Vegetarian Menudo Recipe

Written on October 24th, 2006 by blogger
Posted in Cooking, Food and Drinks, Recipes

pot.jpgSince fall-type weather comes a bit later here in Texas, I have been craving soup for a very long time. I made a pact with myself that on the first cold day (when I have to wear a long sleeve) I am definitely making soup … any soup! I don’t like to make soup the weather is hot because it just doesn’t seem right. And I don’t want to make cold soup because that just sounds weird. I might as well be eating unheated Ramen or Campbell’s.

I decided to make Menudo. I chose this stew because the broth is chili based and chili promotes immunity (which I am lacking as I sniffle and write this article). Menudo is a Mexican soup primarily made of chilies, animal spare parts (like the stomach and intestinal lining, and hominy (a puffy type of corn). I’ve once heard that Menudo is good for curing hangovers. This would have been a perfect dish for drunk Bree.

The thought of using animal spare parts (think ears and noses) make me want to gag. And that’s not very Bree-like is it? So, as usual, I am using vegetarian proteins in place of these “spare parts.”

Vegetarian Menudo Recipe

  • Corn Oil
  • 2 Medium Onions
  • 3 Large Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Cup of Chopped/Ground Meat or Meat Substitute. I like to use Worthington Frichick, Morningstar Griller Crumbles, and/or Boca Ground Burger.
  • 3 Ancho (Dried Poblano) Chilies
  • 1 Small Chunk of Chocolate
  • 1 Can of Yellow Hominy
  • 2 Cans of White Hominy
  • 1 Can of Corn
  • 1/4 Can of Garbanzos (Chickpeas)
  • 1 Can of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 6 Cups of Water (Stock)
  • 4 Tablespoons of Menudo Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoons of Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon of Oregano
  • A Couple of Lime Wedges
  1. Sauté the onions and garlic in a pot until brown
  2. Sauté the meat or meat substitute with the onions and garlic until brown
  3. Deseed and remove the stems from the dried chilies. Tear the “skins” in boiling water. Boil until the “skins” turn a little more thick and fleshy.
  4. Blend the boiled chilies with 2 cups of water and the chocolate. Add the “chili chocolate smoothie” in the pot.
  5. Add the hominy, corn, garbanzos, tomatoes, and water to the pot and let it boil lightly.
  6. Add the Menudo seasoning, cumin, and the oregano with 2 tablespoons of corn oil

Squeeze fresh lime wedges in the soup and eat it with toasted homemade tortillas. Enjoy!

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8 Responses to “Vegetarian Menudo Recipe”

  1. dan Says:

    this is the worst recipe i ever seen been eating this my whole life way off on the recipe this would end up tasting horrible chocalate are you on drugs or just crazy

  2. mark john e. dominise Says:

    hi i like your menudo it was so impreesive

  3. Vicki Bargar Says:

    Awwww, Dan, like a small child, you didn’t even taste it and yet it “would taste terrible”? If you have never had chili chocolates, you are indeed missing out! They are ever so delicious. So when I try this recipe, it will definitely be with the chocolate 🙂

  4. Vicki Bargar Says:

    Sorry Dan, I misquoted you…
    ” this would end up tasting horrible”
    That was an oversite. You should try the recipe!

  5. Dansucks Says:

    Dan like eating hotdogs whole…

    …without the bun.

  6. Alex Says:

    This isn’t even remotely menudo. Menudo is made with tripe (stomach lining), not just any old “spare parts” as you so crudely put it. Using ground meat wouldn’t make it menudo, either, it would make it chili-flavored meat soup.

  7. Alex Says:

    And furthermore, there’s such a rich tradition of vegetarian and vegan cooking in places like India and the Middle East that doesn’t use any disgusting fake meat crap or horrible misappropriations of other cultures’ traditional foods that to bother with something like this isn’t even worth it.

    Try something like chana masala, or any number of incredible salads, or beans and rice, or a vegetarian panang curry… really, there’s no need to bastardize meat dishes to make delicious vegetarian food.

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