The real dish is Menudo, and where I’m from, it is a tomato-based stew of pork and liver. Usually it also has tomatoes, carrots, raisins, garbanzos, green peas, pimientos and red hotdogs! It’s definitely not the Mexican menudo, which is with tripe.
My version always skips the peas (which I loathe) and the raisins (which I like on their own but not in cooked food). I always use liverspread instead of actual liver (because while I like the flavor, I do not like the texture!). I also like putting in garbanzos and red hotdogs, but since hubby does not like either of those things, they rarely make an appearance!
When I need to make a big batch in a hurry, I make menudillo, which is kinda like saying mini or baby menudo, which implies using the same recipe but smaller cuts of meat, in this case the meat was ground into mince instead of small cubes. And, in the interest of saving more time, I shredded the carrots instead of dicing them… and to add ooomph, boiled quail eggs went into the dish!
800 grams lean ground pork
4 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
1 large sweet onion, minced
1 small can pork liver spread
4 largish tomatoes, diced
1 to 2 large pimientos, sliced
about 1/2 cup shredded carrots (large shred)
1/2 cup tomato sauce (optional)
3 pieces dried bay leaves
1/2 tablespoon sweet paprika
a pinch or two of crushed chili flakes
salt and pepper, to taste
18 to 24 pieces boiled quail eggs
In a hot pan, sauté the garlic and onion until soft and fragrant. Add the liverspread and stir fry several seconds. Add the tomatoes and pimientos. Stir fry several minutes then throw in the pork and stir fry a couple of minutes more. Add the shredded carrots then the tomato sauce, if using. Pour enough water or stock to barely cover the meat. Add seasonings, to taste. Simmer until pork is cooked and sauce is slightly thickened and reduced to a thick paste. Halfway through simmering, put in the boiled quail eggs.
Serve on top of steamed rice!
This dish was made for hubby’s friends so we packed their meal in convenient “lunch boxes”, and added mini cupcakes for their get together!
(The picture of the packed meal is not mine; I grabbed the photo from the social media account of one of the recipients – )
Of course when hubby told me that everyone liked (loved?) this dish, I was happy!!!!