Pork Afritada

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.

Pork Afritada

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.

Pork Afritada
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Cook time
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Serves: 4
  • 1 1/2 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
  • 1/2 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
  1. Heat the cooking oil in a pan and sauté the garlic and onions
  2. Add the pork and sauté until the outer parts are cooked (approximately 5 minutes)
  3. 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.
  4. Put-in the potato and carrots cook for 5 to 8 minutes.
  5. Add the bell pepper. Cook for 3 minutes
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste
  7. Serve hot. Share and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4


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  1. Great….

  2. janeth says:

    thanks to this,my recipe for tonight!

  3. I’m looking for a website wherein I would learn on how to cook and bingo! I found this 😀 I’ll try this once I’m home. yey! 😆

  4. Jennylyn says:

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  5. cristy says:

    hi mr.vanjo i like all ur receipe thanks for that i learned alot how 2 cook..

  6. Noel Blanco says:

    Ano ang difference ng afritada, menudo and caldereta?
    Sa tingin ko afritada ay more on sweet-sour taste, while menudo is salty-sweet taste at ang caldereta ay more on a spicy side. Just an opinion pero parang ganoon ang experience ko sa 3 dish na ito.

  7. Did this recipe today for lunch, and it tastes so good. But just to give it some variation, I used spaghetti sauce instead to give it a sweet taste for my daughter’s liking. Thanks to you, cooking seems so easy to do. More power!

  8. charlene says:

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  9. Bhouie says:

    I love your recipe, I learn a lot..and thank you so much!!!

  10. risille says:

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  11. Elenor says:


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  12. phoebe says:

    can i use un mga seasoning ng instant pork noodles (like lucky me) instead of pork broth (knorr’s)? thanks! =)

  13. I tried this afritada many times..and it’s really yummy….

  14. I tried chicken instead of pork and it’s really yummy. I am glad of this website. I just moved here in U.S, for almost a year now and really miss Filipino dish and a friend told me about this site and it’s real…I don’t need to ask my parents about the Filipino cuisine, it’s already here and within reach..THanks a lot Panlasang Pinoy…

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  16. mervin mesina says:

    different ng caldereta at afritada??

  17. Hi Kate, check this link for the Nilasing na Hipon Recipe

  18. you can use water chestnut instead of singkamas. it has the same effect.

  19. thank u so much! more recipe! godbless

  20. I really enjoy your website and am interested in making the chicken tinola but i cant figure out if the ingredient rice washing, is that an actual name of the ingredient and where do i find that in the grocery? would it be in the authentic isle??


    • quincy says:

      haha rita hon you made me laugh….rice washing is the water u used when u first wash the rice…instead of throwing it away need to keep it..and u wont really find that at the grocery store…coz that is just a water came from cleaning your rice haha

  21. good morning po, pede po bang paki-show how to cook PININYAHANG MANOK? thank you, and God bless.

  22. rita, it is just the liquid derived from washing raw rice. You just need to wash the rice and collect the liquid from the first wash.

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