This Menudo recipe is a Filipino dish that makes it’s appearance on everyday lunch and dinner tables to fiestas and special occasions. It is tomato based and has a little sauce that make it perfect with white steamed rice, and LOTS of it!
You can use cubed chicken breasts or pork meat in this dish. I have not tried nor heard of a beef version though. Please let me know if you know of a Filipino menudo recipe made with beef!
When I was a kid, I remember this dish having *chopped liver when served, but I do not really like liver nor is it easy to find where I live now, so I left it out. If you want to add it, of course feel free to. I’m sure it will taste closer to the authentic version my aunts used to cook!
I usually add *sliced hotdogs to this dish too. My son loves hotdogs (I mean, all kids do right?!) so if I have it, it definitely goes in the recipe too. I just didn’t have any on hand this time.
5 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 pound pork or chicken breasts, cubed
3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 carrots, peeled and diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Onion, diced
1/2 cup Tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
*1 cup chopped liver, optional
*1 cup sliced hotdogs, optional
1 bell pepper, sliced
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup raisins
Salt and pepper
1. Season cubed chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Set aside.
2. In a wok or saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and let cook until lightly browned about 4-5 minutes, without stirring. You want that caramelization as it adds so much flavor to the dish. Give it a quick stir and let sit again until most of it is lightly browned.
3. Remove chicken pieces to a plate and set aside.
4. Add another 2 tablespoons oil to the pan and heat up. Pan fry the potatoes and carrots until lightly browned. Remove to a plate and set aside. *You can skip this step but my Tita Saning who showed me this recipe did it this way, so I am sharing this step too. Kind of like honoring her memory. I miss those times. ❤️
5. Heat up the last tablespoon of oil and saute the garlic until fragrant. Add the onions and saute for about 3-5 minutes, until golden.
6. Add in the tomato sauce, chicken broth, and soy sauce and bring to a boil. Add the chicken pieces, potatoes, and carrots. *If using liver and hot dogs, add them too*
7. Let simmer over medium-low heat until meat and potatoes are done, about 20-25 minutes. Taste, taste!
8. Add the bell peppers, peas, and raisins and simmer until heated through, about 5-10 minutes more. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
9. Serve hot over freshly cooked rice. Fish sauce on the side is optional, but highly recommended! 😋
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