How To Make The Best Pork And Beans Recipe

Pork and beans are known to be one of the most famous breakfast meals served in some restaurants. Many Filipinos have known baked beans and pig meat as one of those canned goods available in the supermarkets and groceries. But despite being known, most of us don’t even know how this is made. Today we will take you on a special mission to bring this recipe to life and cook your homemade swine flesh and frijoles.

Baked Beans, as one of its main ingredients, are not appreciated by many. But even though some still don’t like the idea of their food having baked beans as an ingredient, we will make you understand it with this recipe and help you make baked beans and swine flesh.

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Whether you’re a frijole lover or not, this article will still be perfect for you and others taste buds because we will make this meal extraordinary and palatable that even the little ones will love too. We will teach you easy and simple steps and give a new taste to achieve homemade baked beans and a swine flesh meal still in Filipino cooking style.

Breakfast meals are not only for breakfast, just like this baked beans and swine flesh recipe that can also be an excellent idea for lunch or even dinner. Moreover, in this article, you will learn more about baked beans and swine flesh, the tasty and healthy benefits it can bring us, the calories in it, some knowledge about its ingredients, and what other food may be best served with it. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started cooking baked beans and swine flesh and bringing recipes like this on a whole new level that all the family members will surely love and enjoy. 

What is Pork and Beans Recipe

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Pork meat and baked beans, usually with a more specific name and variations such as Fabada Asturiana, Olla podrida, or American canned swine flesh and baked beans, is one of the recipes that uses actual swine flesh and baked beans as its main ingredient. It is believed to be established in the American diet by the mid of the 19th century. 

Swine flesh and baked beans paved its way and were commercially introduced in cans sometime around 1880, making it the first convenience food available in the market. It is more famous for being in an excellent canned form and in ready-to-eat packages that are now sold worldwide, conquering every country with different variants they have reached the Philippines and is now loved by many Pilipino.

This recipe contains ingredients that can be easily found in the wet markets near you or even in groceries if you prefer too. From the name of the recipe itself, swine flesh and baked beans are the essential ingredients. Aside from that, tomato sauce, garlic, onions, pepper, cornstarch, salt, and sugar also complete recipes like this. You don’t have to be a professional chef to pull this off. 

The most common way of preparing recipes like this is through baking. Baked Beans with crunchy bacon is one of the most served dishes in the 19th century to Americans. Before, they used salted pork or fat. Nowadays, they use bacon because it has that crunch and exceptional salty taste. 

Is Pork and Bean Recipe good and healthy? Chefs’ Stars The Benefits

First things first are to ensure that all your ingredients are ready and prepared before cooking recipes like this. Ensure to have it ready to assume that we will be serving it for the whole family since we Filipinos love to cook for our families. So here are the pig meat and beans ingredients are as follow below:

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  • Our main ingredients should be the first ones ready on the list: Pig meat and Beans. Pork should be cut into small pieces or strips, while white beans to be used must be all cooked. Ensure to buy the fresh ones in choosing pork. You can also have bacon for extra meat. It is too crunchy and goes well with the tenderness of the baked beans.
  • A tablespoon of cooking oil is needed to sauté minced garlic and onion until golden brown and is rich in aroma. The garlic and onion give flavor and taste to recipes like this. It is mentioned in other recipes too.  
  • Next, the black pepper and salt to give it a taste. 
  • Tomato sauce is also added to the mixture. Tomato sauce is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, antioxidant lycopene, and many health benefits, including reduced risk of cancer and heart disease.
  • Also, white beans should be cooked beforehand before starting this recipe. White beans are packed with fiber and protein and folate, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B1 essential and excellent for the body. 

So, are pig meat and beans best for you? Given that it is composed of a small number of ingredients to complete the meal, swine flesh and beans still have a lot to offer, even just having these said ingredients. Swine flesh, as one of its main components, is high in protein and other essential vitamins and minerals. Chefs usually recommend this meal as a breakfast because it gives that fulfilling effect that you need every morning. 

On the other hand, Beans are generally rich in fiber, which is good and aids in digestion and helps maintain one’s body weight. In addition to that, tomato sauce, which is included in our ingredients, has high amounts of lycopene, vitamin C, and E, all of which are essential to having a healthy body. 

