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Filipino Beef Nilaga recipe

Filipino Beef Nilaga recipe

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  • Ingredients
  • Meat and poultry
  • Beef
  • Braised beef

This classic Filipino stew is a comforting one-pot meal. Serve alone or with rice.

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IngredientsServes: 5

  • 2kg beef short ribs
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns, crushed
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • 2 carrots, cut in chunks
  • 2 sticks celery, quartered
  • 1 chayote squash (christophine), peeled and quartered
  • 2 potatoes, quartered
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cabbage, cut into wedges

MethodPrep:30min ›Cook:1hr30min ›Ready in:2hr

  1. Place the beef ribs in a large saucepan or casserole with enough water to cover. Bring to the boil over high heat, and boil for 5 minutes. Drain; discard the cooking water (the ribs will not be fully cooked).
  2. Return the beef to the pan. Pour in the 1 litre water, peppercorns, onions and beef stock cubes. Bring to the boil, cover, reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour.
  3. Skim any fat floating on the surface. Stir in the carrots, celery, chayote squash and potatoes; cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Season with salt. Add cabbage and cook an additional 5 minutes.


You can find Christophine - a pear-shaped squash also known as chow chow or chayote squash - at Caribbean or Asian markets.

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Reviews & ratingsAverage global rating:(10)

Reviews in English (5)

by Mary

Really good for short ribs. I dredged the ribs in flour and browned them first, threw it all into a slow cooker and added bay leaf and garlic powder.-12 Jan 2014

by GourmetGale

I added garlic salt and seasoned salt after it was cooked. It made the dish much tastier. If you don't "doctor" it a bit, it is incredibly bland. That being said, the fresh veggies were wonderful. Meat was just so-so.-10 Mar 2013

by Dian Aniel Watson

This is a great Filipino recipe. The real authentic way to eat this is over rice and to have patis aka fish sauce on the side so the dish isn't so bland.-17 Oct 2016

Watch the video: My Moms Beef Nilaga Recipe - Nilagang Baka (January 2022).