Recipe By Pamela Leyva
Published Jun 19th
Prep 25m Cook 15m Additional - Ready In 40m
Servings 6 servings Calories 487.7

This dish is one of my favorites to eat. It’s a comfort food for me, and I love it. This is my own personal way of making this. It’s pretty easy to make and does not take long all. This dish is a Philippine dish, and it is usually eaten with white rice. Contrary to the picture, you will not add peas.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil, or as needed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup water, or as needed
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
  • 2 medium red potatoes
  • 10 baby carrots, or more to taste, cubed
  • ½ cup raisins, or more to taste
  • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans tomato sauce with salt (such as Contadina®)
  • ½ orange bell pepper, diced
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until light golden brown, about 1 minute. Add beef and 1/2 cup water; cook and stir until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with black pepper and add more water as needed; do not let beef dry out.
  2. 2 Add 3 tablespoons soy sauce, potatoes, and carrots to the saucepan with the beef. Add more water as needed to prevent drying out. Cook 4 minutes; add raisins. Cook 2 to 3 minutes more, adding water as needed to make sure beef does not dry out.
  3. 3 Add 1 can of sauce to the saucepan with the beef mixture. Fill that can with water, stir to remove excess sauce, and pour water into saucepan. Add 1/2 of the remaining can of sauce to the saucepan; stir to combine. Add more water as needed to create a sauce-like but not soupy consistency.
  4. 4 Add bell pepper, remaining 3 tablespoons soy sauce, and sugar. Cook until all vegetables are soft, about 3 to 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally and adding water as needed to be sure the sauce does not dry out.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 487.7
  • Carbohydrate 35.4 g
  • Cholesterol 92.9 mg
  • Fat 26.1 g
  • Fiber 3.2 g
  • Protein 28.6 g
  • Saturated Fat 9.7 g
  • Sodium 1331.9 mg
  • Sugar 19.7 g


  1. This is my favorite food since when I was a kid, I made this now and my American boyfriend likes it. 1 out of 10? Solid 8.
  2. Didn't use as much water, put less sugar, added peas and used ground chicken instead of ground beef. Pretty good :)
  3. i did a great job! better than when i made it last time! hmmmm
  4. Very good but I think I needed to add more water to make a sauce.
  5. Great recipe to follow. I was craving this dish after returning from my trip to the Philippines and it came out just as I imagined it to be!! I used beef stock instead of water and just eyed how much I needed. Used one potato instead. Brown sugar 3 table spoons.
  6. One of my favorite childhood dishes. This recipe is really yummy, thank you! Also thank your excluding the peas. I agree with previous poster. I did not add all the water because I was afraid it was getting too soupy. Next time I'll start with 2 tbsp of sugar and work my way up. The - Read more ...
  7. This recipe is really good! didnt follow it exactly tho. I used less water throughout because by the end it would be too watery. I was a little worried that it would end up being a soup but the tomato sauce thickens it up. used probably half of the sugar called for because i didnt - Read more ...
  8. I made this because I was missing my mom s Filipino home cooking. Easy to make and it is definitely a Filipino comfort food for me and my family.
  9. I made it tonight since I miss eating this growing up. Thank you for this. I may have to make this all the time. American husband loves it. Thank you!