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Filipino Recipes

Filipino Baguio Beans Stew Recipe (Abitsuelas Guisado)

Filipino Baguio Beans Stew Recipe (Abitsuelas Guisado)

Serves 3-4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Region Asian


  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic (crashed)
  • 1/2 cup Onion (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup Tomato (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup Pork meat (Cubed)
  • 1/4 cup Shrimp
  • 1/4kg abitsuelas (baguio beans) (sliced 1)
  • 1 cup shrimp soup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper


Step 1
Saute onion, garlic, tomato in a preheat oil in a pan.
Step 2
add pork meat until red disappeared and meat is tender
Step 3
add shrimp and abitsuelas (beans).
Step 4
Pour the shrimp soup.
Step 5
Wait until the vegetable is cooked.
Step 6
add salt and pepper to taste.

Filipino Beef Caldereta Recipe

Filipino beef caldereta is a traditional filipino recipe. The dish is quite popular around the Luzon area in the Philippines. Commonly this dish is served during parties or festivals and special occasions.

Filipino Beef Caldereta Recipe

Serves 4
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 2 hours, 30 minutes
Total time 3 hours
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot


  • 1kg Beef (Cubed)
  • 2 pieces Red Potatoes (Diced)
  • 1 Large Carrot (Diced)
  • 1 piece Red Onion (Chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic (Crushed)
  • 1 piece Red bell pepper (Cubed)
  • 1 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 Large Bay Leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Black pepper


  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco


Step 1
Heat the cooking oil in the pan at medium heat and saute the garlic and onion.
Step 2
Add the beef and let it cook until the beef turns brown
Step 3
Add the water and let it boil until the beef is tender (approximately 1,5 to 2 hours)
Step 4
Add the carrots and potatoes until they are soft.
Step 5
Add the tomato sauce and the liver paste and let the mixture simmer for another 10 minutes
Step 6
Add the rest of the ingredients and let is simmer for another 5 minutes
Step 7
Finally add salt and pepper to taste and the dish is ready to be served.

Filipino Pancit Sotanghon Guisado recipe

Filipino Pancit Sotanghon Guisedo DishFilipino Pancit Sotanghon Guisado  is another variety of noodle dish which uses Sotanghon (vermicelli) as the main ingrediënt. This dish typically uses anato seeds or Achiote (achuete) for coloring purposes but since it’s hard to find in our area, if not unavailable, i decided not to include it in the list of ingredients.


Ingredients needed for Filipino Pancit Sotanghon Guisado Dish are::

  • 1 klo. Vermicelli noodles
  • 1 chicken cube
  • 1 kilo chicken
  • 1000 ml water
  • virgin coconut oil or ordinary cooking oil
  • 1 medium sized onion (diced)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 pcs small-medium sized carrots (julliened)
  • about 1 cup spring onions (chopped)
  • 2-3 tbsp. fish sauce
  • fried garlic (optional)

Procedures for cooking Filipino Pancit Sotanghon Guisado Dish:

  1. Put the chicken cube in the water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Add the chicken and let it simmer until it becomes soft enough to fall apart on its own. (about an hour).
  3. Remove the chicken from the broth. Set aside the broth for later use.
  4. Shred the chicken. Discard skin and bones. Set aside.
  5. Heat cooking oil in a pan. Saute onion and garlic.
  6. Add the shredded chicken and saute for about 3 minutes.
  7. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  8. Add the carrots and spring onions and cook for 3 minutes.
  9. Add the fish sauce and the sotanghon noodles. Mix well while cooking for about 2 minutes.
  10. Lastly, garnish with some spring onions and fried garlic.


Filipino Sweet Macaroni Salad

Filipino Sweet Macaroni SaladFilipino Sweet Macaroni Salad is a favorite Filipino dish among children especially cause of it’s sweet taste. Filipino Sweet Macaroni Salad is typically served during occasions like birthday parties, Christmas and other special occasions. Filipino Sweet Macaroni Salad is a fairly easy dish to cook and doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare.



