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

Manila Spoon
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!
4.72 from 28 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Filipino, South East Asian
Servings 8
Calories 360 kcal


  • 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 cup Ketchup or Tomato Sauce, (see notes)
  • 1 red Bell Pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup Raisins
  • A little brown sugar, to taste (optional)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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.


Calories: 360kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 26gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 944mgPotassium: 951mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 12642IUVitamin C: 37mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 4mg
Keyword menudo giniling, slow cooker ground beef menudo, slow cooker ground meat menudo, slow cooker ground pork menudo
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Last updated on February 23rd, 2024 at 05:30 pm



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

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

    • abigail
      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.

  2. Bobbi
    October 30, 2022 / 5:55 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe. A new favorite for us! Thank you!

    • abigail
      October 31, 2022 / 6:34 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this and thanks for letting us know.

  3. November 2, 2022 / 12:50 pm

    5 stars
    Made this last night and it was so warm and comforting! Absolutely delicious.

    • abigail
      November 2, 2022 / 4:09 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this! Thank you for letting us know!

  4. Mama Em
    February 1, 2023 / 3:09 pm

    5 stars
    This Menudo recipe is delicious and easy to make. I didn’t make any changes. I used ground pork, American ketchup and put some brown sugar. My American husband ate it over cornbread, and he said it was really good. My Filipino mom ate hers with rice and she also said it was really good. Everyone who ate it, just raved about it. This is totally a keeper. I ended up buying the Rice Noodle Yum cookbook. I like the that you have a quick guide to ingredients and helpful tools for Asian cooking. Also, the easy-to-follow step-by step instructions. Please make a Filipino cookbook. I’m definitely a fan and I’d buy that cookbook as well. Thank you.

    • abigail
      February 1, 2023 / 9:46 pm

      Mama Em! You totally made my day! This is such sweet feedback and thank you so much for kindly getting back to us and letting us know. I truly appreciate it and am so glad you enjoyed this menudo. I am seriously considering writing another cookbook and hopefully a Filipino one this time. Will keep you posted. Thank you so much!

  5. Quynh
    June 1, 2023 / 9:33 am

    5 stars
    So delicious! I’m always on the lookout for new slow cooker recipes. Definitely saving this one to make again.

  6. Andrea
    June 1, 2023 / 10:21 am

    5 stars
    This hearty, comforting and flavorful menudo sounds fantastic. I can’t wait to dig into a big bowl of this.

  7. Amanda Wren-Grimwood
    June 1, 2023 / 10:31 am

    5 stars
    Made this yesterday and everyone devoured it. It’s great to use mince in a different way and it was easy to leave it in the slow cooker until dinner time.

  8. Beth
    June 1, 2023 / 10:57 am

    5 stars
    This is delicious. I love the flavors, and it’s so easy in the slow cooker. I never had menudo before, but I’m so glad I tried it!

  9. Maggie
    June 1, 2023 / 1:44 pm

    This stew looks so flavorful and so delicious. Must give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Elizabeth
    June 1, 2023 / 3:10 pm

    5 stars
    Great recipe!! So excited to make this for the family to try. I love all the detailed instructions. ♥

  11. Carrie Robinson
    June 1, 2023 / 4:14 pm

    5 stars
    This looks a lot like American chili! 🙂 The perfect bowl of hearty comfort food.

  12. Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    June 1, 2023 / 4:36 pm

    5 stars
    This was amazing and such a treat! Thank you! Everyone in my family loved it.

  13. Nancy
    June 1, 2023 / 5:00 pm

    5 stars
    Just started exploring Filipino cuisine and this recipe is solid.

  14. October 30, 2023 / 11:43 am

    4 stars
    Delicious! I had to make a few subs b/c of what I had on hand, but they are differences in degree and not in kind: canned whole plum tomatoes instead of fresh plum tomatoes, 3 baking potatoes instead of 3 red potatoes, and a canned bell pepper instead of a fresh bell pepper. I also misread the directions and put everything in the crockpot at once instead of leaving out three ingredients until near the end, but it didn’t change how filling and tasty this was; I cooked 3 hours on HIGH. I also only used 1 lb of ground beef, but this stew still made a lot, filling up half of my 6 qt. crockpot. It was a nice change from the Irish beef stew I usually make, and I didn’t need to add any brown sugar because the raisins and the ketchup sweetened it enough; I actually added a couple more tablespoons of fish sauce. It also looks pretty in the bowl.

    • abigail
      October 30, 2023 / 1:53 pm

      So glad you made it work for you! Thank you for letting us know. Yay!

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