Pork dinuguan

Dinuguan comes from the word dugo, or blood. It’s funny that I should be posting this recipe at this moment just after posting an entry in the Sassy Lawyer’s Journal about the economic agenda of Bush’s visit on October. Madugo.

casaveneracion.com pork dinuguan

This dish is so named bacause the sauce is made with the blood of a freshly-slaughtered pig. Traditionally cooked using a mixture of pork belly meat and pork entrails, my version should make the not-too-adventurous less squeamish. This is a very delicious dish, really. I can only ask that for those reading about dinuguan for the first time, try it first before passing judgment.

I am reminded of a British cookbook author who, during an extensive trip to Japan, became so enamoured of Japanese cuisine (yes, raw fish and raw fish eggs mostly) that he ended up devoting an entire section in his book about Japanese food and encouraging his fellow Britons to try it first before deciding that it was no good.

I should be saying the same about dinuguan.

The blood of freshly-slaughtered pig is available in local wet markets. In Antipolo where we live, the butcher gives it for free with the purchase of meat.

Ingredients :

1 k. of pork belly, cut into 1″ x 2″ pieces
350 g. of pork liver
4 c. of pig’s blood
3 chili peppers (siling haba)
1 head of garlic, crushed and minced
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, minced
3 onions, halved and sliced thinly
1 pouch of sinigang mix good for 1 liter of broth
1 bay leaf
pepper (optional)
1 tbsp. of cooking oil

Cooking procedure :

Refrigerate the pig’s blood until needed.

Heat a heavy casserole. Pour in the cooking oil. When the oil starts to smoke, add the garlic and ginger. Saute until fragrant. Add the pork pieces and cook over high heat until the edges of the pork start to brown. Add the onions, chili peppers, bay leaf and sinigang mix and continue cooking until the onions are transparent. Season with salt and pepper, if using. Pour in just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until the pork is very tender. Add more water, a little at a time, if the liquid dries up before the pork is cooked.

Meanwhile, minced the liver. Season with a little salt.

When the pork is tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, take the pig’s blood out of the refrigerator. Transfer to a clean bowl. With you hands, mash solid masses to a pulp. Pour the mashed blood and the liquid into the casserole. Bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Add the minced liver and cook for another minute or two. Add more salt if necessary.

Serve the dinuguan hot with puto (sweet rice cakes) or steamed rice.


  1. Cristal says

    Hi! I’m so glad you have this very helpful website. It gives me ideas on how to add variety to our boring everyday menus.

    I never realized sinigang mix was a good way to get the sourish taste that i really like in dinuguan as our dinuguan here in the Visayas is not the sour type.

    I’d just like to add my personal way of cooking dinuguan. After mashing the blood mass, i strain it to separate the liquid from the solids. Then i cook the solid separately and cut it up into pieces which i add to the cooked mixture. While it is simmering, i add the liquid blood very slowly while stirring the hot mixture. This way, i get a smooth mixture and avoid having a sandy look.

    Thanks and i’m really looking forward to more recipes from you.

  2. says

    I discovered dinuguan when I lived in Hawaii. I used to travel all over the world before I settled down about 12 years ago, and decided early on that if I stumbled across a dish I liked, I would try to make it myself. I called it Klingon Blood Stew so my sons would try it. They are grown up now, but it’s still one of their favorite dishes. But they’ve stopped growling like Klingons when they eat it.

    • carmen factora says


      By pork belly, do you mean the part used for making bacon? (fatty) Or do you mean pork stomach? (lean)

      Haven’t used liver in dinuguan before. Will mincing it thicken the sauce, which I think will be nice, or should the liver be diced?

      A friend here in va said to also use tripe.
      What do you think?

      Would appreciate a reply as I am making your recipe for a gathering on Fri. Thanks!

      • says

        Yes, belly is the cut for making belly bacon. Fatty? That depends on the quality of the pork. If the meat comes from a young animal, the layer of fat is thin.

        Pork stomach is an innard and the texture is different. But it can be added to pork dinuguan too. Cleaning it to remove the smell can be tricky though.

        If you’re making beef dinuguan, you can add tripe.

