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Beef Giniling (Filipino Beef Recipe)

Beef Giniling topped in hard-boiled eggs in a gray bowl on a concrete surface.
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Forget Beef Bolognese and Chilli con Carne! We have a Filipino Beef recipe for you that may just become your new favourite ground beef recipe! Made with simple, everyday ingredients and a bunch of different veggies, Filipino Beef Giniling is an easy one-pan meal that is both family and budget-friendly!

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What is Beef Giniling?

Giniling is a ground meat dish originating in Philipinnes. Traditionally made with pork, in the modern days, pork is often substituted with beef, chicken or turkey. Cooked in tomato sauce, with a bunch of different everyday vegetables, it is an inexpensive Filipino Beef recipe that is perfect for feeding a crowd!

The word giniling means ‘ground meat’ and is considered the ultimate comfort food in the Philippines. There are many versions of this dish, however, the two that stand out are:

  • Giniling, topped with hard-boiled eggs to make the meal even more filling and for extra texture.
  • Giniling with added dried fruit, normally sultanas and raisins (without the eggs).
Filipino Giniling garnished with chives in a gray bowl.

Ingredients and Substitutes

  • vegetable oil: or any other odourless oil, like sunflower or rapeseed.
  • garlic: can be replaced with garlic paste.
  • brown onion: or small white onion, or a couple of shallots.
  • tomato paste: the rich concentrated paste that normally comes in a tube.
  • tinned chopped tomatoes: you will need about 1x 400g tin. If you wish, you can substitute it with 3 extra tables spoons of tomato paste and 150ml of water.
  • beef mince: we used lean, 5% fat beef.
  • soy sauce: is used for seasoning. If you want the dish to be gluten-free, choose GF Tamari.
  • lime juice: can be substituted with lemon juice.
  • butter: unsalted.
  • carrot: sweet potato and butternut squash work well too!
  • potato: any potato will do just fine.
  • pepper: choose yellow, orange or red bell pepper for the maximum colour vibrancy of the dish!
  • Cheddar: or any other cheese that you like, that melts relatively well.
  • garden peas: fresh or frozen.
  • eggs: optional.
Ingredients for giniling on a wooden chopping board.

Method

Chop the onion and garlic finely.

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large non-stick frying pan on medium heat. Add the onions and saute for 5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.

Squeeze in the tomato paste and add a tbsp of caster sugar and mix to combine.

Add the beef mince and break it up in the pan. Cook on medium heat until the meat is browned all over. Then add the tinned tomatoes, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes for the beef to soften slightly.

In the meantime, cut the potatoes, carrots and pepper into small cubes (about 0.5cm).

Vegetables diced into small cubes.

Add carrots, potatoes, bell pepper and butter and stir to combine. Cover the frying pan with a lid and cook for 25 minutes until the vegetables soften.

Add the peas and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce and lime juice. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Finally, add the grated cheese and stir until it melts. You may choose to top the ground beef with hard-boiled eggs.

Beef giniling in a large pan.

Recipe FAQs

Can I Make Filipino Giniling With Any Other Meat?

Absolutely! More traditional than beef, giniling can be made with ground pork! The dish will be slightly higher in fat content (depending on how lean your pork is) and the meat will be softer. Alternatively, ground chicken or turkey can also be used (these will cook quicker too!).

Can I Freeze Beef Giniling?

Yes, this Filipino ground beef recipe freezes very well. Simply let the mince cool to room temperature, then spoon it into airtight containers or ziplock bags and freeze for up to 3 months!

What To Do With Leftover Beef Giniling?

Cooked Filipino Ground Beef can be stored in the fridge for 2 days and reheated later. Alternatively, you can freeze it in airtight containers for up to 3 months. But if you want to use your leftovers the next day to make something different, try these ideas:

  • Use Beef Giniling to make pasties, like empanadas, or fill filo (phyllo) pastry with the beef to create samosas or Middle Eastern Sambousek.
  • Make a beef omelette, known as Tortang Giniling. Simply heat the leftover mince in a pan, pour the beaten eggs over to cover the meat and cook until the eggs have set.
  • Drain the mince of any sauce that sets at the bottom, and scatter the Giniling Beef on pizza or cheesy naan bread!

What To Serve Beef Giniling With?

Filipino Giniling is traditionally served with white rice. However, we find that this recipe goes very well with creamy polenta or even couscous.

Beef Giniling is often topped with hard-boiled eggs too. We have also tried it with poached eggs on top, or even better, make the groves in the mince mixture towards the end of the cooking and crack the eggs in them. Cover with a lid and cook your eggs until the whites have set!

If you’re looking for vegetable side dishes for this delicious Filipino Giniling Recipe, we recommend serving it with:

Beef giniling in a gray bowl on a black plate.

Other Beef Recipes

We don’t cook beef very often here, at Somebody Feed Seb, but when we do, it’s something truly special. Some of our favourite beef recipes include:

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Beef Giniling topped in hard-boiled eggs in a gray bowl on a concrete surface.

Beef Giniling (Filipino Beef Recipe)

Forget Beef Bolognese and Chilli con Carne! We have a Filipino Beef recipe for you that may just become your new favourite ground beef recipe! Made with simple, everyday ingredients and a bunch of different veggies, Filipino Beef Giniling is an easy one-pan meal that is both family and budget-friendly!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4 generous portions
Calories 537 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 brown onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 500 g beef mince
  • 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes 1 tin
  • 1 carrot cut into small cubes
  • 1 potato cut into small cubes
  • 1 pepper cut into small cubes
  • 50 g butter
  • 100 g garden peas frozen
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 lime juice only
  • 60 g Cheddar grated
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs optional

Instructions
 

  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large non-stick frying pan on medium heat. Add the onions and sautee for 5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Sweeze in the tomato paste and add a tbsp of caster sugar and mix to combine.
  • Add the beef mince and break it up in the pan. Cook on medium heat until the meat is browned all over. Then add the tinned tomatoes, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes for the beef to soften slightly.
  • Add carrots, potatoes, bell pepper and butter and stir to combine. Cover the frying pan with lid and cook for 25 minutes until the vegetables soften.
  • Add the peas and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce and lime juice. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • Finally, add the grated cheese and stir until it melts. Top with eggs, if using.
  • For serving suggestions, have a look in the 'What to Serve with Beef Giniling?' section.

Nutrition

Calories: 537kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 29gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 861mgPotassium: 931mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 3060IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 177mgIron: 4mg
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