Beef Tinaktak


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).

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

  • 1 cup (1-inch) sliced green onions

  • ¼ cup light soy sauce, divided

  • 1 lemon, juiced, divided

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cube beef bouillon (Optional)

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, halved

  • 1 cup 1-inch cut green beans

  • 1 (13.5 ounce) can coconut milk

  • 1 hot red chile pepper (donne'sali), chopped (Optional)


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 (per serving)

562 Calories
42g Fat
24g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 562
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 53%
Saturated Fat 25g 123%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 852mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 44mg 222%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 902mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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