Filipino Callos Recipe – There are plenty of soup and stew recipes in Filipino cuisine and one of them is callos. Filipino Callos is a type of stew that features ox tripe, smoked sausage, beans, and bell peppers. It is cooked in tomato sauce and spices and pairs well with rice. If you’re unfamiliar with ox tripe, it is basically the animal’s stomach lining. Tripe generally refers to a cow’s stomach lining but can be used for other animals like sheep and pigs. Ox stomach lining may not seem appetizing, but it absorbs flavors well and can be tender. You have to be careful in working with this ingredient though lest you end up with an unsavory odor for your dish.
When making calls, can be a fairly long process but the flavorful results are worth it. Due to the different ingredients and generally process of making a stew, there are different methods you can note. This is one Filipino Callos Recipe you can try as a beginner:
Filipino Callos Recipe
- 1 1/2 lb ox feet veal shanks (cleaned)
- 2 lbs ox tripe (cleaned)
- 15 ounces chick peas garbanzo beans
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- 2 chorizo de bilbao (sliced)
- 1/4 lb bacon (sliced crosswise in 1 inch length)
- 1 bell pepper (cut into thick strips)
- 1 onions (sliced)
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 carrot (cubed)
- 1 tsp whole peppercorn
- 4 cups water
- Bring the water to a boil in a cooking pot or casserole.
- Add the onion, whole peppercorn, ox feet, and ox tripe into the pot and let it simmer until the feet and tripe are extremely tender. Another tool you can use is a slow cooker or pressure cooker.
- Take out the ox feet and tripe and let it cool. While it's cooling, set aside the stock for later.
- Cut the ox tripe into bite-size pieces and debone the ox feet then set the cut pieces aside.
- Heat a large wok or pan on medium heat then pour the olive oil.
- Add chorizo de bilbao and bacon then cook them for 5 to 8 minutes.
- Pour the tomato sauce and let the mixture boil.
- When the mixture is brought to a boil add the tender ox feet and tripe and 2 cups of the stock made from the water the ox tripe and feet boiled in then simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add salt and pepper then add the carrots. Let it simmer for 3 minutes.
- Add the chickpeas and bell pepper then simmer for 10 minutes.
- Transfer to a serving dish and serve hot
Tips or a Callos Recipe
Due to how much odor ox tripe gives off when not prepared properly, it can help to run/soak it in a combination of vinegar and salt or at it to the stock. If you are using a pressure cooker, it can take up to 1 1/2 to 2 hours to cook to tenderness. There are plenty of ways to enjoy tripe in Filipino cuisine and this stew recipe is one of them. Some other dishes you can use tripe in include kare kare and pochero.