Beef Tinaktak


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1onion, diced
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup (1-inch) sliced green onions
  • ¼ cup light soy sauce, divided
  • 1lemon, juiced, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cube beef bouillon(Optional)
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, halved
  • 1 cup 1-inch cut green beans
  • 1 (13.5 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1hot red chile pepper (donne’sali), chopped(Optional)
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Place beef in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir until browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess grease.


  • Step 2

    Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, tomatoes, green onions, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 1/2 the lemon juice, garlic, beef bouillon, and black pepper. Cook and stir until flavors combine, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in water chestnuts and green beans; cook and stir until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Stir drained ground beef, remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and lemon juice into the skillet. Pour in coconut milk slowly; add chile pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer until coconut milk is heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Cook's note:

    Substitute the donne’sali with another hot chile pepper if preferred.

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