Ground Pork Menudo is a comforting, hearty Filipino stew. It's a delicious dish for lunch or dinner, served over rice.
As a child, I was very confused about menudo.
a) a Mexican food
b) a Filipino food, or
c) one of the coolest boy bands of all time?
The answer is, of course, yes. It is all three! :)
This menudo recipe is my Filipino American version of authentic Filipino menudo. I wanted to create a warm, comforting dish that was still rich and satisfying as the traditional version, but also a little faster and easier to make for those of us with less time to cook.
I hope you love this and find it to be the ultimate comfort food!
🌟 What is menudo?
In the Philippines, menudo is traditionally a comforting stew. It's normally made with chopped pork or beef tripe. My version of Filipino Menudo uses ground pork.
In some parts of the Philippines, you'll find lolas and titas traditionally add chicken liver to their menudo. My mom and lola never did, so I left it out of my recipe too. You can, of course, add pureed chicken liver if you wish!
🧄 Ingredient notes
Pork - This recipe calls for ground pork, which cooks quickly and still absorbs all of that luscious rich umami from the sauce and cooked vegetables. You can also use the more traditional chopped pork shoulder or pork butt, but if you do that, be sure to add a few extra minutes to the cooking time.
Carrots, Potato, Bell Pepper - These are the main vegetables that you'll need to cook down until they are slightly softened. Be sure to chop them all to the same size so they cook evenly.
Peas - I use frozen peas since we always have some in the freezer, but you can use fresh peas if you have them. These go in last since they cook up very quickly.
✅ Step-by-step instructions
Exact measurements of ingredients and instructions are in the printable recipe card toward the bottom of this post. Here are some helpful tips to guide you as you make this recipe.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onions and sauté just until they are soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Add the ground pork, season with salt and pepper, and cook just until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.
Add the carrots, potato, and bell pepper. Stir and sauté for 1 minute.
Pour in the fish sauce, tomato sauce, and water. Stir the ingredients, then cover the skillet and lower the heat to medium.
Cook, covered, for about 7 to 10 minutes, just until the sauce has thickened a little and the vegetables are soft.
Remove the lid, add the peas, and stir and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve with rice.
👩🏻🍳 ✅Recipe FAQs
Most authentic Filipino recipes use chunks of pork, from pork shoulder or pork butt. Some recipes call for beef tripe (which is more common in the Mexican version) and chicken livers.
Mexican menudo usually is made from cow's stomach, cooked in a red chili pepper broth, and sometimes includes pig's feet or knuckles. The Filipino version of menudo is usually not spicy, made from a tomato/fish sauce broth, and made of pork.
Allow the menudo to cool completely at room temperature, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
🍽 What to serve with menudo
Ground pork menudo is traditionally and best served over rice - either plain white rice or try this Instant Pot Garlic Rice.
⏲ Kitchen tools and equipment
For this recipe, you just need a few basic kitchen tools:
Large skillet - I usually cook my pork menudo in a large 12" cast iron skillet. You can use any large skillet or even a large saucepan with high sides or dutch oven to make this. You can also use a wok. Just be sure to watch cook times if using a wok since the ingredients will cook up quickly.
🥂 Best wine pairings for Filipino menudo
Like many Filipino dishes, this ground pork menudo can be enjoyed with either white or red wine.
When choosing a white wine, reach for a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or unoaked Chardonnay.
If you're in the mood for red wine, this menudo pairs deliciously with a vibrant Rioja.
🇵🇭 More Filipino recipes
For more, you can buy my Filipino cookbook: Modern Filipino Cooking, my 55-page e-Book with authentic Filipino recipes that I've adapted for today's modern kitchen!
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Filipino Ground Pork Menudo
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 pound ground pork
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup peeled and diced carrots
- 1 large russet potato, peeled and diced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 Tablespoon fish sauce
- ½ cup tomato sauce
- 1½ cups water
- ½ cup frozen green peas
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onions and sauté just until they are soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes.
- Add the ground pork, season with salt and pepper, and cook just until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.
- Add the carrots, potato, and bell pepper. Stir and sauté for 1 minute.
- Pour in the fish sauce, tomato sauce, and water. Stir the ingredients, then cover the skillet and lower the heat to medium. Cook, covered, for about 7 to 10 minutes, just until the sauce has thickened a little and the vegetables are soft.
- Remove the lid, add the peas, and stir and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve with rice.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.