Pork Tocino Recipe

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Growing up we called this dish sweet meat and I had no idea that it was called Pork Tocino until a reader asked if I would share my family recipe.  I also learned that this dish is normally served for breakfast with garlic  rice.   This was always made for dinner when I was a kid  and I’m pretty sure my mom would whip this up with plain rice and canned green beans.     We did have garlic rice for breakfast with eggs and spicy sausage – oh yum – but not with Pork Tocino.

I’ve told Mr. Bejelly about sweet meat for years and he finally got to taste it last weekend  when I recreated it for this recipe.   I did make one change to my ma’s recipe.  I added one beet to try to recreate the crazy neon color this stuff usually is.  I didn’t want to use red food coloring.  Interestingly enough, the beet gave it some of the color I was looking for but it also pairs really well with it.



Pork Tocino Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Kelly Bejelly @ A Girl Worth Saving


  • 1 small onion peeled and diced
  • 1 lb pork cutlets chopped into 2" pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 pieces small beet I used 1/2 a yellow and red beet, peeled and diced into small
  • 3 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper


  1. In a pan over medium high heat, melt the coconut oil and add the chopped onion and pork. Let it cook for 4 minutes and then add the Celtic Sea salt, black pepper, apple cider vinegar and honey. Mix thoroughly and cover the pan. Cook it on medium low covered for 15 minutes and then add the chopped beet. Cover again and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Enjoy

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  1. Zipporah Sandler August 13, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I love pork and this is a dish that I’ve never maid. I’m not on the paleo diet, but it looks great for anyone.

  2. Colleen August 13, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Another appetizing meal.

  3. Laurel August 13, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I am the person who requested the recipe for tocino and I want to thank you so much for sharing it with me and the rest of your fans. I had been using a mix from Mama Sita, but I much prefer using fresh ingredients. The use of a beet is pure genius! Thanks again for your kindness and thoughtfulness.

    1. Kelly Bejelly August 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Thank you Laurel. I hope that you enjoy it!

  4. April August 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Looks great, been reading a bit on this diet too, my hubby just started up his diet and exercise again 100% call me a trainer now LOL.

  5. Karen August 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    This looks really good. I would, however, leave out the beet.

    1. Kelly Bejelly August 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      The beet is completely optional. I was just trying to get the color closer to a traditional Tocino recipe.

  6. Mom Foodie August 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I do a pork in a sweet vinegar sauce sometimes with pickled peppers. I think I would like this, as it is sort of in the same vein.

    1. Kelly Bejelly August 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Oh, I’d love to try your recipe. Do you have a link?

  7. Connie Seattle Mom Blogger August 13, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a beet that wasn’t pickled and bright red. I guess I need to try some new vegetables! Great looking dish!

  8. Tammy August 14, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Looks really good and easy to make.

  9. Donna August 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I’ve never heard of this dish before. I do love pork, so I’ll definitely be giving it a try!

  10. Gary Conway August 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    This looks so good and really simple. I love pork so got to give this one a try.

  11. Billie August 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I’ve never heard of this, it sounds delicious.

  12. MomStart (Ashley) August 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    You really have some GREAT sounding recipes. This just adds to them.

  13. Jennifer August 15, 2012 at 9:32 am

    yum! I have been looking for a new pork recipe

  14. Kathleen August 16, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    This looks delicious. I usually don’t cook a lot of pork, but I would like to try adding more to our diet.

  15. Emily @FamilyNLifeLV August 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    YUM! Looks great, I dont’ think I’d eat it for breakfast, but it looks good!

  16. debra August 17, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Not a big pork eater but this looks like a great recipe.

  17. Toni August 19, 2012 at 3:07 am

    YUM! i am always looking for ways to cook pork. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Grant January 24, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Looks yummy, I will be making it tonite, How is it orangey looking in the picture though? I has beet in it and should be dark red or even purple not orange….One of those exotic orange beets perhaps? I know they come in all colors these days.

    1. Kelly Bejelly January 24, 2014 at 10:46 am

      If you use a red beet it will be pretty pink. I had both orange and red beets which made for a strange color, lol.


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