If you’re a fan of Filipino cuisine, you’re probably familiar with classic beef dishes like Nilaga, Bulalo, Kare-kare, and Kaldereta. While these dishes are undeniably delicious, there’s a whole world of beef recipes waiting to be explored beyond these well-known favorites. In this post, we’re going to introduce you to some exciting beef dishes that you might not have tried before.
From crispy tadyang ng baka to savory carne frita, these dishes offer unique flavors and cooking techniques that showcase the versatility of beef in Filipino cuisine. We’ve even included copycat recipes for some of the most popular dishes from beloved fast food chain Jollibee and Andok’s.
So, whether you’re looking to expand your beef recipe repertoire or simply crave something different from the usual suspects, keep reading for some mouthwatering ideas that will inspire your next cooking adventure.
Asado de Carajay – Satisfy your cravings with this Filipino braised beef dish in a wok cooked with a delicious blend of soy sauce, bay leaves, peppercorns, calamansi, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, and carrots.
Balbacua – Take your taste buds on an adventure with this slow-simmered Filipino stew made with oxtails, saba bananas, and white beans, all cooked in a tasty sauce made with tomatoes, peanut butter, and black bean paste.
Batutay Longganisa – Savor the distinct flavor of this Filipino longganisa made with beef. Prepared hamonado, de recado, or skinless, it’s a perfect addition to your breakfast or meal.
Beef Lumpia – Bite into the crunchy and delicious Filipino spring roll filled with savory minced beef and carrots, deep-fried until golden brown.
Beef Steak a La Crema – Treat your taste buds to the tantalizing flavor of thinly sliced beef pan-fried to perfection and served with mushrooms in a creamy onion and lemon sauce.
Binondo Style Beef Tendon Curry – Satisfy your cravings for sticky, melt-in-your-mouth beef with this Filipino-Chinese dish, slowly simmered with garlic, ginger, onion, red bell pepper, lemongrass, Chinese herbal seasoning mix, curry powder, and coconut milk.
Camto Soup – Warm up your stomach with a delicious and hearty Filipino beef soup primarily prepared with flank steak or “camto.” Served with noodles in popular Pares eateries, it starts like your ordinary nilagang baka, but with an exceptional twist!
Carne Frita – Thin strips of beef fried to crispy perfection and smothered in a savory sauce made with soy, garlic, and calamansi – a Filipino dish that packs a flavorful punch!
Copycat Andok’s Litson Baka – Indulge in the succulent flavors of Filipino cuisine with this dish of charcoal-grilled beef seasoned with lemongrass, garlic, onions, and spices – a copycat recipe that’s as good as the original!
Copycat Jollibee Garlic Pepper Beef – Satisfy your craving for the bold taste of garlic and pepper with this Jollibee-style dish of tender beef drenched in a rich, savory sauce. Perfect for those who love a good gravy!
Copycat Jollibee Honey Beef Rice – Treat your taste buds to the sweet and tangy flavors of this Jollibee-inspired dish of thinly sliced beef cooked in a thick soy-honey sauce. A delicious meal that’s sure to please!
Crispy Tadyang ng Baka – Looking for the perfect beer match? Try this Filipino pulutan made of twice-cooked beef ribs that are first boiled in adobo sauce and then deep-fried to crispy perfection. A must-try for any meat lover!
Gotong Batangas Bulalo – Get the best of both worlds with this delicious fusion of Gotong Batangas and Bulalo – a hearty soup dish of beef leg bones cooked with annatto seeds, garlic, and ginger. A comforting meal that’s perfect for any day!
Imbaliktad – Take your taste buds on a flavorful journey with this Ilocano dish of medium rare stir-fried beef seasoned with garlic, onion, ginger, and vinegar. A dish that’s sure to satisfy any meat lover’s cravings!
Kalderetang Batangas – Skip the usual tomato sauce and try this unique version of the classic Filipino beef stew. This Kaldereta from Batangas is cooked in a normal beef stock with liver spread, cheese, peanut butter, and pickle relish – a dish that’s sure to surprise and delight your taste buds!
Manyaman Beef Asado – Transport your taste buds to the delicious flavors of Pampanga with this beef stew cooked in a tomato-based sauce mixed with Chinese-style asado ingredients like star anise and brown sugar. A dish that’s manyaman (delicious) in every bite!
Menudo Sulipeña – A savory Filipino stew with oxtails slow-simmered to perfection! Packed with ham, Chorizo, chickpeas and capsicum in a tomato-based sauce, Menudo Sulipeña is a crowd-pleaser you won’t want to miss.
Papis – Don’t let tough beef cuts intimidate you! Papis is a hearty Filipino recipe that combines brisket and tendons with baked beans in tomato sauce. Perfect for a comforting meal on a chilly day.
Pigar Pigar – Satisfy your craving for a quick and tasty snack with Pigar Pigar! A popular street food in Dagupan, Philippines made with thin slices of beef and liver, deep-fried to perfection and served with fresh slices of onions. It’s so delicious, it even has its own festival!
Riyandang – Did you know that the Philippines has its own version of the popular Southeast Asian dish, Rendang? Try Riyandang, a Filipino Maranao dish made with beef slowly cooked with spices and aromatics in coconut milk and toasted coconut meat. It’s a flavor explosion that you won’t forget!
Rodic’s-Style Chopped Beef Tapa – Corned beef meets Tapa in this mouthwatering dish! A copycat of the popular diner, Rodic’s, this dish features flaked beef marinated in tapa-style sauces and spices. It’s a perfect breakfast or anytime meal that you’ll love!
Tausug Beef Kulma – Get ready to savor the rich flavors of Tausug Beef Kulma! This beef curry dish closely resembles Korma, and might be where the dish has originated from as the name is very similar. You won’t be able to resist the irresistible aroma and taste!
Tinadtad na Baka – Looking for a unique spin on the classic Filipino sinigang? Try Tinadtad na Baka, a dish found in Sta. Rosa that features minced beef and/or chopped beef sautéed in onion, garlic, and tomatoes. Cooked with an array of vegetables and flavored with bilimbi and fish sauce, this dish is a must-try!
Tiyula Itum – Who says soup has to be boring? Try Tiyula Itum, a Filipino beef soup prepared with beef or goat pieces that were cooked with lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, and charred coconut meat. Its unique black color comes from burnt coconut meat, and the flavors will have you coming back for more!
Walastik Pares – Beef innards never tasted so good! Wilber Ramos’ version of Beef Pares, Walastik Pares features a slightly thick sauce and uses beef brains, intestines, bone marrow, and tendons, making it a flavorful and unique take on a classic dish.
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