Mexican Tripe Soup:
1 calf's foot split lengthwise, then cut in half crosswise (optional)
3 pounds honeycomb or assorted types of tripe, well-rinsed in cold
water and cut into 1-inch squares or triangles
1 large onion, cut into quarters
2 carrots, thickly sliced
6 garlic cloves, peeled
8 poblano chiles
4 cups cooked or drained canned hominy
2 tbs finely chopped cilantro leaves
Jalapeno chiles, seeded and finely chopped
Place the calf's foot and tripe in a four-quart pot. Add enough cold water
to cover by about four inches. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and keep
at a simmer for 10 minutes. Pour everything into a colander and thoroughly
rinse the calf's foot and tripe in cold water to eliminate any froth or scum.
Place the blanched foot and the tripe in a six-quart pot with the onion,
carrots and garlic. Add enough cold water to cover the ingredients by three
Bring the pot to a slow simmer and use a ladle to skim off any froth that
floats to the top. Cover the pot and continue simmering for three hours.
Spoon out and taste a piece of tripe to make sure it is completely tender - if not,
simmer for 30 minutes more and keep checking until it's done.
Strain the soup into a wide colander, saving the broth. Let the solids cool
slightly and then sort through, discarding the vegetables, throwing the pieces
of tripe into the broth, and setting the pieces of calf's foot aside on a cutting
Not everyone likes the gelatinous flesh attached to the calf's foot, but if you do,
cut it into one-fourth to one-half-inch cubes and add to the broth.
Blacken the poblano chiles in the flame of a gas burner or under a broiler. Peel
off the blackened skin with your fingers and scrape off the remainder with a
paring knife. Cut the chiles lengthwise and remove the stem and seeds. Chop the
chiles fine or puree them in a food processor and add them to the broth.
Add the cooked hominy and bring the soup to a simmer - thin the soup with the
water if it seems too thick. Add the cilantro and salt to taste.
Pass around the chopped jalapenos and plates of hot tortillas.
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