Filipino Giniling

I love hearing my wife tell stories of how she grew up, in particular some of the Filipino food items that they would eat. My wife is part Filipino, and since being married to her, I have become very interested in Filipino cuisine. I will admit, you simply do not see a whole lot of Filipino food out there. Think about it. Where have you seen a Filipino restaurant in your neighborhood? If you have never had any Filipino food, you should, as it is actually really good, and when offered, I try to sample as much as I can.

It was not too long ago where I was contacted by a marketing firm to see if I was interested in marketing some product by a ranch in Texas. After doing my research, I was more than happy to sample some really fantastic product by Branch Ranch. I had a handful of ideas to use their delicious cuts of meat, and in particular, a great Filipino dish that I know everyone would enjoy, and especially my wife.

Filipino Giniling Recipe

The Filipino dish is called giniling. Don’t let the name intimidate you. Consider giniling as being ground beef mixed with a handful of vegetables and spices that is served on top a bed of rice. Giniling is one of those dishes my wife loved when growing up. It was one of those dishes that once served, would be left out on the stove for her siblings to return to as a snack throughout the day. I will admit, I did the same, and this is a dish that is hearty, and full of great flavor, and is definitely worth returning to throughout the day, whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner.


  • 1 lb of premium ground beef (I used, and recommend Branch Ranch Ground Beef)
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large roma tomato, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large potato, peeled, and cubed
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce (patis)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Cooked rice

Begin by adding your potatoes to a pot of water, bring to a boil, and set aside for about 5-10 minutes. During this time, brown your ground beef, and once fully browned, drain any access fat. Place the ground beef in a large bowl.

Filipino Giniling Recipe Ingredients

To the same pot you cooked your ground beef in, add in the oil and bring to a medium heat. Toss in your carrots, cooking for about 5 minutes. Next add in your onion and your garlic. Give a good stir, and continue to cook for a few minutes or until the onions become translucent. Drain your potatoes, and toss those into the pot along with the bell peppers, tomato, and the peas. Add in your cooked ground beef, the fish sauce, the soy sauce, and the cracked black pepper. Give this a good stir, cooking for a couple of more minutes.

To serve, scoop some rice into the bottom of a small bowl, pressing down to form a mold. Quickly turn the bowl over onto a serving plate and top with the giniling.

This Filipino ground beef dish is a must try. It packs some really great flavor from the array of vegetables alongside the taste of the fish sauce. This dish is great any time of the day, and is one of my favorites to be used at breakfast time. I hope you enjoy.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

2 thoughts to “Filipino Giniling”

  1. I love to try different foods! This sounds similar to something my mother in law makes. Although hers has a sauce. Either way im bookmarking this any trying it very soon! Thanks for posting.

  2. Hello my name is Selena Gomez. I love trying new food everyday! I tried this recipe and it tasted very good and I was wondering if there was other food out there that are related to this dish.

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