Extremely tasty Filipino corned beef recipe that takes only 20 minutes perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Loaded with potatoes, tomatoes, and herbs, this canned corned beef recipe is one you don’t want to miss!
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Only 7 basic ingredients go into this Filipino corned beef recipe that makes this recipe delicious!
This canned corned beef and potatoes recipe is super easy to whip up and simple enough to do on a weekday.
So, who doesn’t love corned beef? After learning how to make this recipe, even with a few optional special touches, there is no denying that you would want this added to your recipe collection!
This post will go over everything you need to know to create this Filipino corned beef recipe.
Recipe difficulty: Simple, easy, and delicious that any beginner cook can do!
This 7-ingredient Filipino canned corned beef recipe takes the basic canned corn beef into a tasty dish full of potatoes and spices! No need to chop perfectly or take detailed measurements! This Filipino corned beef recipe also uses ingredients anyone would have!
Sam’s Pro Tips for this Filipino Corned Beef Recipe
Which Corned Beef to Use?
- Get the right can of corned beef! Corned beef is extremely delicious, but the best corned beef recipe has the perfect size chunks and minimal fat. Therefore, the brand we use is not necessarily a Filipino corned beef brand (that’s ok!), but with the ingredients added to this recipe is what makes this Filipino style dish the perfect accompaniment to Filipino Garlic Fried Rice. We love the Ox & Palm Corned Beef as there are hearty chunks of corned beef, not overly salty, and minimal fat as well.
The Perfect Texture
- Cook the potatoes separately. I personally don’t like my corned beef too dry, as I love the combination with the tomatoes and lemon juice. For this reason, I cook my potatoes separately in a saucepan, so the potatoes don’t absorb too much off the juices from the corned beef. If you want your corned beef more on the dry side, you can cook the potatoes first in the same pan that the corned beef and herbs will be in. However, by tossing the potatoes in separately, your corned beef won’t be too dry and will be the perfect texture over rice.
- Don’t worry, the corned beef will thicken as it cooks uncovered. After the corned beef simmers with the onion, tomato, and garlic covered for 10 minutes, it will then cook for another 10 minutes uncovered. During this time is when the potatoes are tossed in and the corned beef will start to thicken. You can cook to the desired consistency, but remember when it’s uncovered, the liquid will start to dissipate.
Add Some Spice (Optional)
- Elevate your Filipino corned beef recipe with some spice! Now typically, not a lot of Filipino corned beef recipes include a hot pepper or spice. Nevertheless, we love to include habaneros in this dish! This is very similar to our Filipino Beef Giniling to Warm the Soul and our Spicy Filipino Sardines Recipe with Habaneros, which are some of our favorites! You can use fresh habaneros or the Trader Joe’s Hot Crispy Habanero Peppers in Olive Oil, which are dried habanero peppers. For something milder, try using a bell pepper. Trust me, the spice really perks up this tasty dish and you won’t believe this is all from a can!
Key Ingredients – Filipino Corned Beef Recipe
Below are some key and optional ingredients for this recipe:
- Corned beef: As discussed in the Tips section above, the Ox & Palm Corned Beef is our favorite go-to corned beef! While not necessarily a Filipino corned beef can, the ingredients that go into this dish and process is what makes this Filipino-style recipe a popular favorite.
Tomatoes, Vegetables, and Herbs
- Potatoes: Two medium russet potatoes will be used cut into cubes. Now, you don’t want too much potato. So, a good rule of thumb is one potato per can! Simple and easy to remember!
- Onion: Dice one whole onion to sauté with the corned beef for some great flavor!
- Garlic: Not one or two, but four garlic cloves will be minced to give a nice, herbed flavor to the canned corned beef. Trust me, it won’t disappoint!
- Tomatoes: By adding two diced tomatoes, this will give some liquid to the corned beef and give great flavor. It doesn’t necessarily matter what kind of tomatoes, but tomatoes on the vine work great or Roma tomatoes.
- Lemon juice: Don’t skip out on the lemon juice as this gives this Filipino corned beef recipe a fresh finish! It also cuts the saltiness of the corned beef and adds to the flavor from the tomatoes.
- Habanero (optional): All you need is one habanero in this canned corned beef and potatoes recipe for some extra spice! One habanero is plenty, and if you’re feeling adventurous, go for two! The habanero is not specifically needed, as a bell pepper can also be used, but it gives a nice, spicy touch to this recipe. We love using the Trader Joe’s Hot Crispy Habanero Peppers in Olive Oil in a pinch!
- Pepper: No measurements are provided for the pepper as you can add based on preference! I’m a pepper person, so I love adding a ton of pepper. You don’t need salt in this recipe, as the corned beef will give you all the salt you need.
More Variations to this Recipe
There are a few ways you can variate this Filipino corned beef recipe. Here’s how:
- Add some water: Yes, I’m not joking! If you want this corned beef recipe more on the juicy, soft side, you can add a little bit of water to this dish. This will make the corned beef saucier, and great to spoon over Filipino Garlic Fried Rice. Totally up to you!
- What can I pair with this dish? Ginisang corned beef with tomato, or sauteed corned beef with tomato is a Filipino favorite! Typically, corned beef is eaten during breakfast with a sunny side up egg and Filipino Garlic Fried Rice. Likewise, try it in a hot pandesal (dinner roll) for a tasty snack! So yummy! Corned beef can also be a great breakfast side item to whatever you would be serving.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What goes well with corned beef?
Filipino corned beef is a popular breakfast favorite with Filipino Garlic Fried Rice. It can also be a great breakfast side item.
Which is the best canned corned beef?
For thick, hearty pieces of corned beef, Ox & Palm Corned Beef is a favorite.
How long does corned beef last in the refrigerator?
Corned beef should be consumed within 3-4 days from the refrigerator for optimal flavor.
How much juice can you get from one lemon?
Usually, 1 lemon can yield 3 tablespoons of juice depending on the size of the lemon.