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Dinuguan (pork and blood stew)

Dinuguan comes from the root word dugo, or blood. This dish is so named because it is a stew made with the blood of a freshly-slaughtered pig. Traditionally cooked using a mixture of pork cheeks, lungs and intestines, this version — made with pork belly, cheeks and liver — should make the not-too-adventurous less squeamish.

But… blood? Sure. Blood. Cooking with blood is nothing new and not even unique to the Philippines. Dishes cooked with blood are found in various cuisines — Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, British, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Scandinavian… Blood sausages and haggis are made with blood.

The blood of freshly-slaughtered pig is available in local wet markets. The blood is usually kept in a cooler so, when sold, there are often solid masses. That doesn’t mean that the blood isn’t fresh. It is natural for blood to coagulate when it cools. In Antipolo, where we live, the butcher gives it for free with the purchase of meat.

Recipe: Dinuguan (pork and blood stew)*


  • 3 tbsps. of vegetable cooking oil
  • 500 g. of pork belly and 500 g. of pork cheeks, cut into one-inch cubes
  • about 1/3 c. of vinegar
  • a whole clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 thumb-sized pieces of ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 shallots or one onion, roughly chopped
  • 5 to 6 finger chilis
  • salt and pepper
  • about 2 c. of pork blood
  • 1/4 k. of pork liver, thinly sliced


  1. Heat the cooking oil in a pan.
  2. Add the pork and cook over high heat, stirring often, until the meat is no longer pink.
  3. Pour in the vinegar. Stir. Cook, uncovered, until the vinegar has been absorbed by the pork.
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  5. Cook the pork in the oil and rendered fat for a few minutes.
  6. Add the garlic, shallots (or onion), ginger and chilis. Season with salt and pepper. Stir. Cook until the vegetables soften.
  7. Pour in the blood. Note that if there are solid masses, you can press them through a strainer before adding to the pork. I don’t mind the solid masses although I mash them with my hands to make sure that there are no too large pieces.
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  9. Stir. Wait for the mixture to boil.
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  11. The blood will turn from red to brown as it cooks. When the mixture boils, lower the heat, cover and simmer for an hour or until the pork is done. The sauce will reduce and thicken as it cooks, don’t be tempted to add water unless you want a soupy dinuguan.
  12. Taste the stew from time to time and adjust the seasonings, as needed.
  13. When the pork is tender, add the liver. Stir. Simmer for another ten minutes.
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  15. Garnish the dinuguan with slices of chili and scallions before serving.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 60 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

*Updated from a recipe originally published on September 15, 2003


  1. says

    I am a Filipino resident of Kuala Lumpur. For a long time I have not tried my favorite “Dinuguan” in the Philippines, and when I got across your website suddenly I found my appetite back again especially your way of cooking dinuguan. It appears that several have already good comments about it. Can’t wait of going back to Philippines to ask my daughter to cook it and follow your recipe, thanks..!

  2. king christian villacorta says

    iw,,, dinuguann yakz.,,.,.

    anu bang food yan,,

    ndi ba nila alam na ang blood ay ang pinaka madumi sa ating body…

    at lahat ng dumi sa body natin dun napupunta sa blood




  3. Thelma Macas says

    Wow , our Fil-Am community here in Rio assigned me to cook Dinuguan for our Haloween Party. I’ll try this recipe with a Bisaya twist ( the lemon grass or tanglad) . I ussually soak the lemon grass with the prk blood before cooking!

  4. Andy, Canada says

    A very satisfying and tasty soup/stew. I recently vacationed in the Philippines, and ate a bowl (two actually!) of this without knowing what it was. To my palate it tastes like the richest chicken soup you can imagine, and I found it a superb, hearty meal, especially when accompanied by those little rice buns (not sure what they are called).

    You’re right – don’t judge it till you’ve tried it :-)