Abalos Style Hamburger Soup (Picaddillo Filipino)

    1 hour 5 mins

    Modified by the Filipinos from Central to South American influences, this fragrant soup is made with ground beef, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, and lots of garlic. Serve as a stew or generously over rice.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 15 ml(1 tbsp) cooking oil
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 large tomato, diced
    • 455 g (1 lb) minced beef
    • 950 ml (4 cups) water
    • 1 large potato, diced
    • 15 g (2 tbsp) beef bouillon
    • 30 ml (2 tbsp) fish sauce
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook the onion and garlic in the hot oil until the onions are tender. Stir in the tomato; cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Crumble the ground beef into the pan and cook until brown, about 5 minutes. Add the water, potato, beef bouillon, fish sauce, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.

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    We really didn't enjoy this recipe. It was edible, but none of the flavors were really interesting. I regret adding the ground beef in with the vegetables and then adding the rest of the ingredients; perhaps I should have browned the beef in a separate pan, drained, and then added it to the soup. As it was it was way too fatty. We won't make this again.  -  27 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    As the author of this dish, the fish sauce is supposed to be optional in place of salt for more of an asian flavor. I guess that got lost in allrecipe's editing. Anyway, feel free to add your favorite vegetables to the basic stew. I find that parboiling the potatoes first in a separate pot, then adding them near the end, prevents them from soaking up all the salt.  -  26 Jan 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I didn't really care for this. It's pretty salty, and yes, not draining the ground beef makes it a bit fatty. I added cilantro because I had it on hand, but I don't think it made much difference.  -  21 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)