How To Cook Best Pork Giniling Guisado

A bowl of cooked chopped meat, soaked in tomato sauce, and topped with quail eggs, carrots, green peas, and potato chops sounds too hard to resist, right?Just by hearing or reading this, we’re pretty sure your stomach instantly craves rice and just wants to eat just like no tomorrow. 

Let us talk about filling in one’s stomach! Heavy indeed! 

Some people say that it is not pleasant in the eyes. They may be thinking that their 50-minute total time of preparation is just a waste. Hence, the dish result looks disgusting in a way. If you’re not a Filipino and it is your first time to see this dish on your dining table, you probably will not choose this as one of your choices as it looks disgusting even if it is presented well. Some people also tagged this dish as exotic but trying this dish won’t hurt you, right? We don’t know, maybe it’s your next favorite Filipino dish! Just don’t close doors first and give chance to this unresisting viand of all-season.Maybe randomly, it will constantly bug your tongue and beg you to eat them on a sunny day in your life. 

With this dish’s delightful, porky, and constant tomato-ey taste, it has secured a space, not only on Filipino’s dining table, but also in their hearts, and of course, in their stomachs as well. If this dish is learned correctly, those who said it’s a waste if you try to make this dish will take back what they’ve said and say that their total time of preparation is worth it. 

This type of dish can also be your children’s lunch to school, your husband or wife’s favorite food or your family’s go-to food whenever you are all stressed. The sauce tasted incredibly amazing. A safe haven can also be food and not a location. This simple recipe  will surely remove your stress and problems for a while! For a 50-minute total time of preparation, we guess, this dish can offer a lot.

What Is Pork Giniling Guisado?

We would probably find no Filipino who would contend that the recipe we’re talking about is one of the Philippines’ favorites and finest dishes. Any volunteers? We will surely agree with that! But first, what is this dish? This giniling dish uses pork as its main ingredient. It is a Spanish term that means braising or stewing meat with tomatoes, garlic, onions, and soy sauce. It may look easy to make this dish, but timing is everything. It would help if you were careful as it is crucial to check how much time it has already been heated as it will affect its total time preparation.

pork giniling guisado in a white bowl
(Photo Credits to: nutriasia)

Different Variants of Sauteed Pig’s Meat Giniling

Just like every dish that Filipinos enjoy, this dish also has its own varieties. Just a reminder that each variant’s preparation is not the same total time as the dish we’re talking about. It’s not always as constant as almost 1 hour. Different variations have a difference, indeed.

pork giniling guisado on a plate with rice
(Photo Credits to: kawalingpinoy)

With Egg Variant

Of course, it is the one that dominates each of everyone’s table, the one with Eggs. The thing with the quail egg variety is it really looks tempting because of the tiny blob-like eggs that float throughout the dish.

Having the usual chicken boiled egg in this dish is enough for a true heavy meal, but having small eggs with the dish and supplied generously by our trusty quails. It makes this dish more tempting in every bite.

Chicken Variant with Green Peas

If you prefer chicken over another, just change your meat to chicken and add green peas. It will not have a significant change in your recipe after all. You can just go back to making its famous variant if you didn’t like the outcome of the chicken option. The perfect catch here is you can judge which one is better or if they are just equal and both pleasant in your taste.

Beefless Ground (Vegan Alternative)

Ground meat, raisins, olives, and other ingredients that vary by region are the main elements of cooking ‘picadillo’. You may be thinking, “Huh? Picadillo? I thought we were talking about giniling?” Yes, picadillo. Giniling was actually a Filipino version of Picadillo, a Spanish and Latin American ground beef hash.Beef hash? Who also craves for corn beef? Let’s prepare for our dish so that we can smell and taste a sense of it. 

With beefless ground that you can find in the supermarket or even online markets, you can make a vegan version of this dish. Add it with some twist of ingredients that can satisfy your cravings. This different version can be tweaked a little but we think that the vibe, aroma, and taste will still be there. It is still a great recipe, though. Thanks to Beefless Ground that is a vegan alternative, our vegetarian friends out there will taste a sense of this dish.

