Pork Afritada

Pork Afritada

Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword stew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 3 to 4
Author CASA Veneracion


  • 500 grams pork belly
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 150 grams garlicky sausages (Vigan longganiza is especially good), sliced into rings
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig oregano stripped
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • patis (fish sauce) to taste
  • pepper
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 potatoes peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 carrot peeled and cut into wedges
  • 2 bell peppers diced
  • 1/3 cup sweet peas


  • Cut the pork belly into two-inch pieces.
  • Heat the cooking oil in a pan. Over high heat, brown the pork pieces in the hot oil.
  • Lower the heat to medium. Add the sliced sausages, chopped onion, minced garlic, bay leaf and oregano. Season with fish sauce and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the onion bits soften.
  • Pour in the chopped tomatoes and soy sauce. Stir. Bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes or until the pork is tender. If the sauce dries out before the pork is done, add bone broth, half a cup at a time.
  • Add the potato and carrot wedges along with the bell peppers. Stir. Cover the pan and simmer for another 15 minutes. Taste the sauce (the vegetables will soak up the saltiness) and adjust the seasonings.
  • Stir in the bell peppers and green peas. Simmer for another five minutes.
  • The pork afritada is ready to serve at this point. If, however, you have the patience, cool the stew and refrigerate overnight. Pork afritada, as with most stews, taste better after reheating.