Modified by the Filipinos from Central to South American influences, this fragrant soup is made with ground beef, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, and lots of garlic. Serve as a stew or generously over rice.

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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 the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook the onion and garlic in the hot oil until the onions are tender. Stir in the tomato; cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Crumble the ground beef into the pan and cook until brown, about 5 minutes. Add the water, potato, beef bouillon, fish sauce, salt, and pepper; reduce heat, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

233 calories; 15.4 g protein; 16.9 g carbohydrates; 46.2 mg cholesterol; 861.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (14)

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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2009
As the author of this dish the fish sauce is supposed to be optional in place of salt for more of an asian flavor. I guess that got lost in allrecipe's editing. Anyway feel free to add your favorite vegetables to the basic stew. I find that parboiling the potatoes first in a separate pot then adding them near the end prevents them from soaking up all the salt. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/28/2008
We really didn't enjoy this recipe. It was edible but none of the flavors were really interesting. I regret adding the ground beef in with the vegetables and then adding the rest of the ingredients; perhaps I should have browned the beef in a separate pan drained and then added it to the soup. As it was it was way too fatty. We won't make this again. Read More
(34)
18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2009
As the author of this dish the fish sauce is supposed to be optional in place of salt for more of an asian flavor. I guess that got lost in allrecipe's editing. Anyway feel free to add your favorite vegetables to the basic stew. I find that parboiling the potatoes first in a separate pot then adding them near the end prevents them from soaking up all the salt. Read More
(24)
Rating: 3 stars
02/28/2008
We really didn't enjoy this recipe. It was edible but none of the flavors were really interesting. I regret adding the ground beef in with the vegetables and then adding the rest of the ingredients; perhaps I should have browned the beef in a separate pan drained and then added it to the soup. As it was it was way too fatty. We won't make this again. Read More
(34)
Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2009
As the author of this dish the fish sauce is supposed to be optional in place of salt for more of an asian flavor. I guess that got lost in allrecipe's editing. Anyway feel free to add your favorite vegetables to the basic stew. I find that parboiling the potatoes first in a separate pot then adding them near the end prevents them from soaking up all the salt. Read More
(24)
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Rating: 3 stars
11/23/2009
I didn't really care for this. It's pretty salty and yes not draining the ground beef makes it a bit fatty. I added cilantro because I had it on hand but I don't think it made much difference. Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2009
I made it as written except I used canned tomatoes and cooked the ground beef seperately. I served it over rice. The family loved it. Read More
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
11/02/2010
Very good and very easy to prepare. I used a can of diced tomatoes and 3 beef bouillion cubes. Left out the fish sauce because I didn't have any on hand. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/11/2009
I thought this was a really good base recipe. I didn't have any fish sauce so I substituted with some chili powder. We like our food spicy anyway. I also added some celery because I had some to use up. I just threw everything in a pot and let it simmer. Really simple and really easy to clean up. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2011
I gave this a 5 star for its simplicity and ease. It's also different from the other stews because of the addition of the fish sauce. It gives it a bolder flavor. Be careful with it though...if you're not used to it it might be a bit much. So cut it down to just about 1 tbsp. It is definitely meant to be eaten with rice. And don't use ground beef with more than 15% fat otherwise it'll be too greasy. Thank you for the recipe. My boys loved it! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2012
Delish! This is a wonderful soup! I made a few changes.. added two tomatoes instead of one and a small chunk of ginger. I also cut the amount of fish sauce to 1 tbs. Its very tasty and wonderful over rice. Read More
(3)
Rating: 4 stars
05/17/2013
Very delicious! We don't like fish so I left out the fish oil. I did add 2 dashes of Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce as it was a little bland when I did the taste test before serving. Read More