Troubleshooting that can be done in a few minutes

Aside from being armed to the teeth with the knowledge about the ingredients of this dish and step by step process, an exceptional chef also prepares an arsenal of ‘troubleshooting skills’ ready to be deployed when unexpected things happen on their beloved dish. 

Here are the common mistakes that people make when making this classic Filipino favorite and pick. Here are the proper fixes you should do with them! Read on, Mr. and Ms. Troubleshooters!

What if it is too salty?

An oversalted food is not just unhealthy; it also tastes awful. If your dish turns out to be too salty, one of the perfect ways to fix it is to double or triple the recipe, without adding any salt!

Doubling or tripling your recipe will make your dish keep up with its own over saltiness, balancing the dish’s overall taste again. Saved! 

But to prevent over saltiness in your dish in the first place, make sure that only a little amount of salt is added as you prepare. Little by little and don’t pressure yourself. It is better to be safe than sorry, right? You should taste test the dish with every addition of salt. 

Too little salt is okay because you can always add some, but the trouble begins when too much salt is sprinkled onto what you are making because you cannot take the excess away.

What if the stew was burnt?

One of the common mistakes that people make when making this dish is forgetting to constantly stir their stew. Sounds like a tongue twister, huh? Just kidding. Let’s continue. As a result of not constantly stirring, the bottom of their pan starts to burn and turns black. It is not pleasant in the eyes, of course! And also to what you are trying to make.

When this happens, quickly remove the stew above the burnt part. Be careful not to scrape up the black parts while pouring what you are making into another pot.

These black pieces of stuff you see at the bottom of your pot are carcinogenic, which are bad for your health. Be careful not to include these kinds of stuff on your next pot.

What if you add the ingredients in the wrong order?

A great recipe’s step by step process is there for a reason – and it’s because of the flavor development.

Now you know that these arrangements have purpose, You should never neglect each step in a recipe, and these steps must be strictly followed. What you are following are not just mere orders but the desired flavor development of the recipe. 

Complete ingredients are not enough; chefs must keep in mind to follow a recipe’s step by step process. By not following the proper procedure, you’ll distort the desired taste that the recipe is aiming for.

Trivia for this Dish Recipe

Impress your guests with these surprising facts that would surely brighten up the conversation at the dinner table. This will also brighten the mood of everyone as the saying goes, “health is wealth.” With these facts in mind, we should also remember that eating moderately is the perfect action for getting the nutrients in every dish that we are eating. As cliche as it may sound, “too much love will kill you” or rather, in our case, “too much eating will kill you.” Wait! Don’t be too afraid, and we are just giving a warning! Here are some of the benefits of the ingredients.


Often, meat is always reduced by many because of its disadvantages. The ingredient that we’ll talk about is the dish’s main ingredient, its meat! As a warning again, these benefits are not to be used as an excuse to over consume, right? Okay, we think two warnings are enough.

Let us now look at the benefits that we can gain from this meat that most of us are not even aware of.


It certainly has gained a bad image all these years, but it can actually help build up our body’s growth and maintenance. Since it contains all the 9 essential amino acids necessary for our body’s growth, it can certainly repair muscles that can improve our strength even more. However, avoid eating this frequently as consuming it also has disadvantages.


You’ll probably have a second look with this one. Though glutathione is naturally produced in our body, high amounts of it can also be found in meat. We know what you’re thinking, but no, no, no, it’s still not an excuse to consume it in excess! There’s something good to look forward to with pork, but we guess your bad health is not something good to look forward to? We’re just kidding! We don’t want to scare all of you.

Tips when making this recipe


Don’t use not fresh produce. In terms of produce, using fresh , instead of the traditional tomato sauce “in tetra packs,” you can give your dish a sauce with a thin and light texture, and not to mention, a healthier dose of vitamins!  Avoid using rotten tomatoes; it will become soggy when heated and ruin the overall dish. Moreover, it will also lessen total time preparation given that  flesh is firm.

TIP #2 MAKE UNIFORM CUTS                                                                               

To be sure that you can achieve even cooking on your veggies, cut both potatoes and carrots in a uniform size. As irrelevant as it may sound, it plays a big part in ensuring the overall quality of your dish. If you are not used to chopping finely and worrying it may affect the total time of preparation, think about the savoury dish that your dish can offer you if you follow the instructions correctly. Avoid cutting them big. It will not offer the best of its flavours.


