Beef Nilaga

Beef Nilaga - Beef Soup Recipes

Did you know that beef nilaga is a Filipino dish? This rich, hearty stew-like dish is usually made with anything from beef to chicken, vegetables, and even seafood. The cooking process for this dish varies depending on the recipe which can include boiling or simmering. It has been said that the origin of Beef Nilaga comes from the Quezon province in Luzon island. However, there are many versions of this popular Filipino cuisine and some people believe it was named after an American military serviceman who served during World War II called “Nilag.” Whatever your preference may be when it comes to cooking methods for this delicious dish – we hope our recipes inspire you!

prep: 30 mins cook: 1 hr 30 mins total: 1 hr 60 mins Servings: 5 Yield: 5 servings


salt to taste

2 onions, chopped

1 quart water

4 ½ pounds beef short ribs

1 chayote squash, peeled and quartered

2 beef bouillon cubes

2 carrots, cut in chunks

1 tablespoon black peppercorns, crushed

2 potatoes, quartered

2 stalks celery, quartered

¼ head cabbage, cut into wedges


Place the beef ribs in a large pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat, and boil for 5 minutes. Drain; discard the cooking water (the ribs will not be fully cooked).

Return the beef to the pot. Pour in the 1 quart water, peppercorns, onions, and beef bouillon. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 1 hour.

Skim any fat floating on the surface. Stir in the carrots, celery, chayote, and potatoes; cover, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Season with salt. Add cabbage and cook an additional 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts:

Per Serving: 983 calories; protein 43g; carbohydrates 32.3g; fat 75.4g; cholesterol 167.9mg; sodium 490.8mg.

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