My Mom and Lola’s Afritada

Here is my Mom and my Lola’s version of Afritada. It is a little different than the usual Afritada recipe because you have to simmer the chicken adobo style first. I didn’t really put any exact measurements because I never measure my ingredients whenever I cook this.

You Will Need:

chicken, any part that you prefer

garlic, as many cloves as you dare

ground pepper



carrots, sliced

a white onion, sliced

potatoes, sliced

bell pepper, sliced

3 or 4 ripe tomatoes, chopped


Let’s get cooking

  1. Put the chicken on a pan. Add the garlic, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Mix well and simmer until the chicken is half-cooked. Remove from the pan and set aside.

2. Prepare and slice the garlic, onion, potato/es, carrot/s and bell pepper/s.

3. On the same pan, add about 2 or 3 tablespoons of cooking oil and saute some more garlic, and the onion. When the onion is translucent, add the tomatoes. Cook until the tomatoes are soft and crush them.

4. Once the tomatoes change color, add the chicken, the carrots, and the potatoes. Continue sauteing until the chicken and the vegetables are coated with the sauce. Add the vinegar and garlic mixture (where the chicken was simmered previously).

5. Add the bell pepper/s. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat once the chicken is fully cooked.


You control the amount of ingredients that you add. You can use tomato paste instead of fresh tomatoes. You can add some crushed pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to add a little bit of kick.

I hope you try this recipe. Let me know in the comments below if you cook your  Afritada the same way.




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