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Honduran Chicharones or pork crackling

Honestly this a bite of heaven.  On the rare occasion, when you want to indulge in some pork belly, you will be a super star with this simple recipe.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Honduran
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 592 kcal
Author International Cuisine


  • 1 lb. pork belly
  • 1 lime cut in wedges, to garnish
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  1. Pat the pork belly dry
  2. Mix together the baking soda and salt and rub it on the pork skin

  3. Let it sit uncovered in the refrigerator for a couple hours

  4. Rinse off the salt and baking soda and cut the pork belly into small pieces about 1/3" leaving the skin attached to the belly.

  5. Put the pork belly in a skillet or wok and cover with water. Let the pork belly braise for a hour or two until the water evaporates and you only have fat left in the pan, Make sure to do this slowly over a low heat.
  6. Once the pork fat has rendered, turn up the heat to high and fry until crispy and golden.
  7. Drain excess fat on a paper towel and salt to taste
  8. Enjoy with a squeeze of lime.
  9. Heaven!
Nutrition Facts
Honduran Chicharones or pork crackling
Amount Per Serving
Calories 592 Calories from Fat 540
% Daily Value*
Fat 60g92%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 2601mg113%
Potassium 226mg6%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin C 5.2mg6%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.