Pork Afritada is simply “Stewed pork in tomato sauce”. This dish is similar to Menudo and Kaldereta (or Caldereta) and is usually cooked with wedges of carrots and potatoes. Bay leaves are also added for extra flavor and aroma.Because of the similarity of Afritada to other tomato based dishes, identifying this dish is quite confusing to some.
I was asked by some people (who are still puzzled on this topic) to differentiate one from the other. I felt like standing in their shoes for a while. After some time pondering, I figured out that the visual difference can obviously be seen on the cut of the meat and the additional ingredients used. As for the taste, each dish is unique even if the base ingredients are similar. I guess changing the cut of the meat and adding a few more ingredients to it gives me the right to call it “Pork Vanjito” (just kidding).
Some Pinoy Food might look the same but inside them lays a truly unique taste capable of spelling their own name.
Tell me what you think.
Try this appetizing Filipino Pork Recipe: Pork Afritada.
- 1½ lbs. pork, chopped
- 1 big potato, cut into wedges (or 5 small potatoes)
- 1 big carrot, cut into wedges
- 3 pieces dried bay leaves
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 cup beef or pork broth
- ½ cup water
- 1 small red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 small green bell pepper, sliced
- 1 tsp garlic, minced
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the cooking oil in a pan and sauté the garlic and onions
- Add the pork and sauté until the outer parts are cooked (approximately 5 minutes)
- Add the bay leaves, beef broth, water, and tomato sauce. Stir and simmer until the pork is tender (around 30 to 40 minutes). Add more water if needed.
- Put-in the potato and carrots cook for 5 to 8 minutes.
- Add the bell pepper. Cook for 3 minutes
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Serve hot. Share and enjoy!