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Menudo, or Pancita, is Mexican comfort food at its best. Served for Sunday brunch and shared with lots of love. By Mama Maggie’s Kitchen
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4.96 from 21 votes

Menudo (or Pancita)

Menudo (or Pancita) - This soup is rich and deeply satisfying. An authentic Mexican recipe that is truly delicious and comforting with each spoonful.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 5 mins
Total Time3 hrs 50 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 10
Calories: 210kcal



  • Rinse the beef honeycomb tripe well.
  • Add honeycomb, 1 whole onion, 5 garlic cloves, and 2 bay leaves to a large stockpot.
  • Add water. About 6 inches above the honeycomb.
  • Cover and bring to a boil for 2 ½ hours.
  • In the meantime, make the red chile sauce.
  • In a smaller stockpot add the chile guajillo and the chile de árbol.
  • Add water. Enough to cover all the chiles.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Turn heat off and let sit for 5 minutes until soft.
  • Add all the chiles, ¼ onion, 2 garlic cloves, pinch of cumin, and salt to the blender.
  • Using the water from which the chiles cooked in, add it to the blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Before adding the chile sauce, remove and discard the onion and bay leaves from the pot.
  • Add the red sauce and 2 tablespoons salt to the honeycomb tripe pot.
  • Add 1 cup of water to the blender to get any remaining red sauce and pour into the pot.
  • Rinse the hominy.
  • Add the hominy to the pot.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Cover and let simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Serve with toppings and enjoy!



Trim any fatty areas before cooking tripe. 
Some people strain the chile sauce before adding to the pot. 
For an instant pot: High Pressure 45 minutes with full natural release.
For a slow cooker: Set on low for 6 hours.
If you are using the same pot as when you were trying to take the smell away, you will need to wash the pot. The odor lingers.
In the fridge, menudo will last 3-4 days. It actually tastes better when it’s reheated.
In the freezer, menudo will last 3-4 months. It will have lost some of its freshness and texture, but the taste will still be there.


Serving: 471g | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 6.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 2641mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 9.8g | Sugar: 3.8g