Slow Cooker Ground Pork or Beef Menudo


The classic Filipino stew, Menudo, is made with ground meat for a flavorful dish made easily in the slow cooker! Loaded with vegetables and simmered in a perfectly seasoned tomato sauce the whole family will enjoy this!


It’s been a while since I posted a Filipino recipe so I thought that I will share one today. This is one of my family’s favorites. It’s a staple in our house because it’s pretty easy to make and always comes out flavorful.

I’ve been making this for many years as this dish has always been in my recipe vault, as it were. It may be, as my husband would say “A classic from the attic or a spin from the bin” but the taste and flavors in this dish are timeless! 🙂

Instead of the usual pork chunks used in the regular Menudo, here I used ground pork – they cook quicker and absorb the flavors in less time. Apart from the meat, pretty much all of the usual Menudo ingredients are present…

Well, I added some boiled eggs but these are not part of the actual recipe so feel free to omit them. They are a good accompaniment though so I often add these when I make the ground pork or beef menudo version.

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Slow Cooker Ground Pork and Beef Menudo

The classic Filipino stew, Menudo, is made with ground meat for a flavorful dish made easily in the slow cooker! Loaded with vegetables and simmered in a perfectly seasoned tomato sauce the whole family will enjoy this!

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Filipino, South East Asian
Keyword menudo giniling, slow cooker ground beef menudo, slow cooker ground meat menudo, slow cooker ground pork menudo
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 8
Calories 360 kcal
Author Manila Spoon

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 lb ground Pork or ground Beef
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 8 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large Onion chopped
  • 4 Plum tomatoes, diced
  • 3 tbsp Fish sauce
  • 1 cup Beef broth beef broth
  • 3 red skin Potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and diced the size same as potatoes
  • 1/2 Ketchup or Tomato Sauce, (see notes)
  • 1 red Bell Pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup Raisins
  • A little brown sugar, to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a deep pan. Brown the minced or ground meat. Season with salt. Once the meat has browned, add garlic and onion and saute for another couple of minutes. Transfer to the slow cooker.

  2. Add the following ingredients – tomatoes, fish sauce, beef both, potatoes and carrots – to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 5 hours or on high for 3 hours or until the potatoes and carrots are tender.

  3. Pour in the ketchup or tomato sauce and add in the chopped red bell pepper and raisins. Stir to mix everything well and cook for 30-minutes to 1 hour until the peppers are tender but not mushy. If you find the sauce to be a little tart, sprinkle a little brown sugar to balance the flavors. Adjust the seasoning to taste. Serve with jasmine rice.

Recipe Notes

TIPS & TRICKS

If you don’t fancy fish sauce, you can use soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or salt instead (just adjust it to your taste). Note though that it’s more flavorful with the Fish sauce or Worcestershire Sauce. If you use Worcestershire Sauce, the taste will be slightly different than when you use fish sauce (my first preference) but it will be flavorful. This is just another option for those who don’t like Fish sauce.

In the Philippines, my mom would use Del Monte Ketchup (slightly sweeter than the American Ketchup). When we use this we don’t need to add brown sugar because the ketchup is already quite sweet.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Ground Pork and Beef Menudo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 944mg41%
Potassium 951mg27%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 12642IU253%
Vitamin C 37mg45%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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3 Comments

  1. Hayley
    August 27, 2022 / 6:10 pm

    Is it 1/2 cup of tomato or ketchup? It only says 1/2.

    • abigail
      Author
      August 27, 2022 / 8:26 pm

      The recipe says 1/2 cup ketchup or tomato sauce so it’s up to you which one you prefer to use. Please see notes below the recipe. You can use either but they both should measure 1/2 cup.

    • Pam
      August 27, 2022 / 9:46 pm

      I asked this on FB, too. Saw the same. Glad I know now.

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