Crazy for Callos: Pork Callos

7 months ago

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While callos is one of those dishes that require more time and effort than your usual toss-and-go meals, you’ll find that the finished product more than makes up for your long hours slaving over the stove. The flavors of the dish also get even better a day after reheating. It’s best enjoyed over a cup of steaming hot rice.



Makes 6-8 servings


5 slices Pork pata (choose big meaty portions)

Water for boiling

2 Large onions, chopped and divided

1 head Garlic, chopped plus 3 cloves more for the broth

1 pc Pork bouillon cube

Olive oil as needed

1 pc Pork tenderloin, sliced into thick strips

2 pcs Chorizo (Pamplona or El Rey), sliced

1/2 tsp Pimenton (Spanish paprika)

1 Small can or pack tomato paste (70g)

1 Big can chickpeas (garbanzos), skinned

1 can Bell pepper, sliced into strips

Salt and pepper

Cornstarch slurry, as needed


  1. Put the 5 slices of pork pata in a pressure cooker and cover with water. Add the 1 onion, 3 cloves of garlic, and 1 pork cube. Pressure cook until tender, about 30 minutes. When done, strain the broth, correct seasoning, and set aside.
  2. Separate the skin of the pata from meat. Scrape off fat from the skin and slice the skin into cubes. Slice the meat into cubes as well. Set aside.
  3. In a heavy pot, sauté the remaining onion and garlic in olive oil until soft and golden. Add the pork tenderloin pieces and sear until golden brown. Next add the chorizo, pimenton and cook 2 minutes. Mix in the tomato paste.
  4. Pour in 4 cups or the reserved pork stock, garbanzos, and bell pepper cook for 20 minutes to soften the tenderloin.
  5. When the tenderloin is soft, add the cubed pata meat and skin and cook for another 10 minutes to let the flavors meld. Add more broth if it seems dry or thicken with 1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 Tbsp water if too thin. Taste and adjust seasonings and serve hot.


Recipes by Christine Taylor Pelaez

Photographed by Mike Cuevas of Studio 100


More pork recipes here:

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Ginisang Gabi at Baboy

Stir Fried Pork Noodles

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