This dish Giniling you don't hear much about when you're talking Filipino dishes. My mom doesn't make this very often, but when she does everyone in the family loves it.

Beef Giniling

My mom's version is a pretty common one, but I decided to make mine a little bit fancier and add red and green bell peppers. I even made a green bell pepper bowl to go with it just to make it more presentable. Ingredients:
  • 1 Lb. of Lean ground beef
  • 1 Large potato diced
  • 1 Small onion diced
  • 1 Small tomato diced
  • 2 Gloves of garlic smashed
  • 2 Tbs. Corn oil
  • 3 Tbs. Soy sauce
  • ½ Green bell pepper diced
  • ½ Red bell pepper diced
  • ½ Tsp. Ground black pepper
  • ½ Tbs. MSG
  • Pinch of salt if necessary
Cooking Process:
  1. In large pan saute garlic in corn oil until golden brown and then add the ground beef.
  2. Break ground beef apart as it cooks, cover, and simmer for 3 minutes.
  3. Add onions and let them cook until they hit the shiny stage.
  4. Next add ground black pepper, msg, soy sauce, potato, and tomato.
  5. Stir, cover, and simmer on medium low heat for 10 minutes.
  6. Taste and add salt if necessary.
  7. Add the bell peppers and cook for an additional 1-minute.
  8. Serve with rice and enjoy!
Note: Also try the Turo-Turo Style Giniling. Check it out! Optional: To make the bell pepper bowl: cut around the bell pepper with a carving knife in a saw tooth, jagged edge pattern. Remove all the seeds and rinse. Scoop the cooked ground beef into the bell peppers and arrange on an individual plate and serve it with white or fried rice.

Ground Beef




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28 Responses to “Giniling”

  1. marian del rosario says:

    hello! i’ve been asking everyone i know about giniling guisado recipe and i didnt know that i would find it here. this dish reminds me of my childhood, it was my grandma who always prepares this dish when she knows that my family would have lunch at her house. thanks so much!

  2. You’re welcome Marian! One thing I like about this dish it’s quick and easy to make. You can make this with or without the bell peppers, I like it either way, they are both good.

  3. Angie says:

    Hi! Nice blog you have here. I was trying to search for a recipe of Giniling na Pork. I think I found it, I can just use pork instead of beef. Hope to exchange link with you. Thanks for your helpful recipe. Take care!

  4. ela says:

    you’re right. you don’t hear much of giniling guisado but i know for sure that everyone will love it once they tasted it. we always have this dish almost every week. thanks for the post. ingat

  5. art says:

    thanks for this helpful link, i miss that tasty ulam!, my loal makes em but added raisins …(or was that picadillo??)
    now how about recipes for ginatang tambakol or bopis..hehehe!
    more power to your website!

  6. Rosa says:

    Thanks! This recipe sure was a great start for beginners like me in cooking.

  7. awi says:

    Hi. You are a lifesaver! I was desperately looking for a recipe that would help salvage the 1-kilo lumpia mix I prepared last night and I can say that this is the perfect solution! Unfortunately, the lumpia wrappers here in Lopburi(Thailand) are different from those we have sa ‘Pinas so my first attempt looked very much like a banana turon. Now, with your recipe, I’ll just chop some potatoes and bell peppers and presto! Para na rin akong kumain ng Afritadang giniling ng Gloria’s Eatery, hehehe!

  8. tina says:

    picadillo was mentioned in the movie, mighty heart where marianne pearl played by angelina jolie, cooks this dish while she awaits the return of her beloved, daniel pearl. thank u for this local version, but if u prefer it with bell peppers, i liked mine with whole olives, complements the richness of beef with the tangy taste of olives. try it.

  9. Tricia says:

    My mom used to make this for me when I was little. I loved it. Unfortunately, I know suffer from debilitating migranes that are triggered by certain things and MSG is one of them. Is there any way to make it without the MSG and have it taste the same?

  10. Marie says:

    we use the same method in cooking this recipe, love it

  11. Alexie says:

    Hi there, My hubby really likes this and i will cook it later.I actually research for this recipe so i could prepare it for Him.

    Thanks for the precise infos and nice pics.

  12. chris says:

    I put my mom’s recipe. It’s a little variation of yours. No peppers. Mine has raisins.

  13. Thanks for the recipe. It really works.

  14. Sookie says:

    This is good. I dislike MSG so I replaced the MSG with a pinch of salt. And I added some dried basil…

  15. Sookie,

    I don’t know what’s your reason why you dislike MSG, but adding more salt to the dish does not make it more healthier for you. I think too much salt is more harmful than a pinch of MSG. Don’t be fooled by thinking you’re not using MSG on a daily basis, 90% of what you buy on the market contains some form of MSG. I just thought I’d let you know that just in case you weren’t aware of it. 🙂


  16. cem says:

    very similar to “biber dolmasi” (pepper filling) a Turkish food. It looks delicious, i will try this weekend for sure

  17. rhoy says:

    hay……salamat sa post mo at maipagluluto ko na ang maganda kong asawa….thanx a lot and god bless……

  18. Riley says:

    Uhm, I DO make this dish quite often (and I find it quite wonderful, even though I just got it from my Filipino parents) and don’t usually make it with MSG. It’s not that MSG doesn’t add flavour, but it’s unrecommended if you want a nice healthy meal, which the giniling already is, provided that it has meat and vegetables and rice already (protein, minerals, and carbs). It would be wonderful to serve with an egg if it’s for breakfast. 🙂

  19. amirah says:

    hi! thanks for posting this recipe. I really love this menu, I also tried putting tomato sauce and a little sugar. an dmy family really love it.

  20. Roselle says:

    I forgot to include bell pepper in the list, my helper went to the nearest little market blocks from here. Then I read tina’s “tangy taste of olives”. I always keep a bottle. And viola, she proactively bought green peas now.The more colorful,the more nutritious!

  21. Chelle says:

    Niluto ko to knina lng..pinatikim ko c hubby at sabi nya msarap dw..yes..first time ko lutuin to..sobrang malaking tulong yung mga recipe sa net,tapos mdali lng ung steps..s mga ktulad ko na ngayon lng ng uumpisang mgluto dahil my asawa na..this kind of easy steps will really help.. .tnx.

  22. jeanette says:

    thank you so much for sharing this recipe! It will be our lunch for today! got all the ingredients ready, as a matter of fact! God bless!!!

  23. You’re very welcome Jeanette! 🙂

  24. Trix says:

    Well,thank you for sharinng, surely im gonna try this giniling guisado.

  25. carma says:

    i was planning to cook this later for lunch but cant remember how to do it.. ur blog is a lifesaver!!! Thnxxx


  26. Cristina Leigh'' says:

    hi, I will try this recipe as I got all the ingredients.

  27. Raida says:

    Thanks for your recipe because of that I have new yummy dish for Dinner tonight 🙂 very nice presentation for sure my husband and son like it :))))

  28. this recipe is so yummy! i love to cook husband and i enjoy the food.thanks gyus!

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