Thursday, May 10, 2012


Menudo is a celebratory dish.  Feast, birthdays, graduations, and weddings would alway have menudo at the table.  Although this dish was brought to the Philippines by the Spaniards, it is of Mexican origin.  It is a traditional Mexican dish made of beef with clear broth or with a red chili base (wikipedia).  It is said that it is prepared by the entire family where everyone has his/her own part to do.  It is interesting to note that the cooking menudo itself is a way of socializing and uniting the whole clan or family in the Mexican culture.  I can say that it's the same thing for the Filipinos and  I hope that most of us are still doing this.

3/4 k pork cubes
1/3 k pork liver, cubed
1 c red capcicum, cubed
3 medium carrots, cubed
2 big potatoes, cubed
1 tin chickpeas (garbanzos)
8 pieces hotdogs, sliced diagonally
1 c tomato sauce (pinoy style)
1 tin reno liver spread (big one)
4 tomatoes, diced
1 medium onions, diced
1 tbsp garlic, minced
10 pcs calamansi
1/3 c soy sauce

Marinate pork and liver with soy sauce and calamansi juice.
Sautee onions, garlic, and tomatoes.
Put in pork and liver.
Add in hotdogs.
Add in the carrots and potatoes.  
Pour 1/2 c water and the marinade and boil.
When the meat is tender, add in the liver spread and chickpeas.
Pour in the tomato sauce and simmer.

A comment or two will be appreciated...



  1. Ah Marlene, I was just thinking about menudo. Wil try to cook it sans the liver. Hay!!! Hubby doesn't like it. Will have to go to Asian shop though to buy Reno. Thanks for the recipe. Keep cooking :-)

  2. It's ok if you don't add the liver Rhubie but make sure you have a liver spread heheh. The shortcut way to do menudo is to get the ready mix sauce base. Although when I use it, I would still follow my recipe. If you cannot find a filipino style tomato sauce, you can replace it with 2-3 tbsp tomato paste dissolved in 2 tbsp water.


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