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macro photo of vegan giniling aka filipino picadillo in bowl with rice

Giniling (Filipino Picadillo)

  • Author: Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 43 minutes
  • Diet: Vegan


Learn how to make 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.


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1 pack (12 ounces) of impossible plant-based beef
  • 1 medium russet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/4 cup vegan beef broth
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 23 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vegan fish sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2/3 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1/3 cup green olives, pitted
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish
  • Salt, to taste
  • Rice, for serving


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the oil. Once heated, add the bay leaf and fry until golden.
  2. Add onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes, and cook until the onions are soft and the garlic is fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add impossible meat and cook, breaking into pieces with the back of a spoon until lightly browned, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add fish sauce, tomato sauce, broth, diced potatoes and carrots, raisins, and soy sauce. Stir, cover, and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 18-22 minutes or until tender.
  5. Add green peas and olives and cook for 2 minutes more.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve over rice and garnish with cilantro if desired.


  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week. If you want more of a soup consistency, add more broth.
  • 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.
  • Vegan Beef Broth: We like to use the Better than Bullion No Beef paste. If you can’t find this, any vegetable broth should work.
  • Soy Sauce: You can also opt for tamari if you want it gluten-free.
  • Vegan Fish Sauce: This is an optional ingredient but will help add some additional flavor.
  • 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.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 33 minutes
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Filipino

Keywords: vegan, giniling, vegetables, stew, filipino, entree, tomato, potato, vegan beef, comfort