How to cook Callos

Callos or ox tripe stew is a Filipino-Spanish dish made from ox tripe and veal shanks (ox feet). The tripe and shanks are boiled and simmered until the texture becomes extra tender; this makes eating this dish pleasurable. Different vegetables can also be added but the commonly used are carrots, chick peas (garbanzos), and bell pepper.




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 pieces chorizo de bilbao, sliced
1/4 lb bacon, sliced crosswise in 1 inch length
1 large bell pepper, cut into thick strips
1 large onions, sliced
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Ground black pepper
1 medium sized carrot, cubed
1 teaspoon whole peppercorn
4 cups water

Cooking Procedure:

1. Pour water in a casserole or cooking pot and bring to a boil.

2. Put-in the onion, whole peppercorn, ox feet, and ox tripe. Simmer until the ox feet and tripe are extremely tender (you may use a slow cooker or pressure cooker for this step).

3. Remove the ox feet and tripe from the cooking pot and let it cool down for a few minutes. Set the stock aside for later use.

4. Cut the ox tripe into bite size pieces and debone the ox feet. Set aside.

5. Heat a large wok or pan then pour-in the olive oil.

6. Add chorizo de bilbao and bacon then cook in medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes.

7. Pour-in the tomato sauce then let boil.

8. Add the tender ox feet and tripe and 2 cups of stock (water used to boil ox feet and ox tripe) then simmer for 10 minutes.

9. Add salt and pepper then put-in the carrots. Simmer for 3 minutes.

10. Put-in the chick peas and bell pepper then simmer for 10 minutes.

11. Transfer to a serving dish.