  3. Chris says

    Filipino community here in Bloomington INdiana US requested me to cook dinuguan for our xsmas party. I will try you dinuguan recipe this time.. with sinigang mix. :razz:

  4. Giogio says

    hello connie, great helpful website you have.. thank you.
    i cook dinuguan while ago (followed your instruction thouroughly, it is perfect and taste great!! … but why the color of my dinuguan became really dark? it supposedly reddish brown, not dark gray. what happened? or is it normal color? (but on your dinuguan picture is reddish brown).
    Could you please tell me why?

    thank you po :smile:

    • carmen factora says

      i saw another recipe that used tomato sauce in addition to everything else. maybe that’s what gave the pictured recipe a reddish color

      4 cups blood seems a bit much. i start with 1/2 cup blood, less broth, for a drier dinuguan; more broth, more blood for the soup-ier kind.

  5. Maricris Reyes says

    thank you very much for your dinuguan recipe, actually now ko lang naencounter ung sinigang mix for dinuguan. but i think, it will taste great now coz pa lang ako mgtry magluto eh.:grin:

  6. William says

    Ever since I was in the grade school, I loved dinuguan. It was a regular in our dining table until we lost my Grandmother who was the chief cook of the family.

    Lately, my line of work took me to different places outside Manila. We stopped by a restaurant called Riverside restaurant for lunch. (Located 300 meters before going up Kennon Road). There we tried their version of Dinuguan. Everyone in our group agreed it was the best we have tasted in a long while.

    I often check this website and tried some of your recipies and they were quite good. I will ask my wife to try the dinuguan recipe above and will let you know how I find it.

  7. Cathy says

    Hi connie, I hope you can respond to this one as soon as you can. I’m from australia and I got some pork blood from my local butcher for free. The pork blood they gave me was very liquidy…no mass of blood at all. Is that sort of pork blood good? what should I tell my butcher about pork blood? Kasi palagay ko parang di pang dinuguan tong blood na nakuha ko. Masyadong malinis hindi lumpy. Please help. Thanks again.

  8. says

    Cathy, lumps are coagulations. Blood coagulates when 1) chilled or 2) it isn’t fresh anymore. I can’t really make judgments since I have not seen the pork blood you got from your butcher but I would prefer pork blood without too many semi-solid masses. :)

  9. rose z says

    my lola uses beef (thinly-stripped tenderloin), for her dinuguan, cooking it with kamias. re cleaning the blood, she uses only the “lumps” and mashes them with vinegar. the soup comes out light brown. :)

  10. Rosie reyes says

    Hello, all of the recipes I’ve seen and tried out myself uses vinegar. I’d like to know why it’s not on the ingredients for your version. Thanks

  11. Rosie reyes says

    Hi Connie tried out your recipe and my husband and myself loved it so much i found it easier to control the sourness of the dish. I’ve always found it difficult to determine when I should start stirring and always end up doing it sooner than I should. Thanks a lot for this recipe. I’l be trying out your other recipes soon. Lots of Luck.

  12. 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..!

  13. 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




  14. 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!

  15. carmen factora says


    Followed your recipe to the letter..was it ever so good! Finally, a recipe that is accurately measured and with just the right ingredients!

    Sharing with all my friends. Salamat po!

  16. 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 :-)

  17. heidi tuazon says

    hi connie, tried this recipe and it really rocked!!! nice good one really delicious!! love it hehehe!!!!!

  18. Connie says

    Uuummmm, you’re the one who can’t even spell and you’re calling me “eschupida”?What the heck is eschupida anyway? Is that the same as “tupid”?

  19. Michelle says

    Hi Ms. Connie! I would like to ask if i can use Oregano instead of Bay Leaf? Does it make a difference? Thanks in advance. :)

  20. Kaye says

    hi! ask ko lang po kung ano ang dapat gawin (or ingredient) para maging smooth yung sabaw ng dinuguan? hindi ko kasi ma-perfect e. laging lumpy ang kinalalabasan. minsan naman nagdadag ako ng tubig, pero parang sobra naman sa labnaw. please advise. thank you po ng marami!

  21. UhhDuhh says


    Recently heard of crispy dinuguan made with crispy belly pork added to the blood after it is cooked. Now THAT sounds yummy!

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