Giniling Guisado/Ginisa – Basic Recipe (Ground Pork/Beef Sauté)

Giniling Guisado/Ginisa – Basic Recipe (Ground Pork/Beef Sauté)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 2

Giniling Guisado/Ginisa – Basic Recipe (Ground Pork/Beef Sauté)


  • 1 Tablespoon Olive or Vegetable oil (more if using non-stick pan)
  • 4-6 Garlic cloves, chopped (love garlic so I always use a lot!)
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 1 lb ground Pork or Beef (whichever you fancy)
  • 3 Roma or Plum tomatoes, diced and seeded (if desired)
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce (adjust it to the level of saltiness you can stand…)
  • ½ cup water
  • Salt and pepper
  • Patis / Fish sauce (optional)


  • Heat oil in medium in a deep pan. Sauté the garlic and onions for about a 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the ground meat and cook until it changes its color.
  • Crumble the meat with a fork to prevent clumping as you brown it. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. You can use fish sauce instead of salt for better flavor, if you wish.
  • Add the diced tomatoes and cook for another 3 minutes. Pour in the soy sauce and water.
  • Bring to a boil. Cover then simmer on low heat for at least half an hour to allow the meat to absorb the flavor of the liquid.
  • Correct the seasoning if necessary. If it needs a bit of lifting up, a little fish sauce will go a long, long way!


In the Philippines or at least in our household, this is the foundation of a lot of dishes especially when combined with a lot of vegetables. I always loved coming home to the aroma of this dish cooking in the stove top as I know it would be either made with my favorite vegetable – squash or some green beans, among others. Giniling is the Tagalog term for ground and specifically refers to ground meat. Ginisa means to sauté or cook in oil with garlic, onions, or tomatoes which is what this dish is all about. Guisado is a Spanish term which refers to braising or stewing meat with tomatoes, garlic, onions and soy sauce – the Asian guisado, anyway. Which is which? Well, whether you call this ginisa or guisado… it’s down home good especially when you combine it with vegetables or use it for omelettes.

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