This dish is one of my favorites to eat. It's a comfort food for me, and I love it. This is my own personal way of making this. It's pretty easy to make and does not take long all. This dish is a Philippine dish, and it is usually eaten with white rice. Contrary to the picture, you will not add peas.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until light golden brown, about 1 minute. Add beef and 1/2 cup water; cook and stir until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with black pepper and add more water as needed; do not let beef dry out.

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  • Add 3 tablespoons soy sauce, potatoes, and carrots to the saucepan with the beef. Add more water as needed to prevent drying out. Cook 4 minutes; add raisins. Cook 2 to 3 minutes more, adding water as needed to make sure beef does not dry out.

  • Add 1 can of sauce to the saucepan with the beef mixture. Fill that can with water, stir to remove excess sauce, and pour water into saucepan. Add 1/2 of the remaining can of sauce to the saucepan; stir to combine. Add more water as needed to create a sauce-like but not soupy consistency.

  • Add bell pepper, remaining 3 tablespoons soy sauce, and sugar. Cook until all vegetables are soft, about 3 to 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally and adding water as needed to be sure the sauce does not dry out.

Nutrition Facts

488 calories; protein 28.6g 57% DV; carbohydrates 35.4g 11% DV; fat 26.1g 40% DV; cholesterol 92.9mg 31% DV; sodium 1331.9mg 53% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2019
This recipe is really good! didnt follow it exactly tho. I used less water throughout because by the end it would be too watery. I was a little worried that it would end up being a soup but the tomato sauce thickens it up. used probably half of the sugar called for because i didnt want it to be too sweet as well. I also switched out the bell peppers for frozen sweet peas instead. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2019
This recipe is really good! didnt follow it exactly tho. I used less water throughout because by the end it would be too watery. I was a little worried that it would end up being a soup but the tomato sauce thickens it up. used probably half of the sugar called for because i didnt want it to be too sweet as well. I also switched out the bell peppers for frozen sweet peas instead. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2019
I made this because I was missing my mom s Filipino home cooking. Easy to make and it is definitely a Filipino comfort food for me and my family. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2019
Great recipe to follow. I was craving this dish after returning from my trip to the Philippines and it came out just as I imagined it to be!! I used beef stock instead of water and just eyed how much I needed. Used one potato instead. Brown sugar 3 table spoons. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2018
I made it tonight since I miss eating this growing up. Thank you for this. I may have to make this all the time. American husband loves it. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2020
This is my favorite food since when I was a kid, I made this now and my American boyfriend likes it. 1 out of 10? Solid 8. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2019
i did a great job! better than when i made it last time! hmmmm Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2019
One of my favorite childhood dishes. This recipe is really yummy, thank you! Also thank your excluding the peas. I agree with previous poster. I did not add all the water because I was afraid it was getting too soupy. Next time I'll start with 2 tbsp of sugar and work my way up. The 4 tbsp was a bit sweet for my personal preference so I added more soy sauce and salt to balance. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2019
Very good but I think I needed to add more water to make a sauce. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/08/2020
Didn't use as much water, put less sugar, added peas and used ground chicken instead of ground beef. Pretty good :) Read More
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