Pata and Binatog

Yes, binatog is not just a breakfast item or a snack, it can also be a great ingredient you can add to your stews! Pata at Binatog is an original creation here at Ang Sarap where pork leg is slowly simmered in a tomato-based sauce where it cooked together with hominy (binatog), red capsicum and carrots.

Binatog or Hominy in the Philippines is quite a popular breakfast item where it is simply boiled then seasoned with salt and/or sugar then served with a generous serving of freshly grated mature coconuts and melted butter. As far as I am concerned this was the only way this type of corn is served in the Philippines and I have never seen it served in other ways in the Filipino cuisine but in Latin America and South American cuisine it is a different story, hominy is widely used on their stews and that’s where I got my inspiration for our recipe today, the Pata at Binatog.

As the name suggest this dish is made out of Pork Leg (pata) and Hominy (Binatog) where it is slowly simmered in a sauce made out of tomatoes that were sauteed with lots of garlic, onions and carrots. This combination gives it a very Filipino taste. And like most Filipino dishes this is perfect to serve with a freshly cooked rice.

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Pata and Binatog

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Ang Sarap Original


Pata at Binatog is an original creation here at Ang Sarap where pork leg is slowly simmered in a tomato-based sauce where it cooked together with hominy (binatog), red capsicum and carrots.


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 pork leg, cut into smaller sections
  • 3 cups cooked hominy
  • 1 large red capsicum, sliced
  • 2 carrots, cubed
  • 400 g can chopped tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 pcs bay leaf
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped coriander, to garnish


  1. In a pot heat oil in high heat, add the pork leg then brown it on all sides. Remove pork leg then set aside.
  2. In the same pot add oil if needed then sauté garlic and onions.
  3. Add carrots then continue to cook for a minute
  4. Bring back the pork legs to the pot together with the paprika and 1 tbsp of the tomato paste, stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Pour water, chopped tomatoes and add the bay leaf, bring to a boil then simmer in low heat for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Check liquid levels once in a while and add more water if needed.
  6. Add the cooked hominy beans, red capsicum and the remaining tomato paste, simmer for 15 more minutes, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper then serve garnished with chopped coriander


6 Responses

  1. I adore juicy, fatty pork legs! This looks like a wonderful recipe to make pork legs even more tempting!

  2. suituapui says:

    Pork leg? Count me in! LOL!!!

  3. Oooo this looks TERRIFIC! So hearty, cozy, filling, and absolutely delicious. Pass me a large spoon please!

  4. Love this! We use a lot of hominy in the Southwest United States, too – for pozole, which I think you would love!

  5. Hannah says:

    I’ve never seen hominy used in anything other than pozole; this is quite the revelation!

  6. Hominy is seen a bit here in the States – often in the South. Hominy and eggs is common on diner menus. I like your idea of using hominy and then slow simmering that pork leg in a sauce. This sounds like a great creation, Raymund!

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