Have you ever had a hangover? I’m happy to say I never have, but I’ve heard they’re brutal. Whenever I hear someone talking about being hungover, I can’t help but think of Menudo! Menudo is a Mexican soup, made with beef tripe & hominy. I grew up eating it in Texas, where I was born & raised. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always heard Menudo is a cure for a hangover. Folks that party a little too hard on Friday night, can be found eating a big bowl of Menudo early Saturday morning.
My Mother was Mexican American & she used to make the best Menudo. Not everyone can make it- trust me I’ve learned that the hard way! There are few things worse than ordering a bowl of menudo at a restaurant & then cringing when they set the bowl in front of you, because it’s a hot, greasy mess! Yes, that has happened to me more than once.
My Mom usually made Menudo in the winter, on a weekend. I used to watch her make it … rinsing the tripe off under the faucet in the kitchen sink, cutting the beef tripe into bite sized pieces … sometimes adding a pig’s foot to the pot for even more flavor … checking on it as it cooked on the stove for hours until the meat was tender. Those are memories I will always treasure, especially since my Mother is no longer alive. I’m so thankful she instilled a love of all things Latino in me; I’m proud of my Mexican American heritage. Gracias Mami, te quiero mucho.
A quick trip to my neighborhood Lucky’s Supermarket is all I have to do to find the cuts of meat I need. Not only is Lucky’s carrying Rumba Meats, you can find it at FoodMaxx & Save Marts too. This is great news for those of us who like to make Menudo, Lengua, Tripas, & all the other traditional Mexican dishes we grew up eating.