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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Balbacua is a Filipino stew prepared with oxtails, saba bananas and white beans slowly simmered in sauce made with tomatoes, peanut butter and black bean paste.


  • 1.5 kg ox tail (preferably with skin on)
  • 4 pcs Cardaba bananas (Saba bananas)
  • 1 large can baked beans / pork and beans
  • 3 heaping tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp black bean paste
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 stalks baby leeks, sliced
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • fish sauce
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes for garnishing


  1. In a large pot add oil then brown ox tail on all sides. Once browned remove ox tail then set it aside.
  2. Add garlic and onions then sauté until onions are soft.
  3. Pour the water, beef stock and add the ox tail back. Bring to a boil then simmer for 1.5 hours.
  4. Add the Saba banana, leeks, peanut butter, tomato paste, black bean paste and tomato paste bring back to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Season with fish sauce and freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Remove from heat, garnish with chopped tomatoes then serve with rice.