Pochero Recipe

This well-loved Filipino stew is made with meat, tomatoes, and saba bananas.

There are so many ways to make a good pochero recipe. It can get confusing trying to decide which recipe to use. It begs the question: 

How do you make pochero? 

This Filipino stew incorporates ingredients such as tomatoes, saba bananas, and bok choy to make it a satisfying and hearty meal. The bananas and a little sugar add a sweet flavor to the dish, making it a delicious surprise. Plus, this recipe makes use of all its meaty variations – pork, beef, and chicken – so you don’t have to choose!

This is the perfect dish to make for your next weekend lunch. Serve it with a steaming cup of white rice.

Pochero Recipe

Mira Angeles
This well-loved Filipino stew is made with meat, tomatoes, and saba bananas.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4


Pochero Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 piece onion diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/2 kilo pork (use country-style boneless ribs or pork belly), cut into 1-1/2 cubes
  • 1/2 kilo Beef (use chuck or brisket), cubed
  • 1/2 kilo Chicken cut into small parts
  • 2 pieces tomatoes diced
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (patis)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 pieces Potatoes quartered and then halved
  • 1 can Tomato sauce
  • 3-4 pieces banana plantain
  • 1 bunch Bok Choy (Chinese leafy cabbage) baby or regular-sized
  • 1 head cabbage
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 pieces eggplant grilled


  • Heat the oil in a deep pot. Sauté the onion for a minute and then add the garlic. Add the pork cubes, beef and chicken. Stir in the tomatoes and continue to cook until all the meat have browned.
  • Pour in the fish sauce. Let it simmer for about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the water and bring to a boil. Simmer while the pot is covered until all the meat is tender (about 30 to 40 minutes).
  • Add the potatoes and tomato sauce. Stir. Simmer again for about 5-6 minutes. Season according to your taste by adding either salt or more fish sauce.
  • Add the sliced saba and continue to cook until bananas are tender. Add the Bok choy leaves and cabbage, turn off the heat and cover. Let it stand for about 5 minutes.
  • Serve with diced eggplant and fish bagoong on the side.
Keyword Filipino dish recipe, pochero recipe, classic
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