Pochero Recipe (Beef Stew with Tomato Sauce and Vegetables)

Delicious Beef Pochero
Delicious Beef Pochero

How to make Pochero or Puchero (Filipino food)

Beef, pork, or chicken can be used for Pochero dish.


1 kilo or 2.2 lbs beef brisket, cut into stewing pieces
enough water to cover meat
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 piece white onion, minced
1 piece tomato, minced
3 tablespoons cooking oil, preferably olive oil
½ cup tomato sauce
2 pieces potato, peeled and quartered
4 pieces ripe cooking bananas (saba or plantain), peeled, cut into 1-inch rings
½ cup garbanzos (chickpeas)
¼ cup chorizo (Spanish sausage), sliced into 1/4-inch rings
¼ kilo or ½ lb Chinese cabbage (bokchoy, pechay), or any cabbage, spinach, washed, cut into 2-inch pieces
salt and pepper to taste

Cooking directions:

Place the beef brisket and water in a pot. Simmer over medium heat until meat is tender. Remove meat from the liquid. Set aside the beef and stock.

Preheat pot with oil. Sauté the garlic, onion, and tomato over medium heat.

Add the beef brisket, sausage, tomato sauce, and reserved stock. Stir.

Add the potatoes, chickpeas, bananas. Simmer until the potatoes are half-cooked.

Add the cabbage or spinach and continue cooking until the bananas and potatoes are done.

Add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm. You may eat with rice and sauce either fish sauce (patis) and lime/lemon/calamansi juice dip.

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genrp 6 years ago from North Hollywood, CA, USA

wow! i love pochero.. i remember cooking it one time for my partner.. unfortunately, he didn't like it much.. but we ate everything though..hahahaha

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dyesebel10 6 years ago from USA Author

at least you tried and you love to cook for your partner.. practice makes perfect.. thanks genrp for stopping by.

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genrp 6 years ago from North Hollywood, CA, USA

yes that's right.. i'll be trying your leche flan recipe soon..

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dyesebel10 6 years ago from USA Author

great.. leche flan is my favorite dessert.. yummy... enjoy your leche flan.. thanks gen.

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a2z50 6 years ago

Very informative Hub I'd like to do what you do. I enjoy cooking ,but never take time to write down the exact ingredients.I usually add too many dashes and sprinkles of this and that and the other.Maybe you could lust e-mail a sample of the end results. LOL

Sounds like great food! Thank You!

And Keep on Hubbing! Also Rprcarz50

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dyesebel10 6 years ago from USA Author

Glad that you liked my hub, a2z50.. thanks for your comment.

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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

dyesebel may I please come over for dinner ? I am starving ! :)

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gramon1 6 years ago from Miami

OK, I know that correcting people's spelling is very nasty. In fact, I am a terrible speller, so people keep correcting me. Anyhow, I grew up eating "puchero", so reading the word "pochero" kind of tortures me. It is not that there aren't a few million people spelling it "pochero". However, I guess "pochero" looks to me as bad as "sumbrero" would look to most people.

This said, thanks for promoting the puchero. I am not familiar with your recipy. My mother used to make it with brisket, pork, chicken, potato, onions, green beans, garbanzos (chick peas), and carrots. It was delicious.

On the second day, she would boil rice in the puchero left-overs, and we would eat the best rice in the world.

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dyesebel10 6 years ago from USA Author

actually this recipe is spelled in many ways in our country Philippines.. it can also be putsero, potsero.. it's really delicious.. thanks gramon1 for stopping by.

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gramon1 6 years ago from Miami

The Philippines are very interesting, with what seems to me is a mixed of native, chinesse, and Spanish culture. When I watch Philippino movies, I am always surprised by Spanish or Spanish sounding words.

You also have very interesting martal arts.

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gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

Thanks, I have multicultural students and took this for a shared food day - they really loved it and I made a good impression - thanks so much!

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dyesebel10 6 years ago from USA Author

To gramon1, your observations are correct. We have some Spanish words in our language like mesa, lapiz, papel, etc. We were colonized by Spain for more than 300 years a long time ago. Thanks for the comment.

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dyesebel10 6 years ago from USA Author

To gramarye, I am flattered by what you said. Glad your students loved this food. Thanks.

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

dyesebel, pochero, I miss how my cook this one, i think you can teach me so much about recipe, ang sarap nito, hey, I have a big favor to ask from you,,,,I am sorry to bother you, hehe, my other account here at HP, was nominated for the health contest--- my other HubPages account name is alexandriaruthk, look at this site to vote, if you vote consider me, http://hubpages.com/health deadline for voting is until wednesday march 31, 12 pm, Cali time, YEHEY, thank you , means a lot to me, Morning, Maita

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dyesebel10 6 years ago from USA Author

Oops, sorry Maita, I missed the deadline. I wasn't able to check my messages this week. Kinda busy these days and I had visitors this weekend. Wish you good luck. Thank you for dropping by.

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Raitu Disong 3 years ago

Wow looks yummy!

Wonderful tips!. Thank you Dyesebel for sharing:)

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