Minced Filipino Menudo
If you grew up in Canada during the 1980s like me, you’re first image of “menudo” is probably the popular boy band from the ’80s that launched the career of Ricky Martin. In actuality menudo is a soup from Mexico or a stew from the Philippines. I’ve had many Filipino caregivers over the years and have been fortunate enough to try many of their ethnic dishes, but my Minced Filipino Menudo version is one of my favourites.
The dish is traditionally made using garlic, onions, tomato, sliced or diced pork, liver, diced potato, raisins, diced carrots, bell peppers, soy sauce, vinegar or calamansi and tomato sauce, and seasoned with salt and pepper while it is cooked. I prefer to remove the raisins because I’ve found that they do not always blend well.
Since the Minced Filipino Menudo is a stew, it lends itself to a blended diet perfectly because you can easily control the consistency of the food through blending and altering the amount of sauce. The mixture of meat and veggies make menudo a tasty, well balanced meal in one dish.
- 2 lbs. pork
- ¼ lb. pig liver
- 1 cup potatoes, diced
- 1 medium carrot, cubed
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ½ lemon
- 1 small onion, chopped
- ½ medium red bell pepper, diced
- ½ medium green bell pepper, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ¾ cup tomato sauce
- 1 cup water
- 4 wieners, sliced diagonally
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 to 3 dried bay leaves
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine pork, soysauce, and lemon in a bowl. Marinate for at least 1 hour.
- Heat oil in a pan
- Saute garlic and onion.
- Add the marinated pork. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
- Pour in tomato sauce and water and then add the bay leaves.Let boil and simmer for 30 minutes to an hour depending on the toughness of the pork. Note: Add water as necessary.
- Add-in the liver and wieners. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Put-in potatoes, bell peppers, carrots, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir and cook for 8 to 12 minutes.
- Blend the menudo to your desired consistency and add the extra sauce from the pot to make it more moist.
- Serve on top of rice or enjoy the menudo on its own!
If you give this recipe a try, please let me know in the comments below! I love to hear your feedback and will use it to make new recipes and improving this site. Bon appetite!