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Pork Tocino Recipe (AIP)

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Last Updated on April 30, 2021


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 color I was looking for but it also pairs really well with it.

Beets are packed full of nutrition and here are 6 amazing things that happen to your body when you eat beets.

Yield: 4

Pork Tocino Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 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. 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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Friday 24th of January 2014

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.

Kelly Bejelly

Friday 24th of January 2014

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.


Sunday 19th of August 2012

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


Friday 17th of August 2012

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

Emily @FamilyNLifeLV

Thursday 16th of August 2012

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

Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins

Thursday 16th of August 2012

Now that looks delicious!

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