Down Home Chitterlings


Chitterlings, made from pigs' intestines, are a favorite among Southern families. Traditionally, they are prepared during the holiday season, but deep freezing makes them available year-round. Delicious served with spaghetti or turnip greens. Be certain to pass the vinegar and hot sauce!

Prep Time:
1 hrs
Cook Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs


  • 10 pounds frozen chitterlings, thawed and cleaned

  • 1 onion, roughly chopped

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Place cleaned chitterlings in a 6-quart pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a rolling boil; add onion and season with salt, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Simmer until chitterlings are clear to white in color and reach desired tenderness, 3 to 4 hours.

Cleaning and Handling Raw Chitterlings:

Soak chitterlings in cold water throughout the cleaning stage. Each chitterling should be examined and run under cold water and all foreign materials should be removed and discarded. Chitterlings should retain some fat, so be careful to leave some on. After each chitterling has been cleaned, soak in two cold water baths for a few minutes. The second water bath should be clearer. If not, soak in one more bath.

Be sure to wash any surfaces with a bleach-based sanitizer and your hands thoroughly with soap to avoid contamination while handling raw chitterlings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

312 Calories
27g Fat
1g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 312
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 365mg 122%
Sodium 412mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 38mg 1%

* 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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