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Menudo Style Tripe Soup

4 pounds cleaned tripe, cut into large chunks

½ cup white vinegar

1 Tbs salt, or more to taste

1 Tbs chili powder

½ Tbs cumin

½ Tbs oregano

½ Tbs garlic

¼ tsp cayenne (optional)

1-2 bay leaves

Water, as needed

If your tripe is not clean, boil tripe for 30-45 minutes in a large pot and then drain out the water.

Put tripe back into the pot and add in remaining ingredients.

Fill pot with double the amount of water as there is tripe.

Let ingredients come to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Check the consistency after 2 hours. If it is still chewy and you want it soft, continue cooking.

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Tamales

Tamale:

12 ounces cooked chicken, seasoned

1 whole egg

2 ounces tallow or fat of choice, melted

¼ tsp baking soda

 

Filling:

Use your own combination of sliced cheeses and already cooked meats. Ex: sliced steak, sliced chorizo sausage, chicken fajitas, etc.

Shredded cheese and crumbled meats do not work well with this recipe, they just make a big mess, but if you cook your ground beef into a patty that works a lot better.

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In your blender or food processor add chicken & baking soda and begin to blend with melted tallow.

Add in the egg while the blender is on.

Let your “dough” chill covered in the fridge until firm. (About 1-2 hours, or overnight)

 

Using a large piece of parchment paper, spread half of the batter in the middle in a rectangle shape about 1 inch thick.

Layer your slice of cheese and sliced meat in the center of the batter.

Using the parchment paper, carefully wrap the meat and cheese with the batter. Folding the parchment into the shape of your fillings. Fold in the last 2 flaps underneath the tamale to hold it closed.

Place on a sheet pan and bake for about 20 minutes. Let cool 3-5 minutes and unwrap the parchment paper.

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Chicken Taco Soup

1-2 servings

6-8 ounces cooked chicken, shredded or diced

18-20 ounces beef or chicken broth

2 tsp vinegar

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp hot sauce (optional)

1 tsp garlic 

½ tsp oregano

½ tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a pot and let simmer for at least 20 minutes.

If you want to use raw chicken, dice it up and cook the same way, except let simmer for at least 30-40 minutes instead. You can even use bone in chicken for more flavor. If using bone in chicken, it will taste best if you let simmer for closer to an hour.

You can also throw this all in the slow cooker and let it go on low for the day, 4-8 hours.

Feel free to top this off with shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, or even pork rinds for crunch!