Home-Based Food Business Idea: Recipe for Pork Tocino and Native Longanisa

Pork tocino and native longanisa are two of the most popular processed meat products in the Philippines. Many home-based entrepreneurs prefer selling these products since investment requirements are relatively low compared to the profit they can make. Moreover, this type of business can be launched even with minimal manpower.

These products can be sold to your friends, neighbors, officemates as well as to carinderia owners, small canteen operators and even restaurants owners. You can even consign these meat products with dealers.

By Arnold Gatilao from Oakland, CA, USA [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Here are easy recipes for pork tocino and native longanisa.

Ingredients for Pork Tocino:

  • 1 kg pork (preferrably ham, loin or shoulder part)
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon curing salt
  • 12 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon phosphate dissolved in 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Anisado wine
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder or crushed garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vitamin C powder
  • Red food color (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vetsin (optional)


  1. Slice meat 1/4 inch in thickness.
  2. Weigh meet slices then prepare the curing ingredients per kilo of meat.
  3. Mix meat with curing salt, salt, phosphate and vitamin C powder which has been dissolved in 1/4 cup water.
  4. Add the extenders then mix well until it’s dry.
  5. Put in the rest of the ingredients then mix again.
  6. Cure the meat mixture at room temperature for 8 to 10 hours or at refrigerator for 8 to 12 hours.
  7. Pack tocino in polyethylene plastic bag in 1/4 or 1/2 kg packages. Make sure to remove the trapped air inside the bag and seal immediately.

Ingredients for Native Longanisa

  • 600 grams ground lean pork
  • 250 grams ground pork fat
  • 1 head finely chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoon coconut vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • sausage casing or wax paper for skinless longanisa


  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl then mix well until fully combined.
  2. Cover bowl using a plastic wrap or transfer into a container with a cover. Allow it to marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Close one end of a sausage casing with a knot using a thin rope or cooking twine.
  4. Put the mixture inside the sausage casing. You may use a funnel if you have one.
  5. Tie the knot to enclose once the casing is filled.
  6. Tie a twine around it at every 2 to 3 inches interval to create the links.
  7. Put the casing inside the fridge for one day then dry in the freezer.
  8. Pack longanissa in polyetheylene plastic bag in ¼ or ½ kg. packages. Make sure to remove the trapped air inside the bag and seal immediately.

See: Pampanga’s Best – The Business That Started “With A Helping Hand”

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