The Filipino meal known as “Beef Giniling” is prepared by cooking ground beef with onions and garlic, then combining the cooked beef with frozen mixed veggies and raisins for a touch of added sweetness. The meal, which is meant to be consumed with rice, is seasoned with soy sauce, oyster sauce, and tomato paste for the purpose of giving it a reddish hue.
Giniling is a meal that was brought to the Philippines by the Spanish colonizers, and it has since become a well-loved and indispensable component of Filipino cuisine. This meal, which is influenced by Spanish culture and is known as “Picadillo” in Latin America, can be served in the shape of empanadas, with rice, or wrapped in tortillas. It is also known as “Picadillo” in Spain.
This variant is one of my favorites among recipes made with ground beef due to the great flavor it imparts and the fact that it incorporates a variety of veggies. In the Philippines, we referred to it as “Giniling.” Although beef is typically used, pig and chicken are other common alternatives that can be found in a variety of restaurants and dishes that are prepared at home.
Because it is simple and can be prepared in a short amount of time, this dish is not only easy on the wallet but also comes highly recommended by culinary experts. In this post, I demonstrate how to prepare my own version of beef giniling, which, despite its ease of preparation, is quite mouthwatering.
Here are the ingredients to make this delicious Filipino Beef Giniling:
Ground beef: This is the main ingredient for this dish which well serves my protein.
Onion & Garlic: These two herbs will add aroma and flavor to the ground beef dish
Frozen Mixed Vegetables: I use frozen mixed vegetables that are already chopped and can be purchased directly from grocery stores. These vegetables include maize, carrots, and green peas. They contribute a splash of vivacious color to my cuisine, in addition to being nutritious due to the fact that they are veggies.
Condiments: Soy sauce and oyster sauce are the two important condiments that will add savory flavor to the dish.
Raisins: The raisin is another important ingredient that will add sweetness to my giniling baka.
Tomato Paste: I use tomato paste since it will contribute redder color to my dish.
Other Ingredients: You’ll also need vegetable oil to sauté the onion, garlic, and ground beef, as well as salt and black pepper.
- Firstly, I add vegetables to the cooking pan and then I saute the red onion and garlic. Stir till it turns translucent.
- After that, I add the ground beef and then stirred it to combine. Make sure the juice is almost evaporated before adding the other ingredients.
- Next, I added the tomato paste to redden my ground beef.
- After that, I add the frozen mixed vegetables, followed by raisins which I gently stir to mix.
- Lastly, you can add salt and black pepper for taste if needed.
- Serve this delicious beef giniling with white steamed rice. Enjoy!
Chicken Giniling: In this form, ground chicken is combined with various vegetables, raisins, and other flavor sauces.
Arroz Ala Cubana: This dish is similar to ground beef giniling, but it is served with plantain, a sunny-side-up egg, and white steamed rice.
Picadillo: This ground beef version includes frozen mixed veggies, chopped potatoes, tomato paste, and additional spices.
TIPS AND HINTS
Use lean ground beef or ground sirloin for a healthier alternative with less fat.
When browning the ground beef, use a spatula to split it up into smaller pieces. Browning the meat increases the flavor and texture of this dish.
The sweetness of the raisins is balanced by the saltiness of the soy sauce.
For this giniling na baka, you can add other veggies such as potatoes, green beans, or bell pepper.
You can use the ingredients in this recipe to make a filling for tortillas or empanadas. You can also serve it with noodles instead of plain steamed rice.
The recipe’s ease of preparation and variety make it a go-to option for home cooks looking for a quick and tasty meal. The recipe calls for sautéing ground beef with onions and garlic before adding veggies including carrots, potatoes, and peas. The addition of soy sauce, tomato sauce, and seasonings elevates the meal even further, infusing it with a deep and delicious flavor.
The flexibility to personalize the Beef Giniling recipe according to personal preferences is one of its strengths. Some varieties may incorporate extra ingredients such as bell peppers or raisins, which offer a unique flavor to the dish. This adaptability provides for culinary innovation and the ability to tailor the recipe to individual preferences.
Can I use another type of meat instead of beef?
Yes. You can use ground pork, chicken, or turkey. They are all unique and taste delicious.
Can I freeze my beef giniling?
You can store it in the refrigerator using airtight containers or freezer bags, which will last for up to 5 days. But, if you want to store it longer, you can place it in the freezer, which will last for up to 3 months.
Can I make this giniling spicy?
Yes, of course. You can red chili powder or add chilies to this dish.
What do you serve this giniling with?
Traditionally, it is eaten and served with white steamed rice. Also, if you are serving this dish as an Aroz Ala Cubana, you can combine it with plantain and a sunny-side-up egg.
Can I make this vegan-friendly?
If you want a vegan dish, you can substitute ground meat with plant-based alternatives such as textured vegetable protein (TVP), crumbled tofu, or lentils.