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Old 11-04-2012, 02:53 PM   #1
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ISO - Tripas (intestines) Recipe

I like trying new things and sometimes I just go to the store and buy random stuff. Yesterday I bought some meat that had "Tripas small intestines" written on it. I couldn't find a really good complete recipe for tripas that included how to clean it. So, this is what I did:

I rinsed it off, put it in a pot of water, brought it to a full boil, then reduced the heat and let it simmer for 3 hours. After that I put it in the refrigerator.

In the water that it was simmering in, it produced a lot of fat at the top and the soup was at the bottom. When I got off of work today, I saw that my wife had chopped up the tripas and put it in a bowl. She removed all the fat from the soup and put it in a separate bowl and then, of course, the soup itself was in a separate bowl. I bought some other stuff too when I was at the grocery store buying the tripas. I bought tomatoes, ground beef, fresh chives, bay leaves, cayenne pepper, habanero peppers, salsa, avocados, and corn tortillas.

My question to all of you expert chefs is what super delicious easy recipe(s) do you know of in which I can use the tripas, the fat from the tripas, and the soup from the tripas? It does not have to be one recipe but as long as I use the each of them in some way. I would throw out the soup and fat but I read on one site that there are ways to use it, I think. Please keep in mind that I am a man and a super novice at cooking so excuse my ignorance here. My wife works the night shift so I have a bit until I need to be finished cooking this. Thank you!

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Old 11-04-2012, 03:17 PM   #2
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Welcome to DC :) Is it lamb, pork or beef tripe? We mainly eat the lamb tripe and we curry it with Cape Malay spices. Our tripe dishes include the trotters, stomach, head etc.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:22 PM   #3
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I like trying new things and sometimes I just go to the store and buy random stuff. Yesterday I bought some meat that had "Tripas small intestines" written on it...

This is confusing. Tripe is stomach, not intestines. Tripe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:31 PM   #4
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This is confusing. Tripe is stomach, not intestines. Tripe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I was confused too. Tripas is not actually tripe, it's small intestines.
Not the same but I guess some recipes would work for both.

In SA they sell the honeycomb tripe along with intestines and all the bits.
Must admit if I don't curry it or make brawn I can't stomach it
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:40 PM   #5
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Sounds like you have all the Ingredients for Tacos de tripas. It's popular in Mexico. tried to post a link but my PC is not responding.
You can google it. There's a nice looking recipe on bigoven.com
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I fixed the title after messing it up.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:47 PM   #7
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I fixed the title after messing it up.
Had to read this post about 10 times before it made sense
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:31 PM   #8
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Is it lamb, pork or beef tripe?
It is beef tripas not tripe though. Initially, I was just as confused as you all are. Lol

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Sounds like you have all the Ingredients for Tacos de tripas. It's popular in Mexico. tried to post a link but my PC is not responding.
You can google it. There's a nice looking recipe on bigoven.com
I have that recipe now, thank you.

A couple of more questions, please:

1. Should I add ground beef to the tacos since I have a feel that they will have spongy feel to them when I chew them?

2. Instead of the ingredients posted, can I just use: tomatoes, salsa, habanero peppers, spinach, onions, and avocados ?

3. What do I do with the fresh chives I bought?

4. What do I do with the soup of tripas? What about the fat skimmed from that soup?

http://www.bigoven.com/recipe/161179...pa-tripe-tacos
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:07 PM   #9
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Now that you have boiled the Tripas fry them up in some of the fat until they are crisp. Season with salt and serve with beer.


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Old 11-04-2012, 05:22 PM   #10
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Thanks, powerplantop. I don't drink commercial alcohol but I do have some recipes that I need to try for brewing my own beer. :)

About the fat, considering what you are recommending above, I think that I can just set the fat aside in a container and use it whenever a recipe calls for fat. Just like I do with bacon or pork when it sweats fat oil in the skillet. Correct?

I still don't know what I do with the fresh chives and the soup from the tripas. I ask about the chives because I don't know how to use them but I ask about the soup of the tripas because I honestly don't know if I cleaned them correctly. If not then who knows what is in that soup. I didn't simmer them for three hours like I wrote above so all the bad stuff probably is all dead by now...
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