The main ingrediënt needed for the Filipino Sweet Macaroni Salad are:

  • 250 grams of Elbow Macaroni
  • One can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1.5 cups of drained nata de coco (coconut gel)
  • One cup of Raisins
  • Mayonnaise
  • 100 Grams of Cheddar Cheese
  • One can of drained Pineapple (500 g)
  • One can of drained Fruit Cocktail (500 g)
  • One green apple (cubed)

Procedure to prepare Filipino Sweet Macaroni Salad:

First bring some water to a cook and place the elbow Macaroni into the pan. Let it boil according to the directions on the package. When done drain the water and rinse the macaroni with cold water and let it cool down for about 20 minutes.

When the macaroni is done place it in a big bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.Mix all the combined ingredients very well and cover the bowl.

Finally place the covered bowl in the fridge for about an hour.

Lastly serve the Filipino Sweet Macaroni Salad cold.

Filipino Crispy Pata Dish

Crispy Pata Filipino Dishes

Crispy Pata Filipino Dishes

Crispy Pata is yet another traditional Filipino Dish made from fried pork legs. Pata which means Pork Feet in the Spanish language is quite popular due to it’s crispiness and delicious taste after dipping it in vinigar with soya sauce.  Even it’s not a healthy Filipino Dish cause it’s high in cholesterol, people can’t resist the the delicious taste of the pork and it’s ease to eat.

The main ingrediënt needed for the Crispy Pata dish are:

  • One pork leg (pata) with skin
  • Four litres water for boiling
  • Two tablespoons of salt
  • Cooking Oil for frying
  • Three bay leaves
Ingrediënts needed for the Crispy Pata Sauce:
  • One red onion
  • Three cloves garlic
  • Two tablespoons of sugar
  • Half cup of water
  • One cup vinegar
  • Quarter cup of soy sauce
  • One tablespoon of  black pepper (grinded)
Procedure to prepare Filipino Crispy Pata dish:

First take the pork leg and boil it with two tablespoons of salt and bay leaves in four litres of water for about one hour until the pork is tender.  When it’s done and the meat it tender enough let it drain/air dry for about three hours. Make sure the meat is really dry and all moisture is out of the meat!

Add oil into a deep frying pan or wok and make sure it reaches boiling heat. Add the crispy pata into the oil until the skin puffs up. It’s important that the skin becomes crunchy! Don’t leave leave this process unattended!
When done, remove it from the oil, place it on a place and serve the Crispy Pata while it’s still hot together with the sauce.
Procedure to prepare Filipino Crispy Pata Sauce:
Prepare the red onions and by chopping it finely together with the garlic cloves.
Mix the vinegar, water and soya sauce together. When done add the chopped onions and garlic and two tablespoons of sugar. Finally season the sauce with salt and pepper.

Filipino Ginataang Halo-Halo Dessert

Filipino Ginataang Halo-Halo DessertGinataan is a word that, in english,  literally means “done with coconut milk”. Meaning that any food cooked in coconut milk can be described as Ginataan. In the Philippines we know a variety of Filipino Ginataan as a Dessert. In this Blog we will describe the most common cooked Ginataan.
The ingredients needed for this dessert are:
  • one cup of glutininous rice (sweet rice) flour
  • six saba, sliced
  • three cups of coconut milk
  • cup of water
  • 100 g cooked sago pearls
  • one camote (sweet potato), cubed
  • half cup of white sugar
  • one gabi (taro root), cubed

The procedure to prepare this dessert is:

  1. Mix the rice flour and the water together and blend them well using hands until it gets soft and dough like
  2. Make them into small balls and place them aside.
  3. Put the coconut milk in a pan, add some sugar and bring it to a boil.
  4. Next add the sliced saba, sago, camote gabi and flour balls. let the mix simmer on a reduced heat for another 15 minutes until the whole mixture is properly cooked. When finished place it in a bowl and serve  it warm.

Filipino Puto Recipe (Rice Flour Cake)

Filipino Puto RecipeFilipino Puto is a steamed rice cake that traditionally can be eaten with fresh grated coconut or butter. All Filipino’s grew up with this delicious commonly round shaped merienda. It is commonly served during parties, festivals and sometimes eaten for breakfast.

Ingredients needed to cook Filipino Puto Recipe:

  • two cups flour or rice flour
  • two tablespoons of baking powder
  • one egg beaten
  • half cup evaporated milk
  • three tablespoons of butter or softened margarine
  • one cup granulated sugar
  • one and a half cup of water

Cooking procedure for Filipino Puto Recipe:

Put the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl and mix all ingredients together. When it’s properly mixed add the egg, evaporated milk, melted butter and water and keep mixing it until it’s smooth. Put the mixture into a mold and into a steamer for about 20 minutes without opening the steamer. The Puto will be done but if you prefer to add some toppings it’s possible to put it now and let it steam for another 3 minutes. After 3 minutes you can remove the Puto from the molds and let it cool down. You are now done with making Puto and it’s ready to be served.

