This dish shares the same name with the latin boy band of the ’80s that my sisters were so crazy about. I remember our room with so many posters of Menudo in their colorful spandex and headbands.   My two sisters and their friends were crushing on the four “older” members of the group and they “gave” Ricky Martin to me because he was too young for them and I was about his age. They would tease me but really I didn’t have a crush on Ricky ( okay, maybe just a little), I was too young for that, I very much prefer the dish over them although I liked their songs, danced and lip sync to them even and screamed with my sisters whenever it was on the radio.

Menudo the dish, is as colorful as Menudo the boy band and their costumes. It’s a mix of diced pork, liver and veggies simmered until tender and flavorful, not so different from picadillo but this is even more delicious (for me).   I am proud of my menudo, it’s simply delicious, so far from the menudo that I used to cook in college where everything was floating in an orange-colored broth.

Menudo traditionally uses diced fresh tomatoes and atsuete (annato seeds) oil or water for the sauce, but if you cannot find annato seeds, a good substitute in my opinion is to use tomato paste which I always do,  but that’s just me, you can of course just use tomato sauce. I used fish sauce to season this, well almost all Filipino dishes actually. It makes a difference in the taste, it gives every dish a little something, something not just saltiness.

saute garlic, onion, pork until caramelized; add raisins

season with salt and pepper then add tomato paste,  bell peppers and cayenne


add water, boil  and simmer until tender add carrots and potatoes

add cheese last and cook for one more minute

serve with steamed rice

serves 4-6


3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large red onion, minced
500 g pork shoulders, diced or cubed
200 g pork liver, cut the same size as pork
1/3 cup raisins
1-2 red bellpeppers, cut into big chunks
2 medium potatoes, cut same size as the pork
2 medium carrots, cut the same size as the pork
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup annato (atsuete) water (2 tablespoon of annato seeds plus enough water)
4 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon fish sauce (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1/3 cup frozen or canned green peas
2-4 tablespoons grated cheese (depending on how cheesy you want it)
olive oil

note: You may also add about 1/3 cup of sliced hotdogs or chorizo to make it even better; I usually do when it’s for special occasion.

Here’s how:

Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Saute the minced garlic and onion, add the pork once the onion turned opaque or transparent. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook until pork is browned and caramelized; add in the pork liver, saute until liver is half-cooked, season with paprika, cayenne and add the raisins.

Add in tomato paste and the red bellpepper. Add 1 1/2 cups water, bring to a boil and simmer until pork is tender. Add carrots and potatoes; season with black pepper and salt or fish sauce if using, bring to a boil again and simmer until the veggies are tender.

Add the peas, cook for one minute then add the cheese, let simmer until cheese melts before turning off heat. Done! Serve this with hot steamed rice.

Thanks for reading and Have a nice day!


14 Responses to "Menudo"

  1. David   August 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Hello I made some menudo today and it was nothing like this. My friend from mexico taught me how to make it and all menudo has to have tripe otherwise it is pozole (if it has pork) or simply meat stew. I feel like what you made is more like stew of some other name. The word menudo actually comes from the latin word minutus which means tripe. Your dish looks beautiful and tasty and i will have to try it some time soon 🙂

    • Olive   August 6, 2011 at 12:31 am

      Hi David! 🙂

      This is the Filipino version of menudo 🙂 Oh, please do try it too, it’s very, very good and we eat it with rice, lots of rice! 🙂

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  3. Squeaky Gourmet   October 11, 2009 at 6:45 am

    I love new pork recipes to try out! My family will enjoy this as well I am sure!

  4. Jessica   October 10, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Yumm! This sounds really tasty and I have to admit I giggled about your recollection of the steamy hot boy band. Ricky was my pick! Thanks for the post.
    = )

  5. short and bald   October 10, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    looks so yummy, very comforting. this recipe reminds me of the caribbean meal i had before. thanks!

  6. sizzlechef   October 10, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Thank you very much for sharing. Simply delicious with steam white rice. Though will cook chicken fillet. Cheers !

  7. Experimental Culinary Pursuits   October 9, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Wow, such gorgeous colors!

  8. Alta   October 9, 2009 at 9:32 am

    This does sound good. I’ve never had menudo that didn’t have tripe in it…and yours looks so chock-ful of stuff, it’s almost a stew. Perfect for a cold day!

  9. Jessie   October 9, 2009 at 5:58 am

    Delish! I love a hearty and stick to your ribs stew. when I first saw the title of your entry, I thought to myself ” Menudo the boyband?!” lol and ended up talking about them 🙂

  10. Divina   October 8, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    You are a Menudo (boy band) fan just like my sister. This is one of the dishes used to cook at home. It’s time to cook this again.

  11. lululu   October 8, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    this looks really tasty! i would surely put chorizo too!
    ricky martin……hm……i actually didnt really like him until i’ve seen some pix of him with his kids. those just showed another side of him. maybe fatherhood of him has changed my impression to him!

  12. MaryMoh   October 8, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    It looks very delicious. I would pour the whole bowl over a scoop of rice and enjoy….mmmm

  13. Atreyee   October 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Hey Olive,
    I don’t eat pork..but this recipe inspires so many chicken and mushroom dishes that sooner than later you might see one on my blog. So thanks to you,…:) 🙂


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