I’ve got no issue with such soups; however, many people would say that this is only for strong stomachs. Ironically, this soup is made from a stomach. They say it’s usually prepared for special occasions, but I’ve seen it on many breakfast menus, so it’s probably not such a celebratory meal anymore. It is also said to work wonders on a hangover. To me, Menudo is a real quarantine discovery: intestines, stomach, hooves. I made the original recipe slightly simple and adapted it to Europe, so it would be easier to find everything you need. You’ll probably find most of the stuff at your local butcher’s section for dogs.
beef bones for soup;
2 pig hooves;
1 kg beef stomach, cut into bite-size chunks;
3 l water;
2 bay leaves;
1 chili pepper;
1 finely diced onion (reserve some for serving);
5 garlic cloves;
dried oregano (for serving);
1 diced potato (for texture only, you won’t find it in original recipes);
2 limes, juiced (lemons will work, too);
salt and pepper.
Cover the bones, hooves, and stomach with water. Boil for 10 minutes, drain the water and put everything back into a pot with 3 liters of clean water, potato, chili pepper, onion, garlic, and bay leaves.
Boil everything on low heat for 3-4 hours. Add more water if needed.
Scrape the meat from the hooves and bones and put it back into the soup.
Now add your lime juice, then season with salt and pepper.
As usual, it’s best eaten the next day. Serve with the following sprinkles: diced onion, oregano, and a slice of lime.