Menudo is touted for it's ability to help cure a hangover. This is due to its high Vitamin B content. I'm guessing that the chile-laden broth probably aids in helping you sweat it out a bit, too. Whether that's a Mexican urban legend or not, I don't know. But ask any Mexican you know how to cure a hangover, and menudo will be the answer. Alongside a big glass of water for hydration, it definitely couldn't hurt. Or you could choose to go hair of the dog. You know, if that's more your style.
But that's not the only reason that people love menudo. It's actually a pretty common breakfast food in Mexico, though in some parts of the country, it goes by the name mondongo. B vitamins are good for every body (not just the ones nursing a hangover). You'd know it's true if you ever saw menudo on day two, after it's taken out of the fridge. It's like a bowl full of meat jelly studded with tripe and bones. Mmmm...
And still in the spirit of truth - I don't even like it that much. I try, but I just don't. I do it for my husband. He loves it. He was born and raised in Mexico. You should see him and his dad go to town on it. Many people remove the bones and cartilage and fat once it's done cooking - but at their request, I do not. Those are their favorite parts.
Hey, if they're happy, I'm happy. Who knows, maybe one day I'll grow to love it. Of course, after 15 years of trying to already, maybe I won't. But that won't stop me from making my yearly pot of menudo for my loved ones to enjoy.
10-Minute Shrimp and Tortilla Soup will kick the hangover right out of you, as well. Or at least make you forget about it, due to its insane heat (it's also ridiculously delicious).
If you're looking for more Mexican soup recipes, why not check out this Sopa de Lima, this Caldo de Camaron y Pescado, this Tortilla Soup, or this Caldo Tlalpeño. And if you're looking for more International soup recipes in general, check out the options listed below the Menudo recipe from the other Saturday Soup Swappers!
More International Soup Recipes from the Saturday #SoupSwappers, a group of bloggers swapping soup recipes on the third Saturday of every month, created by Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm, and hosted this month by Kathy at A Spoonful of Thyme: