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2 1/2 Pound Tripe
1/2 Calf's foot
1/3 Cup Vinegar
Cold water
2 Cloves garlic
1/2 Small Onion
3 Quart Water (approx.)
1−1/2 Cup Hominy
Red Chile Puree (see below) OR 1 cup canned red chile sauce
Finely chopped green onions
Chopped cilantro leaves
Lemon wedges
Corn tortillas, heated
Red Chile Puree:
8 California chiles (1/4 lb)
2/3 Cup Water
Scrape off any fat from tripe. Cut tripe into 1−inch squares. Place tripe
and calf's foot in a large bowl. Add vinegar and cold water to cover
generously. Let stand 3 hours. Drain. Rinse tripe and calf's foot
thoroughly. Place in a large pot. Add garlic and onion. Pour in water to
cover ingredients plus 1 to 1 1/2 inches, about 3 quarts. Add salt to taste.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 6 hours or until tripe
is tender. After 1 hour, skim foam from surface of soup. Skim again as
needed. Add more water if liquid evaporates. Prepare Red Chile Puree. Add
hominy and Red Chile Puree during last hour of cooking. Ladle into large
bowls. Serve chopped green onions, cilantro, lemon wedges and hot corn
tortillas separately. Makes 10 to 15 servings. Red Chile Puree: Remove stems
from chiles. Break chiles open and rinse out seeds. Place in a saucepan with
water to cover. Bring to a boil. Continue to boil until chiles are softened,
about 5 minutes. Drain; discard water. Place chiles in blender; puree. Add
enough water to make puree the consistency of tomato sauce. Press pureed
chiles through a sieve to remove bits of peel. Makes about 1 cup. Variation:
Substitute 1 1/2 cups nixtamal (cooked dried corn) for canned hominy.
Combine with soaked tripe and calf's foot, garlic, onion and water. Cook as
directed above.

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