You would never think of how healthy recipes like these can be most, especially if you cook it on your own, unlike with the canned preparations and ready-to-eat packs having preservatives to prolong the food’s shelf life. Homemade meals are way more nutritious and safe to eat because you’re the one who will cook it. Most notably, some are very conscious of what food they will eat and on a diet.

 If you would ask, are baked beans and swine flesh healthy? Yes, it is. Baked beans and swine flesh have excellent benefits in keeping us healthy and keeping up from our day to day lives. Here are some of them explained below. 

  • Protein that is high in swine flesh can help build and repair tissues inside our bodies. It also supplies our body with enough energy that we use in our daily lives. As one of the main ingredients of recipes like this, Swine flesh is also an excellent source of nutrients such as Vitamin B6, phosphorus, zinc, and potassium.
  • Fiber, folate, vitamin B1 and protein as well are said to be found in white beans. Fiber packed legumes such as white beans help have a faster metabolism, suitable for weight loss. White beans are also loaded with cancer-fighting dietary fiber than those with the red beans that, if taken by eating them, can reduce the risk of cancers, including brain aneurysms. They are also packed with flavonoids that are believed to slow cancer cell growth and other inflammation.
  • High amounts of lycopene found in tomato sauce are antioxidants with many excellent health benefits, including good heart health, protection from the sun, and lower risks of getting cancer. Having said to have antioxidant properties, it helps to have more glowing skin and boost eye health. Tomatoes, where tomato sauce is made of, are excellent vitamin C sources, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.

Troubleshooting The Pork And Bean Recipe: Cook It Close To A Chef

Although recipes like this homemade baked beans and swine flesh are relatively easy to cook and don’t require complicated setups and modes of preparation and cooking, we might still encounter some failures. But you don’t need to worry since here are some techniques that chefs usually recommend that you can use if unintentional mistakes are to be made:

Adjust the Condiments of the Recipe

Our recipes can be easily adjusted if the outcome may turn into a bit bland or too salty. If the taste results to be flat, you can add some condiments depending on where the flavor lacks. May it be in sweetness or saltiness. Then, make sure to cook it thoroughly to ensure that the adjustments will be infused perfectly to recipes like this.

Add Water or Sugar to the Recipe

If recipes like this result in a little saltier than expected, just add the right amount of water to adjust until it reaches your desired taste. Sugar can also be added to adjust the sweetness level in contradiction to recipes’ saltiness like this.

These simple minor adjustments will surely make your finished product a better outcome. 

Good Trivia of Pork and Beans Recipe

Recipes like this are five stars in the rating when it comes to being nutritional. Recipes like this have many excellent health benefits, in addition to that is its calorie content. The calorie content of swine flesh and frijoles has 260 calories or less per serving.

 It is generally high in fiber and low in fat and a small amount of cholesterol. Even if you are a bit conscious of your body and try to lose weight, it is still recommended most, especially if you need to follow a 2,000-calorie diet per day, the standard calorie intake per day. 

Furthermore, converting recipes like this to a baked one is healthier because baked recipes have fewer fats than fried or seared ones. 

Another trivia is that they do not consume too many frijoles over dinner. Frijoles are packed with fiber and proteins that, when overeaten, will wreak havoc in your stomach. It will give gas pains as well. We know recipes like this are superb in flavor but eat in moderation to avoid indigestion, especially during dinner time.

Did you also know that pig meat and frijoles can be cooked as desserts as well? Quite shocking, but, yes, there are tons of desserts that you can make with the combination of pork and beans. One example would be cooking a cake. We usually know cake as a sweet dessert, but infusing it with these main ingredients would be a bomb on your dessert plate. 

Another thing if you are going to transform this recipe into a sweet one. Then, bacon is a significant component to add since it opens a bridge to those who don’t have a very sweet tooth. Adding bacon will make everyone love this transformed recipe. 

New Tips To Cook This Pork And Bean Recipe Like A Chef

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There are a lot of different kinds of beans that can be used in recipes like this. And while you’re in the search for finding the right bean in the grocery, you might be confused about what kind you need to get because of the different names you will be encountering. Given that those beans are all “white beans,” they are still from different types and varieties. The following information opens an excellent opportunity to learn about frijoles. 

New Navy Pork and Bean

These are the beans that regular canned swine flesh and beans usually contain. But it still varies from company-to-company what they will be using. Navy beans are perfect when cooked in a very soft consistency and ideal for homemade soups and stews.

