One of our favorite things about Mexican cuisine is that it is very rich and it has to offer many hidden gems and popular dishes that no one can resist. Because of its large territory, every state has traditional dishes that may differ greatly from one region to the other. However, menudo is prepared all across the country, and it is delicious every way you try it. If you have heard about pozole, you might be able to get an idea of what menudo is, or at least be familiar with the concept.
Menudo is a traditional Mexican spicy soup that, as we mentioned above, is very similar to pozole, another traditional spicy soup from Mexican cuisine that uses hominy as a key ingredient. The big difference between these two soups is the meat that they use. While pork and chicken are commonly used to make pozole, menudo uses tripe, which is the stomach lining of the cow with a chewy texture very similar to that of sautéed calamari.
Since it is a very traditional and quite popular dish, menudo is prepared in many different ways, with every restaurant and family giving it their particular touch. However, there are two main types of menudo, which are Rojo and Blanco. Menudo Rojo is the most popular one, and it uses dried chiles to add spice to it. Menudo Blanco, on the other hand, doesn’t include dried chile nor pepper either, although some might add a bit of jalapeño to give it a bit of flavor. In some cases, chefs might add pig’s feet or sheep stomach instead of beef tripe.
Whenever we decide to have menudo, we need to make sure we eat it properly. To begin with, since menudo tends to be served and family gatherings, the best way to enjoy a plate is by having our friends or family join us, too. Then, make sure you have as many garnishes as you can. For example, cilantro, onion, and lime are a must. Add radish to get an interesting texture, and don’t forget the avocado for extra flavor. As a side, try to have tortillas or tostadas, although some also like to have bolillos and dip them in the soup.
This is a meal that is traditionally served at family gatherings and celebrations, so menudo can go perfectly when celebrating someone’s birthday. You can usually have it during New Year’s too, especially if your whole family is getting together to celebrate. There is no right time to have menudo, and you can eat it any day of the year. Keep in mind that, among Mexican culture, menudo and pozole have a reputation of being the ultimate hangover cure. So, if you had a night of heavy drinking, having a plate of menudo will get you back on your feet.
If you haven’t tried this delicious Mexican dish, don’t hesitate and order one at El Pollo Norteño. We know you will love it and come back for more.