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How to Make Tacos de Tripitas/Comó hacer tacos de Tripitas.


Tacos de tripita4I’ve been walking around in circles thinking about posting this recipe, I know that this is a very well-known type of taco in certain areas of my home country, and that a lot of people (like me) absolutely love them, but then again most of the traffic this website receives is from non-Mexicans who probably think that eating this type of meat is disgusting. Believe me, I though the same thing when I learned about the ingredients that make a regular hot dog, or the famous “chicken strips,” which are made out of a lot of things, except chicken. Still, I like hotdogs once in a while.These tacos are another favorite at home, when Friday night turns into taco night, and yes, my teenage son loves them too.
If you have not tried “tripitas” before, you are in for a surprising treat, they are soft on the inside, crispy on the outside,  and unbelievable delicious. So, what are you waiting for?


So for those daredevil food connoisseurs, here is the recipe:

This recipe makes about 12 tacos using regular 6” corn tortillas

4 Pounds of small beef intestines (tripe)
Enough water to cover the “tripitas” to cook in a large pot
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
Corn Tortillas
1 white onion finely chopped
1 bunch of cilantro finely chopped
Salsa of your choice , click HERE for salsa recipes.
Salt to taste

NOTES: 
Tripitas will reduce their size a lot when cooking, buy 1 pound per person or serving. Yes, it sounds like a lot but one pound will render just 3 regular tacos, so think ahead before planning to cook them.

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Fill a large pot with water and turn the heat to about medium high
2. Thoroughly clean and rinse the tripe. Do this step very quickly: if you leave it too long in the water you will have rubbery tripitas as an end result.  Drain well. The tripitas sold in USA supermarkets are usually sold clean but a little rinse doesn’t hurt.
3. Simmer the tripitas in the covered pot for 30 minutes in a medium heat. They should be soft when ready. Let them cool,  a layer of fat will form in the surface of the broth. Remove the fat. Drain the tripitas in paper towels and cut in small bite size, about 1 inch long.
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4. Now, in a skillet, place about 2 tablespoons of oil. When it gets hot enough place the tripitas and fry for about 8 to 10 minutes until they are golden outside but still soft on the inside. If you leave them longer they will be hard.
Serve in tacos with warm corn tortillas. Garnish with onion, cilantro and a spicy salsa. Season with salt.
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Have you tried these tacos before? If so, what do you think about them? Do you like them?

Provecho!
Mely




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32 comments:

  1. Hay Mely se me ha hecho agua la boca, que rico a mi me encantan los taquitos de tripitas, son una de mis debilidades, besitos linda semana.

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  2. I LOVE tacos de tripas! I haven't had any good ones since moving to Nevada.

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  3. Me encantan los tacos de tripita grasias por la receta !

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  4. Some people in my country eat fish tripe taken from the skipjack tuna. But as you say its not everyone's cup of tea. But I think these kind of posts is a way of showing others different and new kinds of food.

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    1. Fish tripe, that is sometime I would love to try. Mely

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    2. I ate fish guts for several years when I was stationed in Japan. They were salted and at the time I thought they were squid legs. Turns out they were intestines and they were great with cold beer or with sake.

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    3. Hello Charlie Sommers,
      Now, I want to try Fish guts with a cold beer too.

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  5. Ay Mely, tripas para mi no! Este post es más bien cultural, a mi no me gustan las tripas pero se que los tacos de tripas son un alimento muy deseado y apreciado por muchos y es una recta que muestra un poco la cultura culinaria del pueblo. Felicidades para los que les gusta disfrutarlos, yo prefiero los tacos de adobada, aunque la foto se ve tentadora.

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  6. I have a cousin whose mother-in-law still makes these. I haven't been able to try them yet, but I do want to eat them after they're made by someone who knows what they're doing before trying it myself. That way I'll feel as if I gave it a fair shot.

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    1. I do hope you try them. You are the unadventurous type.
      Mely

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  7. Awesome, thank you for the step by step instructions, I LOVE tripas, sometimes even with out the tortilla, mmmmm. I remember when my dad used to make them in "el disco" outside, ohhhh yum!! Great memories! Thanks again!

