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Vietnamese Ground Pork in Tomato Sauce (Thịt Băm Sốt Cà Chua)

Vietnamese Ground Pork in Tomato Sauce (Thịt Băm Sốt Cà Chua) is a versatile weeknight dish. You can sub your favorite proteins and eat the hearty sauce over a variety of things: rice, salad or noodles.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Vietnamese
Keyword Main Course, Pork, Sauces, Tomato
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 175kcal
Author Suzanne Nuyen


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ lb ground pork (you can sub any other ground meat, crumbled tofu or a plant based substitute)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion diced (about ½ cup)
  • 1 large tomato diced (about 2 cups)
  • ½ teaspoon chile flakes (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional)
  • ¼ cup water, vegetable or chicken stock (optional)
  • 3 stalks scallion, finely chopped


  • Season the ground pork with salt, pepper, shallot, garlic and fish sauce. Set aside and dice the vegetables
  • In a small saucepan on medium-high heat, sweat the onions in 1 tablespoon of oil and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add diced tomato and the optional flakes. Simmer and let tomatoes break down for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the pork mixture and stir to break down pork into small pieces. Add a splash of stock and some tomato paste for a deeper flavor. (optional) Simmer for another 10 minutes until pork is fully cooked and the flavors have developed.
  • Turn off the heat and wilt chopped scallions into the sauce
  • Serve with rice, over salad, with noodles etc.


Serving: 6g | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.4g | Protein: 11.6g | Fat: 10.7g | Saturated Fat: 3.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 35.5mg | Sodium: 430.7mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 2.4g | Sugar: 4g