat but I just don’t eat it. I don’t like the texture of the tripe. When I started learning how to make Menudo my mom told me to use Las Palmas red sauce but I wanted to make everything from scratch. I learned how to make red sauce that can be used for numerous other recipes. When I first made the sauce, I didn’t know what chili’s to use. I picked a spicy Chili and although the soup was good, my sinuses had some issues. I’ve since learned the best chili to use is the California chili. If you are interested in learning how to make this crazy good soup, keep reading.

Just as a side note. I know many families use the foot of the cow but my family uses pig’s feet. I cannot comment on the cow’s foot, as I’ve never used it to cook with. I do know that any soup cooked with the broth made from animal bones is supposed to be good for ones immune system. The longer you cook this soup with the bones inside, the better it is for you.

2-3 Pigs feet
1 lb honeycomb tripe
1 tbsp Oregano
1/2 onion
5-6 minced garlic cloves
2 bay leaves
½ tsp cumin
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp red chili powder

105 oz can of Juanita’s Hominy
-Red Sauce-
20 California chili pods
½ onion
2 garlic cloves
Juice from the broth
Bowl to catch strained chili sauce
Chopped Cilantro
Chopped Onion
Lemon Juice
Salt to taste
1.) Boil a half pot of water, add meat only, boil for ten minutes and dump meat in strainer, allowing juice to flow down the drain.
2.) Rinse out the pot and fill up again half way. Allow water to boil again before adding the meat back in.
3.) After the meat is added back in, add the oregano, onion, garlic, bay leaves, cumin and salt. Save the chili powder for later.

Menudo, oregano, onion, salt, garlic, cumin

4.) Let all that cook on low for 2 hours.

5.) Now for the chili-Take the chili pods and clean all the seeds out.

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Menudo California Chili Pods

Menudo California Chili Pods
Rinse chili pods and strain, there may be seeds at the bottom of the strainer, leave those out of the blender.

6.) Take a small pot and add some broth from the Menudo pot to it, enough to cover the chili’s. Add in the garlic cloves and ½ onion.

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7.) Boil the chili’s on low for 20 minutes. Once done, remove from heat and let it cool down enough to blend. If you blend while hot, an explosion will occur. I learned that the hard way!

Menudo California Chili Pods

Menudo California Chili Pods Menudo California Chili Pods
8.) Once the chili is blended, it must be strained.

Menudo California Chili Pods

Menudo California Chili Pods
Stirring the spoon will help the straining process go much faster.
Menudo California Chili Pods
The leftover remnants can be thrown out. You may need to do this several times in-between adding the blended chili pods.

Note**If you are like me and you do not like the meat, remove it before you add the chili in.
9.) Add the strained chili sauce into the pot with the meat. Add in the 2 tbsp of chili powder and stir.

Menudo California Chili Pods
10.) Get your can of hominy, dump in a strainer and rinse thoroughly. Add to the pot.
11.) Cook Menudo for an additional thirty minutes.

Menudo Toppings
Top your Menudo with chopped cilantro, onion and lemon juice. Add salt to taste and enjoy!


If you decide to try this, please let me know how it turned out for you! If you know anyone who would enjoy this post, please share!


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  1. Love love love menudo..Good for all types of weather as it is for breakfast,lunch, and dinner. And not to mention great for hangovers.

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