Pochero Recipe

Pochero or Puchero is a well-loved Filipino stew. I know that you are familiar with this dish after we featured two variations: Beef Pochero and Chicken Pochero.To complete our Pochero series, I thought of sharing this Pork Pochero recipe. This pretty much uses the same ingredients. However, there are some differences in the way the ingredients are prepared. Since we now have three recipe variations, it will make more sense if different options in preparation are presented. For example: this recipe does not require plantains to be fried while the previous recipes do.

Pork Pochero

In making Pork Pochero, I personally prefer pork belly than other leaner parts. The pork belly fat makes this dish taste better. I also find the texture of tender pork belly pleasing. However, no matter how good and appealing it may sound, health always comes first before pleasure. If you think that your fat and cholesterol levels are high, try using leaner cuts of meat — like pork tenderloin.

One of the factors that make this dish taste great is plantain (or even saging na saba). This ingredient provides a unique sweet flavor to this dish. Let me emphasize that it is important to use ripe plantains in cooking Pochero so that you will get the best possible flavor.

Do you have tips and suggestions to add? We love to hear from you.

Try this Pork Pochero recipe and let me know what you think.

Pochero Recipe
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Serves: 4
  • 1 lb pork belly, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons patis (fish-sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon whole pepper corn
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chick peas (garbanzos)
  • 1 large plaintain banana (ripe), chopped
  • 1 medium sized potato, cubed
  • 1 small cabbage, quartered
  • 1/4 lb long green beans
  • 1 bunch bok choy (pechay)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  1. Heat cooking oil in a cooking pot.
  2. Sauté garlic, onions, and tomatoes
  3. Add pork and cook until the color turns light brown.
  4. Put-in fish sauce, whole pepper corn, and tomato sauce. Stir.
  5. Add water and let boil. Simmer until pork is tender (about 30 to 40 minutes).
  6. Put-in potato, plantain, and chick peas. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. Add cabbage and long green beans. Cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Stir-in the bok choy. Cover the pot and turn off the heat.
  9. Let the residual heat cook the bok choy (about 5 minutes).
  10. Transfer to a serving plate and serve.
  11. Share and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4


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  1. Hi, Found your web and I am hook. I Do this now on daily basis. What prepare for my husband and family. So far you save me! all the recipes are awesome…Thank again Flor…

  2. Cristina/WA state says:

    Love your website!! My cousin shared it w/ me about a week ago, today I made some chicken pochero and it came out really good and it’s simple. Tomorrow I planned to make some ginisang ampalaya. You really are amazing! I love to cook and try new recipes, so now I’ll just watch your video and cook at the same time :). Thank you so much, keep up the good work!!

  3. i love this…

  4. i’m excited to try making this dish later on. this website is great. it inspires me to cook and try new recipes. fantastic!

  5. hi vanjo! good job on panlasang pinoy, im a new fan 😉 by the way your pochero is pretty much the same with what my family is doing except we use pork and beans instead of a plain tomato sauce, i guess because we grew up knowing pochero is albeit a sweet dish. And instead of liempo cuts we use pork kasim for the pork variation of this dish. Thanks for posting this 😉

  6. Looks great – pochero has always been one of my favorites. My family always made it with beef, so I’ll have to try the pork variation.

  7. My mom used cAnned pork and beans instead of tomato sauce. This is one of my favorite recipe of my mom.. I never tried cooking pochero my mom always cooked for us but now na wla na xa we have to cook our own food thanks vanjo for sharing this recipe..

  8. pede po ba na porkchop ang ilagay sa pohero?

  9. Oh yes, I remember when my granda is cooking pochero in our kalan way back 8 years from now. She add banana on pochero cut so thick..its a kapampangan style of cooking..hope she’s still alive to cook to us..I really miss her..:(