Filipino Beef Giniling (Afritada Style)


This Filipino beef giniling stew is one of my favorite comfort foods. My way of making it is pretty easy and doesn't take too long. Serve with white rice.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 tablespoon oil, or as needed

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 1 ½ cups water, divided, or more as needed

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 medium red potatoes, cubed

  • 10 baby carrots, or more to taste, cubed

  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce, divided

  • ½ cup raisins, or more to taste

  • 1 ½ (6.5 ounce) cans tomato sauce with salt (such as Contadina®)

  • ½ medium orange bell pepper, diced

  • 4 tablespoons white sugar


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 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.

  2. Add potatoes, carrots, and 3 tablespoons soy sauce; cook for 4 minutes, adding more water if mixture is too dry. Add raisins and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, again adding water as needed.

  3. Pour in one can tomato sauce. Fill the can with water and swirl to remove excess sauce; pour into the saucepan. Stir in remaining 1/2 can sauce until combined. Add more water as needed to create a saucy but not soupy consistency.

  4. Stir in bell pepper, sugar, and remaining 3 tablespoons soy sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally and adding water as needed so sauce does not dry out, until all vegetables are tender, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

488 Calories
26g Fat
35g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 488
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 1332mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 11mg 57%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 1009mg 21%

* 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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