Chicharron Sandwich

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Chicharron (Crispy Pork Belly) Sandwich

PAN CON CHICHARRÓN ; A firm favorite as a breakfast item in Peruvian cuisine. Crunchy pieces of pork accompanied by crispy sweet kumura and zesty red onion relish wrapped inside freshly baked bread, all in one bite - this is truly the best way to start your day.

Cinthya Ibarcena, founder of myculturaperu, shows us her recipe on how to make this mouth watering breakfast at home, with a dedication to his dad, Jubel. Enjoy!

Serving Size: 4-5 people


Salmuera (Brine)

  • 100g of salt
  • 1L of water
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves (or any other herbs of your preference)


  • 1 kg of Pork Belly (no bones)
  • 1 tbs of Aji Panca
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
  • pinch of cumin and pepper (DO NOT add SALT)

Salsa Criolla

  • 2 red onions chopped
  • freshly squeezed lime
  • rocoto chili pepper (or any other fresh chili)
  • salt & pepper

To serve with:

  • Fried orange kumara
  • White soft bread bun (Pan Frances)


Step 1

Salmuera: Immerse the 1 kg of pork belly in 1 litre of water with 100 gr of salt, garlic cloves and bay leaves. Leave it for 3 hours. Remove, dry the pork (especially the skin) and let it rest while you make the marinade.

Step 2

Marinade: Mix all the ingredients together until it becomes a paste. Paint with the help of a brush all the pork belly.

Step 3

Take the pork belly to a rotisserie and let it cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

(Another option if you do not have a rotisserie : Boil the pork belly in 1 Lt of water for one hour)

Step 4

Slice up the pork to your prefrence of thickness.

(Another option if you do not have a rotisserie : Very important - dry the meat completely. Cut the pork into 4 -5 pieces and deep fry it. Cover with a lid and be careful because if the pork is not completely dry, the hot oil will splash everywhere. Slice up the pork thin or thick - it's up to you).

Step 5

Cut the kumara into thin slices and fry them.

Step 6

Salsa Criolla- Cut the onion (Juliana of feather cut), squeeze 1 or 2 limes, salt, pepper, chop in little squares rocoto or fresh red chili and add fresh whole mint leave. Mix well.

Step 7

Build your sandwich - Use fresh white soft bread bun, cut in the middle. Insert the fried kumara and the pork slices and top it up with heaps of salsa criolla.



ENJOY it in the Peruvian way together with a cup of black coffee. The combination of the sandwich together with the coffee is what makes this breakfast (for Peruvians) or any time meal even more special.

Cinthya Ibarcena

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