Cheesy Pork Caldereta

There is no better combination than cheese and tomato. There is a good contrast between the slightly sweet and savory flavor of tomato sauce and the salty quality of cheese, as demonstrated by dishes such as pizza and spaghetti. If we were to apply this to a Filipino favorite, what would happen? If you are seeking for a meaty and flavorful stew to serve for lunch or supper, this Cheesy Pork Caldereta is the perfect recipe to prepare and serve.

What is Cheesy Pork Caldereta?

I would say that this recipe is basically your classic caldereta but with somewhat of an upgrade, especially for people who love cheese. Our Cheesy Pork Caldereta has plenty of grated cheddar cheese to really add some thickness and of course, cheesiness to the stew. But another thing that really sets this apart is the use of pork ribs. These make our dish even more filling and meaty.

Aside from pork, caldereta is commonly made using beef. One of my favorites is the pulutan style.

How to Cook Cheesy Pork Caldereta

air fry the potatoes and carrots

Kick things off by putting your potatoes and carrots in a container, and sprinkling in some salt. Toss these together to distribute the salt evenly. Afterwards, air fry the potatoes and carrots at 350 °F for 12 minutes.

boil the pork ribs

As you are waiting, you can already start boiling 2 cups of water in a cooking pot. Then place your pork ribs inside. Keep this boiling for 3 minutes, and then discard your water. Set the pork aside.

saute the pork ribs

Let’s pour our cooking oil into a clean cooking pot, and apply some heat. Once the oil gets hot, you can add your garlic. Sauté this until it browns, and then put your onion inside as well. Keep cooking these until the onion softens.

Now we can integrate our pork ribs from earlier. Just sauté the meat until it becomes light brown. Then pour your soy sauce inside, and cook everything up for just 1 minute. Finally, let’s add our tomato sauce as well, along with 2 cups of water. Wait for this to boil.

tenderize the pork

When the liquid begins boiling, you can toss in your Knorr Pork Cube. Then cover your cooking pot, and adjust your heat to a simmer. We will just keep this cooking until the pork is nice and tender. In my experience, this would take around 45 to 60 minutes.

add the green peas and bell peppers
add the carrots and potato along with the other seasonings

Let’s get a bit more flavor involved by adding liver spread. Stir this into the mixture. Also integrate some tomato paste. Afterwards, you can place your bell peppers, carrots, potatoes, and green peas inside. Cook everything for 2 minutes. Then you can also put your cheese and Knorr Liquid Seasoning inside the pot. Let’s keep cooking for 2 minutes. Just sprinkle in your salt and ground black pepper afterwards, and that’s it!

add cheese to caldereta
how to cook kaldereta

How to Serve Cheesy Pork Caldereta

Wasn’t able to finish your caldereta in one go? No problem since you can store this easily. In fact, the proper method for storage is similar to most Filipino meat stews. Simply let your caldereta cool down to room temperature. And then put this in an airtight container, which we will then refrigerate. You can expect this to remain good for consumption for around 4 days.


  • 3 lbs. pork ribs see note 1
  • 1 piece Knorr Pork Cube
  • 1 teaspoon Knorr Liquid Seasoning
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese grated
  • ¼ cup liver spread see note 2
  • 1 piece red bell pepper
  • 1 piece green bell pepper
  • ¾ cup green peas
  • 2 pieces potatoes diced
  • 2 pieces carrots diced
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 piece onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper


  • Sprinkle salt on the potatoes and carrots. Toss to distribute. Air fry these at 350F for 12 minutes. Set aside.
    2 pieces potatoes, 2 pieces carrots
  • Boil 2 cups water in a cooking pot. Add the pork ribs. Continue boiling for 3 minutes. Discard the water and set the pork aside.
    3 lbs. pork ribs, 4 cups water
  • Heat 3 tablespoons of cooking oil in a clean cooking pot. Sauté the garlic until it starts to brown. Add the onion and continue cooking until it softens.
    1 piece onion, 4 cloves garlic, 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Add the pork ribs. Sauté it until it turns light brown.
    3 lbs. pork ribs
  • Pour the soy sauce. Continue cooking for 1 minute.
    3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Add the tomato sauce and 2 cups of water. Let it boil.
    8 ounces tomato sauce
  • Add Knorr Pork Cube. Cover the cooking pot. Adjust the heat to a simmer. Continue cooking until the pork tenderizes. Note: this usually take between 45 to 60 minutes.
    1 piece Knorr Pork Cube
  • Stir-in the liver spread and add tomato paste.
    ¼ cup liver spread, 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Put-in the bell peppers, carrots, potatoes, and green peas. Add Continue cooking for 2 minutes.
    1 piece red bell pepper, ¾ cup green peas, 2 pieces potatoes, 2 pieces carrots, 1 piece green bell pepper
  • Add the cheese and Knorr Liquid Seasoning. Cook for 2 minutes.
    1 teaspoon Knorr Liquid Seasoning, ½ cup cheddar cheese
  • Season with salt and ground black pepper.
    Salt and ground black pepper
  • Serve. Share and enjoy!


Note 1 : (pork ribs) other cuts of pork can be used. I like using either pork shoulder or pork belly when making caldereta.Note 2 : (liver spread) liver pate can be used as an alternative ingredient

Nutrition Information

Calories: 957kcal (48%) Carbohydrates: 14g (5%) Protein: 51g (102%) Fat: 77g (118%) Saturated Fat: 24g (120%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g Monounsaturated Fat: 30g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 262mg (87%) Sodium: 1443mg (60%) Potassium: 1120mg (32%) Fiber: 4g (16%) Sugar: 7g (8%) Vitamin A: 3473IU (69%) Vitamin C: 65mg (79%) Calcium: 159mg (16%) Iron: 5mg (28%)

What is Cheesy Pork Caldereta?

Cheesy Pork Caldereta is a Filipino dish made with tender pork pieces stewed in a savory tomato sauce with vegetables such as bell peppers, carrots, and potatoes. What sets it apart is the addition of cheese, typically grated quick-melt cheese, which adds richness and creaminess to the dish.

What type of cheese is best for Cheesy Pork Caldereta?

Quick-melt cheese, also known as Filipino melting cheese or Eden cheese, is commonly used for Cheesy Pork Caldereta due to its smooth melting properties. However, you can also use other types of cheese like cheddar or even mozzarella for a different flavor profile.

Can I use other meats instead of pork?

Yes, you can substitute pork with other meats like beef or chicken if you prefer. Each meat will impart its own unique flavor to the dish, so feel free to experiment with different proteins based on your taste preferences.

How do I make Cheesy Pork Caldereta?

To make Cheesy Pork Caldereta, start by sautéing garlic, onions, and tomatoes in oil until fragrant. Add the pork pieces and cook until browned. Stir in tomato sauce, liver spread, and water or broth, then simmer until the pork is tender. Add vegetables such as bell peppers, carrots, and potatoes, and continue simmering until the vegetables are cooked through. Finally, add grated cheese and stir until melted and well incorporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve hot with steamed rice.

Can I make Cheesy Pork Caldereta in advance?

Yes, you can make Cheesy Pork Caldereta in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Simply reheat it on the stove or in the microwave until heated through before serving. The flavors often meld together even more when reheated, making it a great dish for leftovers.

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