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Menudo – Cure for Hangover?!

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Rumba® Beef Honeycomb Tripe

Beef Tripe Soup Recipe
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Lynda Segovia Thorn

Hi, I'm Lynda Segovia Thorn, wife and mother. Originally from Texas, I now reside in California and teach SpEd students while blogging about food, familia and travel. By making my children the same meals my Mom made me, I can share our proud Mexican heritage with them. As the mother of multicultural kids, it's important to me that they know where they came from - Rumba Meats helps make that possible.

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Beef Tripe Soup Recipe

Menudo

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.

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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.

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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.

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Directions

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Some eat Menudo for breakfast – others for lunch or dinner. Me? I don’t discriminate; I’ll take it any time I can get it! LOL! I used to have to go to a restaurant if I wanted a Menudo fix, but not anymore. Thanks to Rumba Meats & Lucky’s Supermarkets;  I can now cook all the delicious meals I grew up eating, right here at home.

Ingredients

  • Rumba® Beef Honeycomb Tripe (4 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 cups hominy (can,drained)
  • 2 (1-ounce) packages menudo seasoning (found in Hispanic/ethnic food aisle at supermarket)
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons red chili powder
  • 1 lemon quartered

Recipe Notes

You can also add additional menudo seasonings as a garnish sprinkled over menudo.

Instructions

  1. Rinse beef tripe thoroughly, drain and slice into 1 to 2-inch squares.
  2. Place in a large stockpot with 10 cups water. Add coriander, garlic, hominy, menudo seasoning, onion, oregano and chili powder
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer over medium-low heat for 3½ to 4 hours until tripe is tender and internal temperature reaches 160ºF.
  4. Serve in bowls topped with fresh squeezed lemon juice and enjoy!