Tinaktak (pronounced tee-nack-tack) may have originated from the sound of chopping meat: tak! tak! tak! It is one of Guam's favorite comfort foods and definitely a favorite of mine since it is so simple to make yet yields a tasty dish! Serve over hot steamed rice (white or brown).

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place beef in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir until browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess grease.

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  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, tomatoes, green onions, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 1/2 the lemon juice, garlic, beef bouillon, and black pepper. Cook and stir until flavors combine, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in water chestnuts and green beans; cook and stir until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Stir drained ground beef, remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and lemon juice into the skillet. Pour in coconut milk slowly; add chile pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer until coconut milk is heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Cook's note:

Substitute the donne'sali with another hot chile pepper if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

562 calories; protein 27.4g; carbohydrates 24.3g; fat 41.5g; cholesterol 74.4mg; sodium 851.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2017
10.23.17 There are times when it’s a good thing to step outside the box and try something totally new and different. Never had tinaktak before, in fact never even heard of it, but the ingredient listing piqued my curiosity. We really enjoyed this dish, and I wouldn’t change a thing. Don’t omit the water chestnuts, as I think that crunch is important to this entree. We opted to serve this with noodles rather than rice and will do that again. This was a splurge nutritionally, but all things in moderation, right? I certainly can understand why this is one of Guam’s favorite comfort foods, because it’s just flat out tasty! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/12/2018
Way too salty. I wouldn t use that much soy sauce again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2017
10.23.17 There are times when it’s a good thing to step outside the box and try something totally new and different. Never had tinaktak before, in fact never even heard of it, but the ingredient listing piqued my curiosity. We really enjoyed this dish, and I wouldn’t change a thing. Don’t omit the water chestnuts, as I think that crunch is important to this entree. We opted to serve this with noodles rather than rice and will do that again. This was a splurge nutritionally, but all things in moderation, right? I certainly can understand why this is one of Guam’s favorite comfort foods, because it’s just flat out tasty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2017
Wonderful just as written! I’m always looking for a ground beef recipe that isn’t mixed with the usual tomato sauce or cream of condensed chemical soup and this was perfect! We love coconut and the coconut oil in the rice as suggested by another user here created a great balance! Thank you Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2017
Who would have guessed that lemon, soy sauce and tomatoes would combine to make this deliciously different beef dish? My daughter has dubbed it "Guamburger Helper"! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2017
OH MAN, THIS is FANTASTIC! This was an easy and super tasty dinner. I literally looked in the pantry and saw some coconut milk and had some ground beef, this was the only recipe that came up by ingredient search and I'm so glad it did! The only thing I omitted were the water chestnuts (didn't have any but would have been great) and the hot pepper/chilis because that's not our thing. I cooked it pretty much to spec and it came out wonderful. The slight changes I did were: I used a can of chopped tomatoes instead of fresh (didn't have) 2 onions vs 1 Probably more green onions than suggested A little more soy And instead of regular oil for sautéing, I used raw, unfiltered coconut oil Also added some of that (coconut oil) to the rice instead of butter to bring that flavor out. Wow, thank you so much for posting this, we all loved it and I'll keep this as a standby now. Super easy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2018
I have been cooking recipes on this app for 3 years but I've never left a review until now. Followed the recipe exactly except for substituting a jalapeno for the pepper. An explosion of flavor and unlike anything I've tasted before. Entire family thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2018
Yummy dish. I made some changes. I add ginger instead of chilis stewed tomato without the sauce because I don't have cherry tomato. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2018
Really good!! Easy too! Didn t have water chestnuts or lite soya sauce(used regular) didn t matter whole family was happy! Flavour was excellent. Don t be shy on the veggies ate it with rice very tasty. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2017
So good and so easy. We loved this. I followed this recipe except for omitting the water chestnuts and the hot pepper but only because I didn't have any around. Looking forward to making this again and using the other two ingredients. Thank you for this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/16/2018
Unusual but it was delicious. We added a little Sriracha and hoisin sauce that made it even better. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/12/2018
Way too salty. I wouldn t use that much soy sauce again. Read More
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