The chances of cross-contaminations are high if you cut the meat first before the veggies. To avoid cleaning your cutting boards again and again and reduce the chances of contamination, you should cut the veggies first.


There are people who make the mistake of preparing  their ingredients as they cook their dish. By doing this, they unknowingly reduce their dish’s chances to be as tastier as it can be.

What’s worse, this ‘as-you-go’ preparation will just be a burden and can ruin the taste of your dish. Besides, don’t think of your total time preparation. Just think of your overall dish and its result if you try to multitask.

Best Served With

Your oh-so-delicious dish can be so much better with these equally delicious partners! 

Savory or sweet fried plantains

It is starchy and resembles potatoes in flavor. This is why it is one of the perfect complementary foods for this dish. With this type of fried food, your dish will serve as a filling.

Pineapple cubes

With the sweetness of pineapple cubes, there’s no doubt it is a perfect fruit on the side. There are also recipes on the interweb that pineapple cubes are already combined with the dish. It will just affect its total time preparation, but if you like pineapple cubes in your dish, why not go through the hassle?


Cucumber is a watery fruit. With the greasiness that your dish offers, cucumber can balance it all out.

Shrimp paste

Some people preferred shrimp paste with almost everything. This can also add flavor to your already delicious and hot dish.


This dish can be filling in every bread that you know. Adding cabbage can balance its flavors and will help your dish to slow it down and just accompany whatever bread that you choose to eat.


This sausage can really spice up your dish. It is fatty and highly seasoned. If you still want to eat more meat regardless of your dish being meat, go for it! This ingredient or side dish addition is for those who are feeling extra.

Bread rolls or tasty bread

It doesn’t need an explanation. Bread roll or tasty bread works well with this dish!

Pinch of cumin

Using this as one thing to spice up your dish can be very helpful and tasty at the same time. This condiment increases antioxidant intake, promotes digestion, provides iron, may improve blood sugar, and may reduce food-borned illnesses. It might look like a pinch of cumin can do nothing, but it’s small but terrible. It has a warm, earthy, slightly peppery flavor and aroma, and no wonder it works in every dish you may imagine.


Aren’t the mushrooms a perfect addition to every pork dish  plate? Just like a potato, it can also sip the tastiness of your dish without risking its flavor. It is savory and nutritious.

Chicken wings

If you’re not into rice or you’re just merely on a diet, then go for chicken wings! Nothing goes wrong with chicken wings. This pork dish will surely be a perfect combination with your pieces of chicken wings.


Despite being tagged as exotic by some people, trying this hearty pork dish can surely satisfy your cravings one way or another. Giving it a try will just cost you a little money but if it turned out that you liked it, is it worth it? We think, yes. Don’t lose your opportunity to try this type of dish. It is just impeccable! It may or may not look pleasing to your eyes but come on, this is loved by many, why won’t you try? It is simple, yes, but the flavor of this dish will never disappoint you! Its total time of preparation is almost 1 hour. After that, you’ll already taste your very own version of this dish. On behalf of Eat like Pinoy, we thank all the master chefs in the past, the ones who invented this kind of dish. So what are you waiting for? Enjoy yours!

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Superb Pork Giniling Guisado Recipe

Perfectly seasoned ground pork complemented with cubes potatoes, carrots, and bell pepper. A perfect dish for the whole family.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword Giniling, Giniling na Baboy, Ground Pork, Picadillo, Pork
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 39kcal
Cost $5 – $20


  • 1/2 1 lb Ground Pork
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 2 pcs Potatoes
  • 1 pc Carrot diced
  • 1 pc Bell Pepper diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 medium Onion minced
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Green Peas


  • Heat oil in a frying pan, sauté the garlic and onion.
  • Put the ground pork and mix it for 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the water, and then add crushed pepper, potatoes, and carrots then mix
  • After mixing, put the tomato sauce. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until the carrots and potatoes are already cooked.
  • Now, toss in the bell pepper and green peas and mix until bell pepper is tender.
  • Serve while hot and enjoy!


Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 387IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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