The Filipino dish “Beef Giniling” is made by cooking ground beef with onions and garlic, then combining the cooked beef with frozen mixed vegetables and raisins for sweetness. The meal, which is designed to be eaten over rice, is seasoned with soy sauce, oyster sauce, and tomato paste to give it a reddish color.

Giniling is a dish brought to the Philippines by the Spanish invaders that has since become a popular and necessary component of Filipino cuisine. This Spanish-influenced dish, known as “Picadillo” in Latin America, can be served in the form of empanadas, with rice, or wrapped in tortillas. It is also referred to as “Picadillo” in Spain.

This variation is one of my favorites among ground beef dishes because of the fantastic flavor it provides and the fact that it contains a range of vegetables. In the Philippines, we called it “Giniling.” Although beef is the most commonly utilized meat, pig and chicken are also popular options that may be found in a variety of restaurants and recipes produced at home.

This dish is not only inexpensive but also highly recommended by culinary professionals due to its simplicity and ability to be prepared in a short amount of time. In this post, I show you how to make my own version of beef giniling, which, despite its simplicity, is pretty tasty.


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.


  • 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.


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 simplicity and versatility of the dish make it a go-to option for home cooks searching for a quick and excellent meal. The recipe asks for browning the ground beef with onions and garlic before adding carrots, potatoes, and peas. The addition of soy sauce, tomato sauce, and seasonings takes the dinner to the next level, infusing it with a rich and delectable flavor.

One of the recipe’s features is the ability to customise it based on personal preferences. Some variants may include extra ingredients, such as bell peppers or raisins, to give the dish a distinct flavor. This versatility allows for culinary creativity as well as the option to modify 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.