Mondongo Colombiano (Pork, Tripe and Chorizo Soup)

by Erica Dinho on May 17, 2010

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Mondongo con aguacate

Mondongo Colombiano, which is pork, tripe and chorizo soup, is served in every traditional Colombian restaurant. It is a hearty soup and a signature dish in every home in the Andean zone of Colombia. My grandmother used to make the best Mondongo I’ve ever had!

To make Colombian Mondongo, a variety of meats and vegetables are cooked together until everything in the pot is fork tender. Tripe is the main meat in the dish and it is balanced with lean pork and pieces of chorizo, which are used for rich flavor. Mondongo is a complete meal, accompanied by white rice, avocado, banana and drizzled with lime juice.

Traditionally, the tripe is cooked in a pressure cooker, which cooks the tripe faster, in about 45 minutes. If you don’t have one, simmer for a couple of hours in a normal pot.

Buen Provecho!

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Ingredients

(6- 8 Servings)

  • 1 pound beef tripe (mondongo), cut into small pieces
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 pounds pork meat, cut into small pieces
  • 3 Colombian chorizos, sliced
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup white onion, chopped
  • 4 small potatoes, diced
  • 1 pound yuca, diced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon achiote
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • water

Mondongo

Directions

  1. Wash the tripe with warm water and rub with lime juice. In a large pot combine the tripe, baking soda, and enough water to cover the tripe by 2 inches.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until the tripe is very tender, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours or 45 minutes if using a pressure cooker. Drain the tripe and discard the water.
  3. In a large pot, place the cooked tripe, pork meat, chorizos, tomato, scallions, onion, garlic, cumin and achiote. Add enough water to cover.
  4. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer slowly. For about 45 minutes. Add the yuca, cilantro and potatoes. Cook for 30 minutes more.
  5. Ladle into bowls, and garnish with additional fresh cilantro and lime wedges. Serve with white rice, avocado, banana and hot sauce(ají) on the side.
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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa May 17, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Oh, I LOVE mondongo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the recipe!!!!!!

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2 Tangled Noodle May 17, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Although I’ve never had this dish, I know I would love it! It reminds me of some of my tripe dishes. When you buy your tripe, do you have to ‘clean’ it or prepare it in any other way before actually cooking it?

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3 Erica May 17, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Tangled Noodle- You have to wash it with warm water and I rub lime juice all over the tripe.

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4 norma May 17, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Erica, I rememeber going out on a Friday night and then eating mondongo on saturday to give you energy from the night before. We used to call it “levanta muertos”…..Wish I had a plate right now!

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5 anncoo May 17, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Love the colors, looks so delicious! We used to have tripe in stew Chinese cooking.

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6 Mariana @ History of Greek Food May 17, 2010 at 10:32 AM

There are many ways to enjoy tripe in Greece and one of them is patsa, a tripe soup which is the perfect hangover fix. There are many patsa restaurants serving it from the night to the morning (never during the day) and they have big signs on the windows that announce WE SERVE PATSA.
Your version sounds utterly delicious… I would like very much to try it.

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7 Sarah Naveen May 17, 2010 at 10:45 AM

New recipe..looks so yummy!!

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8 Joan Nova May 17, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Tripe is not for everyone…but for me, si, sí, sí! I love mondongo and yours looks delicious. Great photos with this one too.

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9 Erica May 17, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Joan- You are right…tripe is not for everyone!!!! Thank you!

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10 Barbara May 17, 2010 at 1:08 PM

I’ve never had mondongo, but I’d love to try it. Your soup has a marvelous combination of flavors.

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11 rebecca subbiah May 17, 2010 at 2:24 PM

great soup tripe is common in NW England never tried it though texture put me of!

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12 Baking is my Zen May 17, 2010 at 3:26 PM

My dear, tripe is not for this chick either. But, the soup without it must be good.

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13 Sandra G. May 17, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Erica I Make Mondongo The Dominican And Peruvian way, Now I’m Going to try The Colombian Way, It Looks Delicious!

