Lazy Kitchen Ep. 3 (1-pot edition): Afritada

I think all one-pot dishes can be classified as lazy by a more diligent chef. 

If you’re stuck in quarantine, this is an easy one-pot recipe that only requires easy-to-find ingredients.

Introduction: Pork Afritada

I love Filipino food. Ours may not be the most photogenic cuisine in the world, but the food is always warm and filling. It’s the best thing (next to Japanese cuisine lol).

I especially love stews. Top on my list are Pork Sinigang (pork in sour tamarind soup) and Chicken or Pork Afritada (tomato-based meat stew). 

Since it’s quarantine season, I’ve decided to try my hand at assisting in the kitchen. This is my Ate Risa’s recipe for Pork Afritada or Afritadang Baboy, which always has me coming back for seconds. 

Pork Afritada Ingredients

In order of appearance

  • Cooking oil
  • Onion, maybe 1
  • Garlic, maybe 4 cloves
  • Tomato, maybe 2, definitely chopped
  • Vinegar, 1 tablespoon??
  • Soy sauce, 1 tablespoonp
  • Pepper
  • Pork, 1 kilo, cubed
  • Water
  • Potatoes, cubed
  • Carrots, cubed
  • Bell pepper, cubed
  • Tomato sauce, 80g??
  • Salt

Tomato-Based Pork Stew Recipe

Pork afritada is: budget-friendly, easy to make, cooks in one pan, ready in one hour, tasty, filling, and unfortunately great with steamed rice (so bad for my diet!) 

*cue heaven’s choir singing AAAAAHHHHHHH*

Prep time: In theory, 10 minutes. I wouldn’t know, as Ate Risa prepared everything beforehand. (Another reason why this counts as a lazy kitchen experience). 

Cook time: 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

  1. Saute garlic, onion and chopped tomato in cooking oil. 
  2. Add vinegar and soy sauce. Add pepper to taste. Allow to reduce for around 2 minutes. I say this like I know what reduce means. 
  3. Add the meat (read: yummy bite-size cubed pork). 
  4. Add 3 to 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil. 
  5. Lower heat. Allow to simmer for around 45 minutes until meat is tender. I love Afritada best when it literally melts in your mouth. 
  6. Add cubed potatoes, carrots, bellpepper. 
  7. Add magic sauce —Del Monte Quick ’n Easy Afritada Sauce. I honestly don’t know why we bothered with all the liquid ingredients earlier if we were just going to use a pre-made recipe mix anyway. I think I could have added actual tomato sauce in step 2 and call it a healthier day. 
  8. Salt to taste. Taste. 
  9. Wait a few more minutes for the potatoes and carrots to fully cook. 
  10. Enjoy eating! 
POOOOORK… is superior to beef. Fight me!!!
Yum yum yum with around 45 minutes of cooking to go. We added way too much water, sorry.

Why are there no measurements, you ask? Just feel it out. Cooking is all about feeling. Something like that. 

My other Lazy Kitchen posts had write-ups on calories and budget… but who has the will to do that in this economy. 

Honestly, don’t use my blog posts as a reference. I’m writing about my lazy kitchen experiences to show the world that if I could do it, anyone could do it. I am the bare minimum. 

Until next time! See my other lazy kitchen posts here.

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