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Tocino or tosino is a sweetened cured pork dish that is traditionally served for breakfast by the Filipinos. A native delicacy that is similar to the cured hams, commonly reddish in color and tastes sweet. There were some versions of tocino that used chicken meat. It's name came from the Spanish word, tocino, which is used to describe cured meat.


Making Pork Tocino at Home


  • 2 lbs. of pork/pork chops or red loin with fat (slice it into 1/4 inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons of anise wine
  • 2 tablespoon of annatto water
  • 2 tablespoon of salt
  • 4 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon of saltpeter (salitre)
  • cooking oil


First, combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl except for the pork. Then, sprinkle the mixture to the pork, make sure that in is evenly distributed. Pile the pork inside the container with a cover and refrigerate for 3 days to cure the pork.


Cooking the tocino is simpler than preparing it, just put a little water in a frying pan, then add the pork and let it fry until it is done.

Making Chicken Tocino


  • 1000 grams of Chicken breast or drumstick

For the extender:

  • 1 teaspoon of carageenan dissolved ib 1/4 cup of water

For the curing mix:

  • 1 tablespoon or 12 grams of refines salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon or 2 grams of curing salt
  • 1 teaspoon of phosphate dissolved in 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Vitamin C powder

For the Seasoning:

  • 9-12 tablespoon of refined sugar
  • 2 tablespoon of chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon of anisado wine
  • 1/4 cup of pineapple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vetsin
  • 1-2 teaspoon of food color (allura red) dissolve in 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of meat enhancer


Prepare the ingredients for curing mix, extenders and seasonings. Mix the meat with the curing mix until it dries up, then add the carageenan with 1/4 cup of water and mix again with the seasonings. Cure in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.


Tocino is often served for breakfast with egg and rice. This meal is later called tocilog or a shortcut for tocino at itlog. Became of the favorite breakfast meals of the Filipinos not just at home but also served in restaurants and fast foods.

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