Filipino Spaghetti

Filipino-style spaghetti has a distinct taste from the traditional Italian style sauce… It is much sweeter! Jufran, or banana ketchup is used by many Filipinos as a regular dipping sauce. Until this day, my Dad cannot eat his omelette for breakfast with his Jufran. The popularity of banana ketchup spread during World War II when regular tomato sauce was scarce. The ketchup itself is made from bananas, sugar, vinegar, and spices. Over the years, I have edited the recipe to my liking. You can definitely skip out on the brown sugar and add more tomato sauce if you do not like too much sweetness.

Ingredients: (4-6 people)

  • Spaghetti noodles
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green bell peper, diced
  • 3/4  of a head of garlic, minced
  • 1 lb hot dogs, cooked and sliced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 small bottles of Banana Ketchup
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 2 small cans of tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Black pepper  & salt
  • Bay leaf


  1. Cook spaghetti noodles & pan fry hot dogs.
  2. Sauté onions and garlic with oil in a large pan.
  3. Add ground beef and cook until brown.
  4. Add the 2 cans of banana sauce, tomato sauce, and water. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the 1/4 brown sugar, tomato paste (to thicken sauce), green bell peppers, hot dogs, and bay leaf. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Written By: Charmy