Pork Pochero

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Pork Pochero or Puchero is a type of stew originally from Spain. The name comes from the Spanish word “puchero” which means “stewpot”. In Filipino cuisine, puchero  (putsero) refers to a dish composed of beef chunks stewed with saba bananas (or plantains). The dish may also include potatoes or sweet potatoes, chorizos de Bilbao, bok choy, leeks, chickpeas, cabbage, and tomato sauce. Other versions replace beef with chicken or pork.

pork pochero with plantains and carrots
Your family will look forward to coming home to this hearty and delicious Pochero.
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This is a dish that truly makes me home-sick! With all of the ingredients readily available, you can make this hearty stew in a jiffy. Who wouldn’t want to come home to this tasty pork puchero? What makes it unique from the usual tomato sauce based stews is that it has (Saba) or sometimes called Plantain as part of its main ingredients. It’s simply not pork pochero without it.

pork pochero in a bowl

It helps to fry the potatoes and bananas so it doesn’t get mushy. This dish is even tastier when a day old. Try this for your Sunday lunch or dinner or even serve it on special occasions and am sure you’ll love this! A recipe worth keeping!

pork pochero with cabbage and carrots

The secret ingredient is always LOVE

Tips for Pork Pochero

  • Use ripe saba or plantains.

Pork Pochero

The dish may also include potatoes or sweet potatoes, chorizos de Bilbao, bok choy, leeks, chickpeas, cabbage, and tomato sauce. Other versions replace beef with chicken or pork.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: ground pork, plantain, pochero, puchero, stew
Servings: 6
Author: Mia

Ingredients

  • ½ kilo pork belly chopped
  • 1 large potato peeled and cut in wedges
  • 1 medium carrot peeled and sliced
  • 1 large plantain banana ripe, sliced
  • 1 bunch bok choy pechay
  • ½ cabbage
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • ½ tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup string beans

Instructions

  • Heat ¼ cup cooking oil in cooking pot over medium heat. Fry by batch potatoes, carrots and plantains. Set aside
  • Remove some cooking oil and sauté garlic and onions. Put in the pork and cook them until not pink in color. Add fish sauce and stir then simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce and mix until pork is coated. Simmer for 5 minutes then add water. Cover and bring to a boil until meat is tender.
  • Add the fried potatoes, string beans, and carrots. Cook until vegetable are soft then taste and adjust if needed or according to preference. Let simmer for 5 minutes then add cabbage.
  • When cabbage is cooked. Add the bok choy. Cover the pot and turn off the heat. Let the residual heat cook the bok choy (about 5 minutes).
  • Transfer to a serving plate and serve. Bon Appetit!

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