Cleaning the honeycomb: Peel off fat and lining. Wash with abundant cold water.
Boiling the honeycomb: Place the honeycomb in a large pot. Add cilantro, a teaspoon of salt, and ground pepper. Pour in half a gallon [2 liters] of water and add the juice of two limes. Boil until the honeycomb is fork-tender, adding water as it becomes necessary to maintain the same level. This may take a long time: 1 to 3 hours in a conventional pot. You can shorten this by using a pressure cooker, where it may take 30 to 60 minutes.
Chopping the honeycomb: Remove the honeycomb from the heat and discard the liquid. Cool to room temperature. Cut into spoon-sized pieces.Set it aside.
Cooking the vegetables: In a pot heat the oil over medium-low heat. Stir in the onion and garlic. Cook and stir until the onions become translucent. Stir in celery, peppers, and tomatoes. Cook covered for a couple of minutes. Add oregano, and pour in the tomato sauce and stir.
Cooking the mondongo: Add the honeycomb, carrot, and potato. Cook stirring for a couple of minutes. Pour in Add 3 cups of water. Simmer covered over low heat until the potatoes and carrots are cooked through (about 15 minutes). Taste and season with salt and hot sauce to taste. Remove from the heat.
Serving: This should be served as soon as it comes off the stove. If you are not going to eat it right away, reheat right before serving. Serve with arroz blanco and avocado.
Mondongo (tripe stew) is made from either beef, pork or goat. The first two are easier to find, thus more common.As we mention above, mondongo refers to any or all of stomach, intestines, and honeycomb tripe. For this recipe, I have used honeycomb tripe because it's easier to find. The same process will be used if you add or substitute these cuts.The honeycomb should be cleaned and bleached before starting, this is already done if you buy it in the supermarket. For extra precaution and peace of mind, you can scrub with salt and white vinegar when you wash it, then rinse it thoroughly. I did not do this for the video because I didn't find it necessary. Bear in mind that any surviving germs will be killed during the lengthy cooking process.I am not entirely sure why, but I have found that the boiling process varies wildly every time I make this. Sometimes I have it boiled tender in less than an hour, one time it took four! I don't know how long this will take for you, so do this in advance if you're cooking for guests.