Filipino Pochero Recipe using pork belly - Foxy Folksy (2024)

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Filipino Pochero Recipe using pork belly - Foxy Folksy (1)Pochero (Puchero) is another great dish that we inherited from the Spanish. It is a stew of meat, vegetable, root crops and legumes andwas originally considered as peasant stew (in Andalusia). This is because the meat thatwas usually used were from cheapest (fatty) cuts from a pig, cow, and chicken and with vegetables that were in season.

Filipino Pochero Recipe using pork belly - Foxy Folksy (2)

The Filipino Pochero is slightly different as it has tomato sauce and it. What sets it apart from other tomato-based stew is that it (must) have ripe plantain banana or 'saba'. This makes a rather interesting flavor to the stew because it adds a natural sweetness to the dish.

I chose to pre-boil the pork belly to make sure that they are really tender and the vegetables not overcooked. I did it the night before and then placed the meat and broth in the fridge until it was time to cook my Pochero the next day. It is also a good idea especiallyfor those who do not have enough time to prepare it for lunch or dinner.

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By the way, this post is forTina who requested this recipe of Pochero and who loves impressing her son and husband with her great Filipino food! 🙂

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Pork Pochero Recipe

4.91 from 11 votes

Try this Filipino Pork Pochero recipe using pork belly. A tomato-based stew that has ripe plantain bananas that set it apart from any other!

Prep Time: 10 minutes mins

Cook Time: 30 minutes mins

Total Time: 40 minutes mins

Course :Main Course

Servings =4

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  • 2 pounds pork belly - cut into cubes
  • 2-3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 ripe plantain bananas - each cut into 3 pieces
  • 1 small carrots - cut into chunks
  • 1 big or 2 medium potatoes - cut into quarters
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 medium onion - chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes - cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 cup chickpeas (garbanzos) - canned
  • 2-3 cups pork broth - or water
  • 1 bunch pak choi - the base cut


  • Boil pork belly in water until it becomes tender. Separate the meat and broth when ready to cook.

  • Heat oil in a deep pan or a pot and fry the potatoes, carrots, and bananas until the edges are slightly browned. Remove from oil and transfer to a plate.

  • In the same oil saute garlic, onion, and tomato until limp.

  • Add the pork belly cuts and the tomato paste. Season with fish sauce and ground pepper.

  • Next, add back the fried potatoes, carrots and banana plantain (saba) and also the chickpeas.

  • Pour in the broth/water and let it simmer to cook the potatoes and carrots and until the broth turns into a thicker sauce.

  • Lastly, add the pak choi and turn off the heat. Cover the pot for 3 minutes to cook the pak choi.

  • Serve hot with rice.


If the plantain bananas are not sweet enough, add a teaspoon of sugar.


Calories: 1417kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 30gFat: 129gSaturated Fat: 44gCholesterol: 163mgSodium: 1391mgPotassium: 1556mgFiber: 7gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 11720IUVitamin C: 115.3mgCalcium: 279mgIron: 4.7mg

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  1. Erna says

    Filipino Pochero Recipe using pork belly - Foxy Folksy (17)
    Love this! I made it last night for dinner. Family loved it too. I just substituted bokchoy


  2. Ef Cee says

    Filipino Pochero Recipe using pork belly - Foxy Folksy (18)
    Add a bit of string beans and some Chinese sausage! (Optional)


  3. Nancy says

    Filipino Pochero Recipe using pork belly - Foxy Folksy (19)
    i like this menu thank you


    • Bebs says

      Sure you can, Maria.


  4. Wennie says

    Thanks for sharing.. I love so much pochero. Keep it up!


    • Bebs says

      You are welcome. Wennie.


  5. Maricel says

    I want to cook pork pochero. Can I get the recipe.

    Thank you


  6. Alma says

    Loved the receipe.


    • Bebs says

      Glad to hear it, Alma.


  7. gigi says

    Filipino Pochero Recipe using pork belly - Foxy Folksy (20)
    Thanks for the recipe. I grew up loving my dad's pochero adding chorizo in the mix and a side dish of mashed grilled eggplant (skin removed) and squash with lots of raw garlic and olive oil. Yummeh


  8. Valyn says

    where can I get a specific banana here in Berlin/Germany?


    • Bebs says

      I am not sure if you can get it at these times, but usually, Asianladen have them.


  9. eena says

    Filipino Pochero Recipe using pork belly - Foxy Folksy (21)
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I often cook this and added 1 teaspoon of brown sugar 🙂


  10. Lani says

    Hi Ms. Bebs! How about Beef Roast. Thank you!


    • Bebs says

      Hi Lani, will be in my list then!


  11. Dawn says

    Filipino Pochero Recipe using pork belly - Foxy Folksy (22)
    A must-try dish!! ??


    • Bebs says

      Thanks for the comment!


  12. Albert. Cabulagan says

    Wow.. Your thoughts and cooking ways are exact of myself. You know your history and your facts are right on. You also know how to cook these dish the correct way. I amazed by your knowledge of why certain meat cuts were used etc. Most notable where these dishes are inherited from. Thanks for being real.. sincerely Al


    • Bebs says

      Thanks for the nice comment Albert. I try to do some research for every recipe especially if it is the first time I make them and some you know from experience and by instinct 😉


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