Menudo Rojo (Red Menudo)


Inexpensive to make, and fully authentic, this menudo will have your Latin lovers swooning! This recipe uses a combination of chiles to deliver its trademark red color, and packs a mildly spicy punch. And it is really quite easy to make - my husband absolutely devoured it the first time I made it.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
8 servings


  • 3 gallons water, divided

  • 2 ½ pounds beef tripe, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 large white onion, finely chopped

  • 1 ½ tablespoons salt

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ tablespoons dried oregano

  • 2 tablespoons ground red pepper

  • 5 de arbol chile peppers

  • 6 japones chile peppers, seeds removed

  • 6 cups canned white or yellow hominy, drained

  • ½ white onion, chopped

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 limes, juiced


  1. In a large pot, bring 1 gallon water to a boil. Place tripe in the pot, reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours. Periodically skim off fat with a spoon. Drain water, reduce heat, and pour in a fresh gallon of water. Continue to simmer tripe for 2 hours; drain.

  2. Pour remaining 1 gallon water into the pot with tripe, and bring to a boil. Stir in garlic and 1 white onion. Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and red pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour.

  3. Preheat the broiler.

  4. Arrange the de arbol chile peppers on a baking sheet, and broil about 2 minutes, just until they begin to scorch. Remove from heat, slit lengthwise, and remove seeds. In a blender or food processor, blend the de arbol chile peppers and japones chile peppers until very finely chopped. Mix into the pot, and continue cooking 2 hours over low heat.

  5. Mix the hominy into the pot. Continue cooking 1 hour. Serve with remaining onion, cilantro, and lime juice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
5g Fat
32g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 139mg 46%
Sodium 1679mg 73%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 126mg 631%
Calcium 173mg 13%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 390mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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