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  8. It took a little getting used to, but I can now eat yummy tripas tacos. And washing them thoroughly is very important.

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    1. Yes, washing them if very important. I am glad you like them Sandra.
      Mely

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  9. Hey Mely! Congrats on the interview with NBCLatino. Excellent interview and awesome picture of you. I like tacos, but tacos de tripas, ayeeeee! :) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  10. Can I just express how happy I am to have found your blog!! Thanks for all the great Authentic recipes. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks Angela,

      You are very kind. I will do my best to keep it up. Still have so many recipes to post.
      Mely

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  11. Mely,
    primero lo primero: la dueña del blog eres tu y tu pones todas las recetas que se te antojan.
    Segundo, nomas viendo los tacos me dio un hambre tremenda, qué cosa mas rica.
    Tendré que preguntar a mi carnicero porque en general las tripas se encuentran sin problemas pero no de este tipo.

    Un abrazo!
    Tlaz

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    1. Gracias querido Falvio.
      Ojala las encuentres, saben tan ricas.

      Saludos amigo,

      Mely

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  12. Andrew Zimmern is eating barbecued goat intestines on a reservation in Arizona and finds a goat "pellet" still in there.

    Zimmern: "Looks like you still got a bullet in the chamber."
    Lady: "Oh yeah, that gives it more flavor."
    Zimmern: "...you only live once." [scarfs it down] "Kinda salty."

    Wash your tripas.

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    1. Yes, wash them!!! Common sense is a most when cooking, we do not want anyone to get sick. :)


      Thanks for stopping by.


      Mely

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  13. I married into a Mexican family and I am always looking for authentic recipes for things not Americanized versions. So I can surprise my husband with that I cooked something from his country. This is something he loves to have every once in a while.

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    1. So glad you enjoy your husband cooking.

      Mely

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  14. I married into a Mexican family and I am always looking for real authentic recipes not americanized versions. I like to surprise my husband that I cooked something from his country. He has made these before and I loved them.

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  15. Hola Mely

    Qué ricos tacos, me encantan!!!!

    Yo probé unos en Cd. Valles con una salsa picada que llevaba vinagre, rábano, chile, pepino.. etc.

    Q bueno que consigues por allá las tripitas mmmm

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  16. Hola Mely Yo soy nueva en esta pagina y me encanta.... Tienes unas recetas super antojables!!!!! Ya he probado los tacos de tripitas alla en Chicago... Tengo viviendo 8 años aca en Nebraska y lamentablemente para mi familia y Yo no venden comida Mexicana... Pero gracias a tu pagina ya he preparado varias y estan para chuparse los dedos me encantaria probar esta, asi que deseame suerte!!!! Gracias!!!!!!

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    1. Hola Oscar,

      Espero te queden deliciosas, y muchisimas gracias por visitar y dejar comentarios.

      Saludos,

      Mely

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  17. I am so thank full you posted this recipe!!! I'm a Mexican who doesn't know how to cook Mexican food very well lol!

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  18. I haven't had this in years and didn't know how to cook them!!!

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  19. Gracias port la recta, I grew up eating this at restaurants and taquerias, i remember my uncle making these on summer days along with carnitas and Chicharrones at family gatherings thank you for sharing I will try making them this week end

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  20. Thank you!!!! My fiance loves this and now I can give it a try so he can have it at home!

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  21. From Southern Cali here, but have been transferring due to the military so havent had all my favorite dishes I'm spoiled to. Your site is awesome and has given me receipes like menudo to make TY!. I've been cooking Mexican food since I was 11 and learned this through my BF and her family. But, since being transferred from Hawaii to North Carolina its been very hard to find the little hole in the wall with Authentic recipes. Thank goodness I know how to make my own Carne Asada lol but at any rate I am wondering if you have any great recipes for Gorditas and also how to make Concha's for dessert to go with my Lecha con Cafe which has been a fave of mine and I miss them dearly..

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    1. Hello Motherslove,

      I will be publishing the gorditas and conchas recipes in the following weeks. Thank you for your patience.

      Saludos!

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