TEAM Eats: Recipe for Menudo

Recipe for Menudo
Everyone in the Philippines has their own menudo recipe. Find out TEAM missionary Laura O'Day's favorite way to make it!

This is my husband’s favorite Filipino dish and a crowd-pleaser with our whole family. Filipinos often eat rice and ulam (which simply means “vegetables and maybe meat, in sauce, that goes on rice”) most for dinner. This is one of our regular ulam meals!

Everybody here has their own menudo recipe, with their own blend of meat, vegetables, tomato sauce, bay leaves and spices. This particular recipe came from my friend, Leng. She’s a sweet person and an amazing chef! As a TEAM missionary in the Philippines, I wanted to learn some local recipes, so she graciously let me hover over her shoulder with my notebook while she cooked.

Menudo has become one of my favorite meals to make and share with others in any country because it’s so tasty and brings to mind so many good memories of the places and people here in the Philippines.

Here’s my family’s favorite way to eat menudo!


  • 1 lb pork, cut into chunks
  • 3 small-medium potatoes, cut into chunks (about 1½ cups)
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into chunks (about ½ cup)
  • 1 small onion, chopped (½ cup)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced (around 1tsp)
  • About 200 grams of frozen peas (7 oz)
  • 1 small red pepper, cut into chunks (½ cup)
  • 1 pork bouillon cube
  • Soy sauce, salt and pepper to taste
  • 200 grams of tomato sauce (7 oz)
  • 1-2 bay leaves


1. Season pork with soy sauce, salt and pepper, to taste. Let sit for about 20 minutes.

Recipe for Menudo

2. Saute onion and garlic in oil briefly. Add pork and stir. Cover and allow to cook over low heat until mostly browned, stirring occasionally.

Recipe for Menudo

3. Stir in bay leaves and bouillon. Stir in tomato sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to boil, stirring regularly.

Recipe for Menudo

4. After a few minutes, add potatoes and carrots. Add water as needed to get the liquid about ¾ of the way to the top of the stew. Stir and cover.

Recipe for Menudo

5. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally. When carrots and potatoes are almost tender, add peas and red pepper.

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6. Simmer until completely cooked.

Recipe for Menudo

7. Serve over rice and enjoy!

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About the author

Laura O'Day

Laura lives in Manila, Philippines, with her husband and two kiddos, where her husband teaches high school at Faith Academy. Laura spends most of her time chasing children or teaching and learning languages. To relax, she enjoys reading recipe books for new ideas to try out on her ever-patient family.


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  • Making this again tonight – it is delicious! Even the picky kids likes it! And I love how quick and easy it is – with things I have on hand! Thanks for a great, easy recipe!

  • As a foodie, I love exploring different recipes from around the world, and this recipe for Menudo from the Philippines sounds absolutely delicious! It’s always great to learn about local recipes and I appreciate the author sharing their personal experience of learning this dish from a friend. I can’t wait to try making this dish and enjoy it with some rice. Thanks for sharing!

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