Great Northern Pork and Beans 

These beans are ready to go if you’re looking for a rich flavor and are medium in size that can work in almost any recipe you may think of. 

Cooked Cannellini Pork with Beans

These kinds of a bean are the largest of the three with a much thinner and smooth skin and are very common in Italian cooking.

You can also enjoy this recipe with big slices of bacon prepared in the oven. As per the Pioneer Woman, Baked beans served in with strips of thick bacon, dijon mustard, bell pepper, onion, and barbecue dressing is a winner in the kitchen. Pioneer woman also emphasizes that bacon gives recipes like this an interesting texture. Bacon has that crunchy and salty taste that goes well with any recipe. Also, bacon can be a savory or sweet component.   

Best Serve With This Recipe: Make It Like A Chef

Swine flesh and beans are ample and enjoy solo, but having a partner is even better. Food will be better when it complements the taste with what it is best served with. Recipes like this are diverse and distinct; there are other ways to enjoy this delicious and healthy meal! Here are some to share with you, and why not give it a try at home. Once you pair it up with the following excellent partners over dinner, diners will have stars shining in their eyes upon seeing this. The following are what we think can be partnered and shared with a delicious bowl of swine flesh and beans:

Oven-Baked Bread or Pandesal

Baked Beans and swine flesh are best known to be one of the favorite recipes to have for breakfast. Hot pandesal is perfect for its saucy texture and can also serve as a spread. We know this is a breakfast meal, but why not enjoy it over dinner for a change. Besides, eating less over dinner time is great for the digestive system. 

Oven-prepared bread and oven-baked beans go well together. If you add crunchy bacon as well, that will be a superb meal. Why not just stuff them all together in the oven? What a great idea! Another meal was born from recipes like this. 

Newly cooked Omelet

Recipes like this Egg with swine flesh and beans could be a perfect combination for those who don’t want a heavy breakfast but still wish to have a healthy one. The creamy tomato sauce of recipes like this matches perfectly to an over-easy cooked egg. It will taste heaven as you break the yolk of the egg and mix it with the dressing. 

You can also add bacon to this because It opens a different experience to recipes of this kind. Besides, who could resist the crispness of bacon on any recipe? 

Warm rice

Since we Filipinos love to eat everything with rice, it is absolutely a match with baked beans and swine flesh! Filipinos pairing any recipe to rice is not something new. Besides, who wouldn’t want a bowl of rice for any recipes? 

Spaghetti with Yummy Sauce

Its saucy texture with baked beans and swine flesh as its main ingredient can serve as an alternative dressing when cooking spaghetti. This combination is not new to some, but still, it is very delicious to try. You can also dice bacon for garnish. Quite salivating, right? Then add more sliced bacon to this beans side recipe. 

Oven-Baked Pizza

Why not experiment and have it in your own homemade oven prepared pizza! Oven-baked Pizza has always been so enjoyable; that’s why we’re sure that it will be worth the try. Also, oven-prepared pizza is an all in one recipe when you add the recipe as its toppings. Dice bacon will also give side recipes like this an exciting flavor. 

Beef Caldereta

Bring this classic meal to a whole new level by adding a twist and extra flavor with your baked beans and swine flesh. It will surely give the new recipes more flavorful and tastier! The propensity of making recipes like this is a hundred percent. The beef’s tenderness combined with the rich taste of recipes like this is a match made in heaven.

It also opens a gate of innovativeness since locals are not familiar with recipes like this. Once you serve it with your guest, the propensity of mazing them will be at the roof, knowing for sure, with the guide of this article, that you will nail easy recipes like this. 

Taco and Baked Beans

It would be perfect for making it as your dip for more flavor and sauce with a crunchy taco. Your kids or younger siblings will love and appreciate this combination since children love to eat chips or crunchy food, so why not prepare a healthier one and give it a shot.

You can also infuse/cook this recipe with BBQ flavored bacon to add a new and different depth of flavor to recipes like these. BBQ flavor has a tangy taste. Still, it depends on your preference, whether you like it, smoky BBQ flavor, sour BBQ flavor, or sweet BBQ flavor. Either of them goes well with this recipe. You can also add ground beef to this recipe for that extra bite. Besides, ground beef goes well with tacos—another new innovation for this already innovative recipe. Bacon and the tenderness of the meat will give this taco recipe a winner. 

