Tocino

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Tocino is a Filipino breakfast staple that’s one of the key components of Tosilog. That’s tocino, fried rice, and egg for those not familiar with the term. Tocino translates to “bacon” in Spanish and originally refers to cured pork back fat. Be that as it may, Spain spread its culinary seeds far and wide and as an outcome, there are limitlessly various forms of this dish.

tocino with tomato slices
Pork Tocino

This Kapampangan specialty just wouldn’t be right without its signature red hue. Most commercial versions (and many home recipes) call for adding food coloring, but there are many good natural alternatives.  The cut of meat you use for this delicacy is a matter of personal preference. If you want something fattier, pork belly will work. Otherwise, if you want to go leaner, pork tenderloin will work, though you’ll want to be careful not to overcook it.

tocino on top of table

Try this easy and simple recipe for that sweet, savory and tender Filipino bacon. Cook up this up for breakfast and serve it with garlic rice and a fried egg for a hefty breakfast that’ll help you power through the rest of the day. If you want to make pork tocino. Here’s the recipe and please let us know.

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Tips for Tocino

If you want to go leaner, pork tenderloin will work, though you’ll want to be careful not to overcook it.

Tocino

Try this easy and simple recipe for that sweet, savory and tender tocino. Cook up this up for breakfast and serve it with garlic rice and a fried egg for a hefty breakfast that'll help you power through the rest of the day.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: cured, ground pork, sweet, tocino
Author: Mia

Ingredients

  • 1 kilo pork shoulder
  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • red food coloring optional

Instructions

Preparing and Curing Pork

  • Cut pork shoulder into thin slices approximately ¼ inch thick.
  • In a bowl. Combine pork, salt, brown sugar, and white granulated sugar in a bowl. Mix well to cover the pork with the marinate. Transfer in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator to cure for 5 days. Take out from the fridge on the 2nd day and briefly mix and return to the fridge.

How to cook Tocino

  • In a non -stick pan, simmer pork in a pan enough water. When pan is almost dry and marinade is syrupy, stir frequently to allow meat to caramelize evenly. (You can add 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable or coconut oil since meat is lean.) Once meat has caramelized, remove from heat. Serve and Enjoy. Bon Appetit!

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