Chitterlings (Chitlins) (2024)

Home / Main Course Recipes / Pork Recipes

Jump to Recipe Jump to Video Print Recipe

Author: Imma

Chitterlings – A tried-and-true soul food classic! Flavor and texture are kicked into high gear with fresh red pepper, crisp celery, and smokey Creole seasoning. It’s a hearty, irresistible main dish that perfectly complements collard greens and cornbread for an oh-so-amazing extravaganza!

Chitterlings (Chitlins) (1)

Chitterlings (affectionately called chitlins in the South) is a staple West African food. My aunt’s famous chitlins, spiced up with tomatoes, leeks, ginger, and hot peppers, stood out on the dinner table. Everyone would crowd around the table, waiting to get their hands on the bowl.

Chitterlings may now be a gourmet specialty people rarely make at home, but they’re still comfort food to me. And, of course, when I moved to the States, I learned to make them the Southern way. My family loves it when I make them because it’s such a treat.

Content…

What Are They?
Recipe Ingredients
How to Make Chitlins
Recipe Variations
Tips and Tricks
Make-Ahead Instructions
Serving and Storage Instructions
FAQs
What to Serve
More Classic Soul Food Recipes to Try
Conclusion
Watch How to Make It

Chitterlings (Chitlins) (2)

What Are Chitterlings?

Chitterlings is a fun name for pig intestines, although you can use them from a calf. They’re a great way to use every part of the animal and waste nothing. The mild taste of chitlins makes them the perfect canvas for deliciously bold flavors.

Recipe Ingredients

Chitterlings (Chitlins) (3)
Chitterlings (Chitlins) (4)
  1. Chitterlings– I use pork chitterlings for an authentic soul food experience. Their buttery texture makes this dish truly decadent!
  2. Vinegar and Baking Soda– These ingredients do a great job cleaning the chitterlings and neutralizing odors.
  3. Seasonings– Aromatics like onion and garlic pack a bold flavor punch. Then thyme and bay leaves add a subtle, minty layer while Creole seasoning and red pepper flakes kick up the heat.
  4. VeggiesBell pepper and celery give the recipe a touch of sweetness, vibrant pop of color, and a nice texture.
  5. Red Wine Vinegar– Make the dish come alive with a distinctively tangy flavor. Yum!

How to Make Chitlins

Chitterlings (Chitlins) (5)

Clean the Chitlins

  • Clean– Thoroughly wash the chitterlings by soaking them in vinegar, baking soda, salt, and water for about an hour. After that, rinse twice under running tap water. (Photos 1-2)
  • Prepare– Then remove excess fat, and cut the chitterlings into small bite-size pieces. Transfer them to a medium-sized pot and completely cover them with water. Cook over medium-high heat for about an hour. (Photo 3)
  • Rinse– After cooking, rinse chitterlings one more time with fresh water. Rinse the pot and place it over medium heat. (Photo 4)
Chitterlings (Chitlins) (6)

Cook Them Up

  • Cook Veggies– Pour a tablespoon of cooking oil into the pot, and when it’s hot, add the onion, garlic, thyme, bell pepper, and celery. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the onion is translucent. (Photos 5-6)
  • Chitterlings– Add bay leaves, Creole seasoning, pepper flakes, vinegar, chitterlings, and two cups of water—season with salt and pepper to taste. (Photo 7)
  • Simmer– Cover pot and cook for 45-60 minutes or until chitterlings are tender. To ensure the water hasn’t cooked out, check the pot, stirring occasionally. Add more water as needed. (Photo 8)
  • Serveand enjoy!
Chitterlings (Chitlins) (7)

Recipe Variations

  1. Go bold with flavors! Add leeks, carrots, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, and hot peppers to make a stew theAfrican way. Then serve it withfried plantains.
  2. Load up on veggies! Add green and yellow bell peppers, carrots, parsley, or cilantro for extra texture and color.

Tips and Tricks

  1. When they are ready to eat, chitterlings tear apart easily when pulled. It’s a great way to tell if they are done without burning your tongue! 😉
  2. The cleaning process is the key to an appetizing dish. Take your time with cleaning… rinse, rinse, and rinse again.
  3. When pre-boiling your chitterlings, add a potato or onion cut in half to the water to absorb the smell. Then discard them after cooking.

Make-Ahead Instructions

This dish comes together easily once the chitterlings are clean. Fortunately, they can be cleaned ahead of time and stored in the fridge. Clean the raw chitterlings well and store them in the fridge for up to two days before cooking. Cleaned, raw chitterlings can also be stored in the freezer for up to three months before cooking.

Serving and Storage Instructions

This dish is excellent served hot right off the stove. However, like many soul food dishes, it’s even better after the flavors have developed for a few hours (or from the night before)! So if you’re fortunate enough to haveleftovers, pop them in an airtight containerin the fridgeand enjoy them forup to four days. You can also store cooked chitterlings in thefreezerforthree months.

Chitterlings (Chitlins) (8)

FAQs

What do chitterlings taste like?

Chitterlings have a mild flavor and a buttery texture. Some people compare them to octopus or squid, but it is challenging to find an exact comparison. Because they’re mild, they adapt to the recipe’s flavors, so you can make them as mild or as wild as you like!

Should you pre-boil chitterlings?

