Easy Afritada

Easy Afritada is another version of pork afritada.  This recipe will guide you on how to prepare your favorite pork afritada with ease and confidence. My secret for a good afritada recipe, and for any other meat recipes, is the quality of the meat. I see to it that I use the freshest possible meat available. I do this by going directly to the butcher station and request for newly cut or sliced meat, instead of getting pre-packaged meat from the meat section of the supermarket. Another factor that is also related to quality is the texture of the meat. I make sure that the meat is tender and easy to chew. This will make the dish more pleasurable and enjoyable to eat. This can be done by simmering the meat for severalminutes until the desired texture is achieved. The sauces and seasonings  are next on my list. While the meat can be our main source of flavor, sauces and seasonings plays a big role in enhancing the flavor of a dish. I see to it that I only use appropriate sauces and seasonings for the dish. Adding unnecessary ingredients can have a bad effect on any dish – simplicity is the key.

Try this Easy Afritada Recipe. Let me know what you think.

Easy Afritada

Easy Afritada Recipe


  • 1 1/2 lb. pork shoulders, cubed
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 small green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 4 cups pork or beef broth
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 small tomato, cubed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Procedure

  1. Heat oil in a casserole or deep cooking pot.
  2. Saute garlic,onion, and tomato until soft.
  3. Add-in the pork. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until light brown.
  4. Pour-in broth and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 40 to 60 minutes.
  5. Stir-in the potatoes. Cook for 8 minutes.
  6. Add the bell peppers and green peas. Stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Transfer to a serving plate. Serve with warm rice.
  9. Share and enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 4

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
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Serving size: 4
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  • 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!


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