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Learn how to make vegan giniling (aka Filipino Picadillo), a hearty and fragrant stew that has been touted as the ultimate comfort food. It packs the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors and requires simple ingredients and just one pot to prepare.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Oil: The oil used in this recipe is to cook down our aromatics. We prefer olive oil or avocado oil, but any oil should work well.
- Aromatics: We use quite a few in this dish to make the flavor pop, including bay leaves, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
- Plant-based Ground Beef: We prefer to use the Impossible brand in this as it tastes the closest to what I remember for this dish, but any vegan beef crumble substitute should work.
- Starchy Vegetables: We like to use potatoes and carrots in this giniling. They add color, texture, and a delicious hearty flavor.
- Vegan Beef Broth: Believe it or not, beefless beef broth is a thing! It has all of the flavors of beef broth but without animal products. We like to use the Better than Bullion No Beef paste. If you can’t find this, any vegetable broth should work.
- Tomato Sauce: Not to be confused with tomato puree or tomato paste. We prefer tomato sauce for this recipe.
- Raisins: Don’t knock them till you try them! The raisins add the perfect touch of both sweetness and texture to this dish and work nicely!
- Soy Sauce: The salty, umami-packed flavor bomb of a condiment helps this dish build depth of flavor. You can also opt for tamari, which tastes like soy sauce, but is gluten-free.
- Vegan Fish Sauce: This is an optional ingredient but will help add some additional flavor. Some brands sell vegan fish sauce online if you’re unsure where to find vegan fish sauce. You can also find recipes online if you want to make your own. Here’s one worth trying!
- Frozen Green Peas: We remove these from the freezer when prepping all of the ingredients and then let them defrost until it is time to add.
- Green Olives: Add a nice layer of salt and slight bitterness, which marries well with all other flavors.
- Cilantro: Used for garnish, but optional!
- Salt: Added as needed to taste to finish the dish.
What is the origin of picadillo?
Picadillo is a traditional dish in many Latin American countries and the Philippines, made with ground meat (usually beef), tomatoes or tomato sauce, and other ingredients that vary by region, such as raisins and olives. The name comes from the Spanish word picar, which means “to chop” or “to mince.”
If you enjoyed this Filipino picadillo recipe, you might also like:
- Filipino Adobo Inspired Jerky
- Vegan Filipino Barbecue
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- Fluffy Ube Pandesal (Filipino Purple Yam Bread Rolls)
- Vegan Siopao Asado (Filipino Steamed Buns)
- Suman Malagkit (Filipino Steamed Rice Cakes)
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