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14 Erica May 17, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Thank you guys for visiting and for your comments!

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15 ruth May 17, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Thats it! Cant take it anymore, either I go to your house for dinner or to Colombia on my next holiday! These recipes are incredible! Love chorizo, love tripe, just so drooling here!!

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16 grace May 17, 2010 at 4:54 PM

tripe scares me a little bit, but my love for chorizo can overpower it. great soup!

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17 Faith May 17, 2010 at 5:26 PM

I’ve never had tripe but my hubby loves it. I should make this for him!

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18 Tangled Noodle May 17, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Thank you for the tip, Erica! (And correction on my original comment: I meant to say “my FAVORITE tripe dishes” – I’ve never made any before but want to!)

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19 Juliana May 17, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Oh! I love tripes, but my husband will not go for it…your dish looks delicious, so so tasty :-)

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20 tasteofbeirut May 17, 2010 at 5:49 PM

sounds delicious Erica! I have not used tripe yet, but have heard how good it tastes many times from Mexican friends!

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21 Bo May 17, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Erica…this looks great…but I just cannot eat tripe…it gives me the creeps…lol

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22 Erica May 17, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Thank you everyone!

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23 Chris May 17, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Alexis would divorce me if I tried to bring tripe into the house. Bad memories from her childhood, ha ha.

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24 Kim May 17, 2010 at 11:30 PM

I’ve never had tripe before, but would love to try it if someone prepared it for me this way, as you’ve done here.

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25 Oysterculture May 18, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Now I have to get my hands on some tripe – your soups are always amazing and this one looks as delicious as all the rest.

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26 Maria May 21, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Yes, not everyone will go for tripe but I will! I’ve always enjoyed it the “Greek” way though so this looks so different in flavor and fantastic! I’ve heard of the Dominican version but have never gotten to taste that either … will have to try Mondongo soon!

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27 Amanda May 31, 2010 at 4:34 PM

This looks absolutely delicious! I will make this. Now, one of the garnishes you mentioned banana. Is that just a regular banana, peeled on the side with the avocado and lime?

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28 Erica May 31, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Amanda- Yes, a regular banana.

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29 Edgar La Rotta September 4, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Hi, we have a dish in colombia Norte de Santander and Santander States (Cúcuta and Bucaramanga) called MUTE, with mondongo (Tripe), but i don´t know if “Tripe” is the internal piece of cow stomach, or intestine??? i need to know. Thanks

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30 michelle November 6, 2010 at 10:22 AM

i love your site because my husband is colombian and all his family is in colombia, and i can learn how to make colombian food from you, Right now i am making mondongo soup, for the first time, my husband said he loves this soup, so we will see how it goes, ill write back and tell you if he and our children like it. thankyou very much

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31 Mike March 29, 2011 at 5:41 PM

I’ve eaten tripe in many ways. I’m Puerto Rican so we eat our fair share of mondongo. When I went to Medellin, Colombia I loved the way they served their mondongo. Rice, avocado, lime and don’t forget the arepas. Simply delicious. Dios bendiga Colombia!!!!

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32 Ashley January 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I am so excited to find your blog! My fiance is paisa and I have learned to cook a lot of his dishes. Mondongo is one of his favorites. Looking forward to reading your recipes!

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33 Andrea July 25, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Erica,
I’m making Mondongo tonight and the smell is DELICIOUS!!! My husband is coming home from a long trip and I’m surprising him with this amazing soup.
Thanks for sharing. Love your website!

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34 Jessica August 25, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I completely adore you and thoroughly enjoy your recipes! My parents are Colombian and I love keeping in touch with my roots.

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35 lia liyelcy sanchez herandez November 11, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Que bueno me quedo el mio….!

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36 Ana Frye August 31, 2013 at 1:14 PM

I’m so excited!! its been at least 13 yrs since i last had mondongo!! looking forward to making this at home and my husband trying out one of my favorite foods of my childhood! Thank you Erica!!

Question:
I dont eat pork at all (allergic), what other type of meat can i use in substitution?

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