10 Best Recipes With Siling Labuyo: Spicy Filipino Dishes

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Check out these recipes that use the Siling Labuyo pepper – one of the spiciest peppers in the world. It’s sure to add some heat to your next meal!

With its intense flavor, the Siling Labuyo is perfect for adding spice to all kinds of dishes. Whether you’re looking for a new recipe or just want to try something different, these dishes are sure to satisfy your taste buds.

What is siling labuyo

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Best 10 recipes with siling labuyo

Ginataang tilapia

Ginataang tilapia recipe
Ginataang tilapia is a tasty variation of the Filipino dish called ginataan, which can be made with all sorts of ingredients that are cooked in coconut milk, locally known by Filipinos as "ginata".
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Ginataang Tilapia Recipe

Here’s the first step of preparation—cooking the tilapia fish:

  • Put cooking oil in a pan and heat it to a high temperature to prevent the tilapia from sticking to the pan.
  • Flip each side to give the tilapia an even cook.
  • When adding more than one tilapia, wait for at least 10 seconds before adding another. This helps keep the heat in the pan.
  • The next step is, while you’re cooking the tilapia, sauté the garlic with the tilapia until it turns a golden brown color. But make sure that while sautéing the garlic, you don’t burn the tilapia.
  • Afterward, once the garlic has been sautéed, add chopped onions and sauté them with the garlic and the frying tilapia.
  • Once the garlic and onions have been sautéed, and the tilapia is cooked, add the coconut milk (ginataan). Simmer the ingredients for the ginataang tilapia until the coconut milk becomes thick. Once it’s thick, you can serve it on a plate, eat it with rice, and enjoy a great meal!

Hot and spicy Filipino kwek-kwek

Hot and spicy Filipino kwek-kwek
Kwek-kwek is a quail egg that’s been hard-boiled and then dipped in an orange batter. The batter is composed of baking powder, flour, food coloring, and salt.
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Hot and spicy Filipino Kwek-kwek

Are you one of the many people around the globe that loves eggs? If so, then you’ll surely fall in love with this kwek-kwek recipe!

Kwek-kwek is a favorite of not just students, but also adults in the Philippines.

Street food kiosks have even invaded the malls, and there aren’t any without kwek-kwek in them! In fact, there are even some kiosks that sell kwek-kwek and tokneneng (another favorite street food) exclusively.

Pork kaldereta

Pork kaldereta recipe (kalderetang baboy)
Just like the other kaldereta recipes, you'll add a lot of chili because kaldereta isn’t kaldereta if it isn’t hot. If you want a new version of kaldereta, then this pork kaldereta recipe is a must-try!
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Pork Kaldereta Recipe (Kalderetang Baboy)

Kaldereta is one of the dishes you’ll always see during any festivities in the Philippines.

Whether it’s a birthday celebration or town fiesta, you will, without doubt, be seeing it on the table!

The Filipino people have adapted this recipe since the Spaniards occupied the Philippines for a very long time. They’ve been here for 300 years, and it’s nothing but natural for the Filipinos to get used to not only the Spanish culture, but also their cuisine.

Ginataang langka with tinapa flakes

Ginataang langka with tinapa flakes recipe
This dish is quite nice with rice. You can serve this dish to your family and friends at parties!
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Ginataang Langka with Tinapa Flakes Recipe

Do you like smoked fish? And do you like coconut milk? Then you’re sure to like ginataang langka with tinapa flakes!

Fair warning: This dish will steal your heart!

Just like any other type of ginataan dish, this ginataang langka with tinapa flakes is a sure win for Filipino family cuisine. Served with delicious coconut milk and jackfruit that tastes like chicken, it’s no wonder why this dish is specially prepared at festivals.

Filipino Pork Bopis

Filipino Pork Bopis recipe
You can get pork’s heart and lungs at the butcher’s shop or at the town’s wet market. You can also try to get them from the supermarket; just ask the staff if they have some!
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Pork Bopis Recipe

Bopis is a dish made with pork’s heart and lungs. You read that correctly!

This is a familiar dish as a pulutan (snack) at any drinking party in the Philippines.

However, since Filipinos eat everything with rice, bopis also found its way to the humble Filipino dinner table.

This pork bopis recipe, though its main ingredient isn’t that accessible in, say, a supermarket, is a very easy dish to cook.

Ginataang Chicken, coconut, and Papaya

Ginataang Chicken, coconut, and Papaya recipe
Ginataang Papaya is a great and nutritious dish that one should try out, though Papaya in its unripe form can be an ingredient to other forms of Ginataan that use more vegetables, meat, seafood, and fish, the unripe, Green Papaya can still be a standalone ingredient to make Ginataan.
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How to Cook Ginataang Papaya

To make Ginataang Papaya, the ingredients that are required are really quite easy to find in the market or your nearby supermarket if you will.

