Instant Pot Menudo

red soup with tortillas, beef chunks and spices

Instant Pot Menudo is a popular Mexican dish that uses beef tripe as the main ingredient. It's simple to make, and literally takes just 15 minutes of time!

red soup with tortillas, beef chunks and spices

The flavors are rich and strong and are the ultimate comfort food in a bowl. The soup texture is quite hearty due to the larger pieces of meat that are found within.

If you're wanting to introduce a new taste and flavor to the family, this is the best recipe to accomplish just that! It's one of those dishes that everyone is going to want more of!

The other really fun part of making this Menudo recipe is that it's up to everyone how to enjoy it. Some like to add crackers or tortilla chips while others may add a bit of sour cream and shredded cheese. The options are endless!

Why This Recipe Works 

Typically, cooking Menudo would take quite a bit of time because the cooking process for the tripe (or belly) takes time. But this is where the Instant Pot comes into play.

This stew recipe is cooked in no time at all - making it the perfect dish for a quick weeknight dinner or meal. It's a flavor that everyone is going to love!

  • It's full of authentic Mexican flavor!
  • This recipe has the perfect texture of soup and stew.
  • Making one batch of this simple Menudo recipe will leave plenty for leftovers.

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Recipe Ingredients

ingredients needed to make Instant Pot Menudo

Beef belly - This is the star of the show. Using beef belly or beef tripe is a rich addition with a tougher texture. It's supposed to have some chew to it.

Ancho dried chili- Adding this gives a mild spiciness to the menudo and enhances the overall flavor of the dish. It is the most common type of chili used in Mexican dishes.

Guajillo dried chili- This is another very famous kind of chili in Mexican cuisine and is widely used in salads, salsas, tacos, and various meat dishes. Guajillo chili is considered to have a moderate level of spice.

Garlic cloves - Fresh garlic cloves work best but garlic powder could be used as an option, too.

Onion- Sweet onions would add a delicious texture and taste and pair well with the strong seasonings.

Avocado oil - You can also use coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil as well.

Water - Added to help thin out the consistency.

Chicken seasonings - This would be similar to a bouillon seasoning. 

Bay leaves - Added for flavoring - do not eat. 

Corn - Adding the corn gives texture and sweetness naturally to the dish. 

How to make Instant Pot Menudo

Gather all the ingredients required for the recipe - don't leave out any of the spices as they're important for creating the flavor to pair with the texture.

Step One: Add avocado oil and ½ of the onion to the instant pot and saute at high for 5 minutes.

Step Two: Put the garlic cloves into the instant pot.

Step Three: Add the dried ancho chilies.

Step Four: Add dried guajillo chilies and add the water into the Instant Pot.

Step Five: Add chicken seasoning and cook.

Step Six: Take out the cooked chilies and blend them in a blender. Add onion, garlic and some sauce.

Step Seven: Pour the blended paste back into the instant pot and add the bay leaves.

Step Eight: Put beef belly \ tripe into the Instant Pot.

Step Nine: Add corn into the mixture.

Step Ten: Add some salt, put on the Instant Pot lid, and cook at high pressure for 25 minutes.

Wait for a natural pressure release (or for at least 20 minutes).

Dish out and enjoy!


Add more heat - If you want to make this Mexican stew really hot, go for it. You can add in chili powder, chili flakes, or even add some fresh jalapeno peppers to the blender and add.

Change up the meat - While tripe is how you would make this dish authentic, you can easily add other meats and get some of that same flavor and taste. My Instant Pot Ground Turkey would be delicious as well.

Helpful Tips

  • Canned corn or fresh corn will work for this recipe.
  • The tripe is supposed to be tough - so don't try to add any cooking time to this recipe as it won't tenderize the meat.
  • If you want to serve over Instant Pot Coconut Rice, it's a great way to add even more texture and taste.

How to Serve 

Once it's done cooking in the Instant Pot, you just dish it into a bowl and enjoy. It's just that simple to do!

Menudo can also be served with some toasted and crispy tortillas or bread. You can have it for lunch or dinner or heat it up for a midnight snack.

Recipe FAQs

Is Menudo good for hangovers?

Since this is a good source of Vitamin B, it can be helpful to eat after a long night out. It's a great way to fuel your body and add nutrients and benefits, too.

Is Menudo healthy to eat?

Yes, it's a healthier alternative to eat than many other options. It's a great way to add vitamins to your daily diet.

Does tripe have a smell? How do you get the smell out of tripe?

If you notice a scent in the tripe, there are options that can help.

Soak the beef tripe overnight, and then wash it with vinegar. This trick really helps to get the smell out.

Moreover, if you'll follow this recipe and cook it properly the smell will be masked by the aroma and flavors of other ingredients.

What's the difference between Pozole and Menudo?

The main difference between the two is that Menudo is made with beef, and Pozole is made using pork. I have an amazing Instant Pot Pozole recipe, too!

More Instant Pot Beef Recipes

If you're like me, you love cooking beef in the Instant Pot. I've gathered up some of my other favorite beef recipes that I think you'll love as well.

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red soup with tortillas, beef chunks and spices

Instant Pot Menudo

Instant Pot Menudo is a simple and hearty stew recipe that is full of authentic Mexican flavor.
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Course: Brunch, dinner, Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beef belly, Beef Stew, beef tripe, Instant Pot Menudo, mexican, one-pot meals, Soups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Corrie


  • 2 tablespoon avocado oil
  • ½ onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 dried ancho chilies
  • 5 dried guajillo chilies
  • 10 cups water
  • 4 tablespoon chicken seasonings
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 lb beef belly or beef tripe
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  • Saute the onion in avocado oil for 5 minutes in the instant pot.
  • Add the garlic cloves, ancho chile guajillo chilies, water and chicken seasonings and cook.
  • Take out the cooked ingredients including ancho and guajillo chilies and blend them in a blender. Don't forget to add some sauce.
  • Pour the blended paste into the Instant Pot. Add the bay leaves in it, and put in the beef belly.
  • Add 1 cup of corn and salt to it. Put on the lid and cook for 25 minutes at high pressure.
  • When cooking time is complete, wait for a natural pressure release.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 476kcal Carbohydrates: 50g Protein: 8g Fat: 32g Saturated Fat: 4g Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Monounsaturated Fat: 21g Sodium: 7111mg Potassium: 552mg Fiber: 7g Sugar: 10g Vitamin A: 840IU Vitamin C: 16mg Calcium: 268mg Iron: 7mg



  • Make sure to follow the cooking time as mentioned in the recipe so that the beef is neither undercooked nor over tender.
  • You can also use the honeycomb tripe for the recipe if you like it more.
  • Canned corn or fresh corn will work for this recipe.
  • The tripe is supposed to be tough - so don't try to add any cooking time to this recipe as it won't tenderize the meat.
  • If you want to serve over Instant Pot Coconut Rice, it's a great way to add even more texture and taste.
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