Cheesy Mac and Frijoles

Now, this is everyone’s favorite. That creamy, decadent Mac N’ Cheese infused with this menu will make your diners go crazy. It may sound odd but believe us when we say that this is a perfect combination. 

To create this dish, just follow the instructions for mac n’ cheese. The only twist will be when infusing the frijole menu. Just add it when you are on the step of searing the cheeses and meat for the mac n’ cheese. 

Baby Potato Chili

Want to satisfy your spicy craving with this menu? Then this way of serving this dish is perfect for you. This is a hearty menu because of the baby potatoes and the frijoles, but who wouldn’t want to be full will have a delicious meal. 

To prepare this dish, simply follow the instructions for the menu Baby Potato Chili. 

Creamy Chicken Ala King

When two menus combine, then that is happiness on a plate. We all know that chicken ala king is famous for its decadent and rich paste. Infusing it with this menu will create a dynamic flavor that you will surely crave every day. 

To create this dish, just prepare it like the usual chicken ala king, then add the pig meat and frijoles once the chicken ala king is already done. This is to avoid having the frijoles to overdone that it will break apart.  

Warm Butter with Pancetta

Butter is the supreme appetizer to everyone. Incorporating it with this menu and a slice of pancetta will elevate this menu. We know butter is not applicable for those on a diet, but the combination of these two will excite your stomach on your cheat day. 

Extra Ham, Pancetta, and Sausages

This menu might have that pig meat already, but adding these three salted pig types of meat will elevate the menu even more. Who wouldn’t like more spoonfuls of pig meats? We know this will turn you to thrive on cooking this menu right away. 


Nothing goes wrong with having coleslaw on the side. It cleanses the palate after eating a rich menu. Furthermore, it serves as the healthy green side for this menu. 

Coleslaw is very nutritional because it is packed with breast cancer-fighting vitamins, Vitamin K, and Antioxidants. Besides, it also has essential fatty acids that our body needs. 


The sour taste of the sauerkraut will help finish a meal in a very refreshing way. Its sour taste will compliment very well with our menu. Besides, it is also healthy because it has Vitamin C and Vitamin K. It also has live bacterias, dietary fibers, and is safe to eat every day. 

Crusty Bread and Mustard

Spread some of this menu over the crusty bread and mustard, and you will achieve a great sandwich to die for. This meal’s rich tomato gravy will surely soften that crusty bread and complement well to the mustard. 

This one is good for snacking at your pad or with friends over a picnic. Pair it up with orange juice, and everything will be perfect.

Conclusion: New advice for Home Cooks

Now, we’re sure that you’ll love to have swine flesh and frijoles not just for breakfast but for lunch and even dinner. Some tips on enjoying and appreciating recipes like this that even your little ones will love to have. Given that it contains many health benefits, such as having vitamins and minerals essential and great for your body. 

We hope that we renewed how you think of this meal and supported all the things you need to know about it. We are sure you would like to try this now as you have learned how to cook swine flesh and frijoles. There are tons of ways to prepare it like Oven-prepared or merely sticking to the original. Just choose which suits your liking. 

As we now close another salivating article, we hope you will cook your homemade baked beans and swine flesh. Now, this article opens a great challenge to your kitchen to prepare yummy recipes like these. Enjoy it with your family as a sumptuous and healthy meal! We love making people’s lives a little easier by helping you share simple recipes with straightforward steps you can surely tag along and, very informative.

Make sure to give it your best shot on how to make swine flesh and frijoles in your version and share it with us what your family thinks of it. Happy, delicious, and healthy cooking!

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Best Homemade Pork and Beans Recipe

Are you tired of the usual menu in the can? Then prepare yourself some homemade menu like this that will surely excite your kitchen table.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword Pork Recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 609kcal
Cost $5-$20


  • 1 lb Pork Meat cut into strips
  • 1 lb White Beans cooked
  • 1 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup Sugar light brown
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 pc Onion diced


  • Heat oil in a cooking pot.
  • Add onions and garlic. Cook until softened and golden brown.
  • Then put-in the pork, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour in water and simmer for 20 minutes.
    Note: lower the heat when it's boiling already.
  • Add tomato sauce and cooked white beans. Cover and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Then put-in the sugar and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Serve while hot! Enjoy.


Calories: 609kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 691mg | Potassium: 1176mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 6mg
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