The ingredients that you need are the unripe papaya, garlic, cooking oil, shrimp paste (bagoong), salt and pepper for taste, and the coconut oil (ginataan).

Afterward, you’re all set to start cooking Ginataang Papaya.

Ginataang Manok: Filipino Spicy Chicken in Coconut Milk

Ginataang Manok: Filipino Spicy Chicken in Coconut Milk
If you want this dish to be even tastier, you can always opt to buy native chicken instead of the other types of chicken breeds usually sold in the supermarkets.
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Ginataang Manok: Filipino Spicy Chicken in Coconut Milk

A thing that separates spicy chicken in coconut milk with the other coconut milk-based recipes is the fact that it uses chili in its list of ingredients.

Though adding chili (red or green) in coconut milk recipes in the Philippines is not uncommon, these recipes would only have the chili as an optional ingredient.

In this spicy chicken in coconut milk recipe, however, the chili is an integral part in cooking the dish. You have a choice of adding long green chilies or red chilies in this recipe.

If you want the spice to be on the lighter side, you can opt for the green chilies, but if you want the spice to have a stronger kick, then the siling labuyo is perfect for this dish.

Pork binagoongan

Pork binagoongan recipe (pork cooked in shrimp paste)
Pork Binagoongan is a delicious Filipino dish which owes much of its tastiness to the combination of sweetness, sourness, and the saltiness of the bagoong alamang, the decadence of the pork and the added pungency of the green chili and siling labuyo.
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Pork Binagoongan Recipe (Pork Cooked in Shrimp Paste)

Pork Binagoongan, as one might have already noticed, has two main ingredients; the pork and the Bagoong (shrimp paste).

Owing to the country’s archipelagic geography, it is guaranteed that there wouldn’t be any shortage of seafood and seafood-related products.

With this in mind, we can say that this Pork Binagoongan recipe has easy-to-acquire ingredients that you have a choice of getting it fresh from the sea or buy it packed from the supermarket.

Filipino gising-gising

Filipino gising-gising recipe
As this gising-gising recipe is a coconut milk-based dish and thus tends to be very oily, it is recommended that this dish is served with pickled vegetables (Atsara).
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Gising-Gising Recipe

The Gising-Gising recipe, literally, “wake up, wake up” is going to wake you up and make you sweat because of its wake-you-up kind of spice, what with its generous amounts of Siling Labuyo.

A dish which is similar in ingredients and cooking method and preparation as Chopsuey, the only difference between the two is that Gising-Gising is a coconut-milk based dish, unlike Chopsuey which banks more on the cornstarch for its texture.

Known as a dish commonly served in town fiestas, this is usually served as a beer match because of its spice.

However, with the homey coconut milk, Gising-Gising can also be eaten as a viand partnered with heaps of rice.

Ginataang puso ng saging

Ginataang puso ng saging recipe
The ingredients needed to make Ginataang Puso ng Saging are the following, coconut milk (Ginataan), the flower of a banana shrub, garlic, cooking oil, salt and pepper, and the optional ingredient, anchovies. 
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Ginataang Puso ng Saging Recipe

This Ginataang Puso ng Saging recipe is another great and tasty variation of Ginataan, a popular Filipino dish that has all sorts of delicious variations made with ingredients such as meat, vegetables, and seafood that is cooked in coconut milk (Ginataan).

The Ginataang Puso ng Saging’s main ingredient is the flower of the Banana shrub, otherwise known by Filipinos as the “Puso ng Saging”.

The flower is considered a vegetable, and all sorts of other ingredients can be added to modify the recipe, such as dilis (anchovies).

Ginataang Langka with Tinapa Flakes Recipe

10 Best Recipes With Siling Labuyo

Joost Nusselder
You can use the siling labuyo chilis in the cooking broth, for sauteing, or in a vinegar dip. They always add a spicy kick and deep flavor to your dish.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4 people


  • 8 pcs siling labuyo hot chili pepper


  • You never add the siling labuyo immediately, but with the harder vegetables like carrots and bok choy, the ones you want to keep crunchy. Then let it simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes.
  • You can also add vinegar and tomatoes to a bowl and add the siling labuyo to make a spicy vinegar dip, like the one used in our kwek-kwek recipe.


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There are a lot of stews, soups, ginataan and marinades to add the spicy siling labuyo to. Hope these recipes will help you cook the perfect spicy dish.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.