There’s some controversy around whether to pre-boil, but it’s really up to you. I do because that’s what I was taught.

Can you use bleach to clean chitterlings?

I prefer to use natural cleaners such as vinegar and baking soda. But I like to bleach my work surfaces after preparing the chitterlings to avoid cross-contamination.

What to Serve With Chitterlings

For a soul food extravaganza that will knock your socks off, serve chitterlings withturnip greens,pinto beans, andskillet cornbread. Then top off the feast with a decadentred velvet cheesecakefor dessert!

More Classic Soul Food Recipes to Try

  • Fried Pork Chops
  • Fish and Grits
  • Red Beans and Rice
  • Easy Smothered Pork Chops
  • Mississippi Pot Roast
  • Southern Corn Pudding

Conclusion

Impress your guests with this outstanding chitterlings recipe for a spicy, delectable main dish. Do you love soul food as much as I do? Then sign up for my newsletter to receive more soul food treats! 😍

Watch How to Make It

[adthrive-in-post-video-player video-id=”zPTwcmpk” upload-date=”2023-03-03T17:24:25.000Z” name=”CHITTERLINGS.mp4″ description=”Chitterlings are a tried-and-true soul food classic kicked into high gear with red pepper, celery, and Creole seasoning.” player-type=”collapse” override-embed=”false”]

Looking for more recipes? Follow on…

Chitterlings (Chitlins) (9)

Print

Chitterlings (Chitlins)

A tried-and-true soul food classic! Flavor and texture are kicked into high gear with fresh red pepper, crisp celery, and smokey Creole seasoning. It's a hearty, irresistible main dish that perfectly complements collard greens and cornbread for an oh-so-amazing extravaganza!

5 from 3 votes

Prep: 1 hour hr

Cook: 1 hour hr

Total: 2 hours hrs

African, soul

Servings 8

Ingredients

Clean Chitterlings

  • 3-4 pounds (1.2-2k) pork chitterlings
  • 1 cup (237ml) white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon (20g) salt

Cook Chitterlings

  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon (1g) fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 stalk celery, diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) Creole seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon (1.5g) red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) red wine vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Thoroughly wash the chitterlings by soaking them in vinegar, baking soda, salt, and water for about an hour. After that, rinse twice under running tap water.

  • Then remove excess fat, and cut the chitterlings into small bite-size pieces. Transfer them to a medium-sized pot and completely cover them with water. Cook over medium-high heat for about an hour.

  • After cooking, rinse the chitterlings one more time with fresh water. Rinse the pot and place it over medium heat.

  • Pour a tablespoon of cooking oil into the pot, and when it's hot, add the onion, garlic, thyme, bell pepper, and celery. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the onion is translucent.

  • Add bay leaves, Creole seasoning, pepper flakes, vinegar, chitterlings, and two cups of water—season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Cover pot and cook for 45-60 minutes or until chitterlings are tender. To ensure the water hasn't cooked out, check the pot, stirring occasionally. Add more water as needed.

  • Serve and enjoy!

Tips & Notes:

  1. When they are ready to eat, chitterlings tear apart easily when pulled. It’s a great way to tell if they are done without burning your tongue!
  2. The cleaning process is the key to an appetizing dish. Take your time with cleaning… rinse, rinse, and rinse again.
  3. When pre-boiling your chitterlings, add a potato or onion cut in half to the water to absorb the smell. Then discard them after cooking.
  4. Please remember that the nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on the products used in the recipe.

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 100g| Calories: 309kcal (15%)| Carbohydrates: 4g (1%)| Protein: 16g (32%)| Fat: 26g (40%)| Saturated Fat: 0.3g (2%)| Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g| Monounsaturated Fat: 1g| Cholesterol: 325mg (108%)| Sodium: 1295mg (56%)| Potassium: 138mg (4%)| Fiber: 1g (4%)| Sugar: 2g (2%)| Vitamin A: 822IU (16%)| Vitamin C: 22mg (27%)| Calcium: 17mg (2%)| Iron: 0.3mg (2%)

Author: Imma

Course: dinner, Main

Cuisine: African, soul

Diet: Gluten Free

Tag Us On Instagram!Did you make this recipe? I love hearing how it turned out! Tag me on Instagram @ImmaculateBites and be sure to leave a rating below!

Reader Interactions

Leave a Review

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comments & Reviews
  1. Ms. Brown says

    Where can you find Chitterlings these days? There not in the stores anymore.

    Reply

    • Imma says

      They’re harder to find in some areas. You could do a Google search “Where to buy chitterlings in [your area]” That should tell which stores sell them.
      I’ve also had luck in Asian grocery stores, but you have to ask the guy behind the meat counter where to find them. Hope that helps:)

      Reply

Chitterlings (Chitlins) (2024)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Virgilio Hermann JD

Last Updated:

Views: 6504

Rating: 4 / 5 (61 voted)

Reviews: 84% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Virgilio Hermann JD

Birthday: 1997-12-21

Address: 6946 Schoen Cove, Sipesshire, MO 55944

Phone: +3763365785260

Job: Accounting Engineer

Hobby: Web surfing, Rafting, Dowsing, Stand-up comedy, Ghost hunting, Swimming, Amateur radio

Introduction: My name is Virgilio Hermann JD, I am a fine, gifted, beautiful, encouraging, kind, talented, zealous person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.