Filipino Cheesy Pineapple Chicken Dish

Filipino Cheesy Pineapple Chicken DishCheesy Pineapple Chicken is a variation of the traditional Filipino pineapple chicken recipe. Aside from the traditional used chicken and pineapple that are being used for this dish we also added some cheddar cheese to experiment with the taste and I must say, it tasted terrific!




Ingredients needed to make cheesy pineapple chicken:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/2 kilo boneless chicken. cut into serving size.
  • 2-3 tbsp. fish sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 small can pineapple chunks in syrup
  • 1 medium size potato, peeled, cut into cubes
  • 1 small size carrot, peeled, cut into cubes
  • 1 small can evaporated milk
  • 1-2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into square
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese

Cooking procedure for cheesy pineapple chicken:

In a cooking pan heat the olive oil and saute garlic and onion until fragrant. Add in the chicken and brown all sides. Add in the fish sauce and a few dash of pepper. Mix thoroughly. Add in about 3/4 cup water, the pineapple syrup, the potato and carrots then bring to a boil and simmer until the liquid is reduced to about half. Now increase the heat a little, add  in the milk, sugar and pineapple, continue to cook until the vegetables are almost done, stirring occasionally. Add in the bell pepper and continue to cook until all the vegies are cook. Add in the cheese and continue to cook for another minute or until the cheese is melted and the sauce has thickened. Adjust seasoning until you get the desired taste. Serve hot.

Filipino Tapsilog

Filipino Tapsilog Recipe DishTapsilog is a combination of three tagalog words: Tapa which are fried beef strips, sinangag which is fried rice and itlog which means egg. Tapsilog is usually served for breakfast and can be found even in famous fastfood chains in the Philippines.

Ingredients needed to make Tapsilog

  • 500 grams of beef
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper (grounded)
  • 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of finely grated garlic
  • 1 thinly sliced onion
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 3 cups of fried rice
  • 3 fried eggs, sunny side up
The Procedure to make Filipino Tapsilog has to be done in two steps:
Step 1: Preparing the beef (Tapa)

Slice the beef into small strips and place the sliced beef pieces aside. Mix the salt, black pepper, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar and garlic in a bowl. Get a transparent plastic bag and put the sliced strips of beef inside the bag together with the mixed ingredients. Mix the beef and the ingredients well and place the mix into the refrigerator for approximately 20 hours.Step 2: preparing the beef tapa and serving the dish.

To make the beef tender put two cups of water in a cooking pan, place the marinated tapa in the pan and let it boil until the water evaporates. When there’s no more water, add about two or two and a half tablespoon of oil in a non-stick frying pan. Spread the slices of over the entire bottom of the pan for even cooking and fry until it’s almost done.  Add some ontion slices, stir, cook for another one minute and turn off the heat. Place the tapa on a plate and serve the dish with fried rice and egg.

Filipino Leche Flan Dessert

Filipino Leche Flan DessertThere isn’t a Filipino that didn’t grow up with this Filipino Dish. It’s sweet taste of sugar melt on your tongue when eating it. Filipino’s call it Leche Flan which originally came from the spanish word flan de leche. Leche flan can be made in different ways like over an flame or stove top and seldomly also baked. Leche Flan is often served at parties and other celebrations like Fiesta.

Ingredients needed to cook the filipino dessert Leche Flan:

  • Twelve egg yolks
  • One can evaporated milk
  • One can condensed milk
  • Brown Sugar for a syrup

Procedure to prepare this Filipino Leche Flan dessert:

Mix all twelve egg yolks the evaporated milk and the condensed milk all together. Put the mixture in a wok and let it steam for about 40 minutes or longer until the mixture becomes firm. Cool leche flan and invert it on a plate. Finally put the Leche flan syrup as described below over the mixture and it’s ready to be served.

Procedure to prepare Leche Flan Syrup:

Melt the brown sugar in a heavy pot until it’s golden brown, add some hot water to dissolve the carmelized sugar until a syrup is formed.