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Pork Afritada

In June of last year, I've featured a Filipino dish called Afritada. It is a tomato-based stew which is commonly cooked using chicken. This time, I'm sharing with you the pork version of the said dish...
The ingredients and the manner of cooking are the same with the chicken version...the only difference is the longer cooking time for Pork Afritada. For this dish, you may use whatever cut of pork you like. You can even use pork ribs. But if you are using boneless pork, be sure to cut it into cubes and not into thin strips so your dish won't be mistaken for Pork Menudo. Pork Afritada and Pork Menudo are both tomato based stews, and though the latter is cooked with liver, they may look similar at first glance. The way the meat is sliced: cube for afritada and strips for menudo, will make it easier to distinguish the dish from each other:

If you like pork, you should definitely try this dish! It's very delicious and comforting!

  • 2 lb pork, cut into bite-sized pieces about 1"x1"(I used country style ribs)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 *6oz. can pineapple juice 
  • 9 cloves garlic, minced (3 cloves for marinade and 6 cloves for sautéing)
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 8oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 medium-sized carrots, cubed
  • 3 potatoes, quartered
  • ½ cup green peas
  • ½ red or green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
1. Marinate the pork in soy sauce, pineapple juice and garlic for at least 1 hour. Drain the pork. Save the marinade.
2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté garlic in olive oil until light brown. Add onions and sauté until almost translucent. Add the pork. Saute until it turns light brown.
3. Add the marinade and tomato sauce. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until pork is almost tender. Season with salt and pepper to suit your taste.

4. Add the potatoes and bell peppers. Cover, lower heat to medium low and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Add green peas and carrots and simmer for 5 more minutes. From time to time, check to avoid drying and add water if necessary to attain the desired consistency of the sauce.

5. Remove from heat. Serve hot with steamed rice.


  1. i love afritada! Never tried it with pork, but I'll definitely try it. Looks so delicious :)

  2. It looks good, I'll bet it would be great either way with chicken or pork!

  3. Delicious Stew Tina. I was curious about the name first. Now I came to know that it a delicious stew.

  4. Sweet and sounr..the recipe sounds so delicious! I should make it when my husband will be gone :D

  5. Tina , your dish makes me drool ! lol I miss Afritada ! You remember that vermicelli with sardines post of yours ? I've cooked that dish several times already ! :D Thanks for sharing this easy recipe !

  6. Hi Tina, interesting recipe with pineapple juice, look so mouth watering. The combination look great.

    Have a nice day.

  7. I'm cooking it now.. minus the pineapple. Using a little sugar to take the edge off the acidic nature of tomato sauce and a little lemon juice just because I can... lol

  8. I like the sound of this pork dish...pineapple juice...yum! I like the idea of the tropical flavor :)
    Thanks for the recipe Tina and hope you are having a fantastic week!

  9. What a beautiful combination of flavours with pork in a stunning dinner :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. Pork is always a good choice for afritada because of the richer flavors that comes from the meat. This is making me hungry, Tina.

  11. Love the ingredients you've added to make this pork dish, dear! Always nice to see your cooking. Hope you're well. XOXO, Shirley

  12. Never tried afritada before, but it does sound really good. Pineapple and pork and just perfect together.

  13. The pineapple juice makes this recipe extra special to me. I love pineapple with pork, so putting the juice in the marinade just makes sense. What a wonderful and tasty meal!

  14. This dish was (and still is) one of my absolute favorites. It's a total meal in one, although I can't resist having rice to eat with it. Yours is so colorful.

  15. Finally tried cooking this dish last night and I love it! I posted a photo of it on facebook and it got lots of "likes" and comments. I made sure to mention that I got the recipe from your website.