Cerdo Encebollado (Pork with Onion Sauce)

by Erica Dinho on September 30, 2012

Cerdo Encebollado (Pork with Onion Sauce)

This delicious and comforting dish was a staple at my grandmother’s house in Colombia. My grandmother never wrote, or cooked from, a recipe, so I needed to learn by watching her in the kitchen. Ever since I came to the United States, I have been making Cerdo Encebollado based on the memory of what it tasted like when Mamita made it for me, and I’m happy to say that the flavor is almost exactly like hers!

Buen provecho!



(4 servings)

  • 1 1⁄2 pound boneless pork loin roast, trimmed of
  • excess fat and cut into 8 slices
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 3 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of aliños sauce
  • 2 cups of water

Cerdo Encebollado (Pork with Onion Sauce)

Cerdo Encebollado (Pork with Onion Sauce)


  1. One at a time, place the pork slices between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat pounder to 1/4-inch thickness. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large sauce pan over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Working in batches, add the pork in a single layer and cook until well browned on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Add the onions to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 7 to 9 minutes. Add the aliños sauce and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute.
  4. Add the water and stir to scrape up the browned bits from the pan bottom. Return the pork to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, partially cover the pot and cook until the pork is very tender and the sauce has thickened, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  5. Serve with white rice on the side.
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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa October 1, 2012 at 7:22 AM

Thanks for the sauce recipe – this looks ridiculously flavorful.


2 Chris October 5, 2012 at 9:38 PM

What a powerfully flavored way to rock out a sliced up pork loin! Love this, Erica.


3 Rafael October 8, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Hi Erica, I made your pork encebollado last night for dinner and it was very good. Thank you.


4 Erica October 8, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Thank you for your comments!


5 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! October 9, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Whata great combination adding those lentils which is always a favorite of mine….


6 Ingrid February 25, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Erica! Deliciosa esta receta. Soy colombiana que vive en el exterior y desde que encontré tu blog trato de hacer alguna de tus recetas cada semana. Están geniales tus recetas, nunca imagine que nuestra cocina colombiana fuera tan diversa. Gracias por compartirla!


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