Hardinera Recipe

Hardinera is one of the popular dish in Lucban. The traditional hardinera makes use of cubed pork similar to menudo. This is categorized as a meatloaf and I must say that this is the second best Filipino meatloaf that I had next to embutido. It is easy to make hardinera, though it looks complicated. The first step is to sauté the seasonings then add the ground pork, after that simply align it on the llanera with the egg and pineapple. This Hardinera recipe is a modified version of hardinera from Quezon province which is their version of embutido. If this recipe don’t still satisfy your taste, you can enhance the sweet and sour taste of this recipe by adding more pineapple chunks and a few teaspoons of pineapple syrup. Try this hardinera recipe now!


  • 3 tbsps oil
  • 4 tbsps butter
  • 1 pc white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 kilo pork tenderloin, diced into cubes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup sweet pickles, diced
  • 1 cup canned spiced ham
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 pc red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small can liver spread
  • ½ – 1 cup Quezo de Bola, grated
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 3 pcs eggs
  • Banana leaves, softened and cut according to the shape of llanera
For garnish:
  • 2-3 pcs hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 3-4 pcs pineapple slices
  • 1 small green bell pepper, cut into fine strips
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cut into fine strips

How To Cook Hardinera Recipe:

  1. Line the llanera with softened banana leaves. Brush the leaf with butter, set aside.
  2. In a pan, heat oil and sauté onions, let it caramelize and add the garlic.
  3. Add the pork and sauté until it changes color. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add tomato sauce, sauté for two minutes then add chicken broth, let it simmer until the pork is tender and the sauce has been reduced.
  5. Remove from heat and let it cool then drain excess sauce.
  6. Arrange the slices of hard-boiled eggs, pineapple slices, red and green bell pepper strips into the prepared llaneras.