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Home » Appetizer Recipes » Filipino Beef Tapa Recipe (Cured Beef)

Tapa is dried or cured beef, mutton or venison, although other meat or even fish may be used. Filipinos prepare thin slices of meat and cure it with salt and spices as a method of preserving it. Tapa is best fried or grilled, often served with rice, fried egg and achara (pickled papaya strips).

Filipino Beef Tapa Recipe (Cured Beef), usually served in carinderias and fast foods chains. Combined Beef Tapa, with sinangag (fried rice), and itlog (egg), is called Tap-Si-Log.

This version of Beef Tapa is good for home consumption ideally lunch boxes  not for commercial purpose since we did not use any preservatives.

Makes 4 to 6 servings
Preparation time: 10 mins + overnight marinating
Cooking time: 15-20 mins

beef tapa

Filipino Beef Tapa Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kilo Beef sirloin, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Clear plastic bag (we recommend Ziploc)

Beef Tapa Preparations and Cooking Instructions:

To Marinate:

  • Combine in a container the following ingredients; soy sauce, garlic, salt, pepper, and sugar and mix well then set aside.
  • After mixing all the ingredients place the Beef in the clear plastic bag or Ziploc
  • Pour the mixed seasonings in the Ziploc with meat and mix well.
  • Refrigerate the marinade for a minimum of 12 hours

How to Cook the Beef Tapa:

  • In a pan, place 2 cups of water and bring to a boil
  • Add the marinated beef tapa and cook until the water evaporates.
  • When all the water evaporated add 3 tbsp of cooking oil in the pan then fry the Tapa until done.
  • Serve with rice topped with fried egg and sliced tomatoes.

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6 Responses

  1. tei

    June 25th, 2009 at 10:53 pm


    what type of salt should be used? rock salt or iodized salt?

  2. pinoychef

    June 28th, 2009 at 1:12 pm


    You can use either but Iodized is good for you health.

  3. leny

    October 31st, 2009 at 12:43 am


    what is the expiration date of beef tapa? tnx

  4. Scoundrel

    April 28th, 2010 at 9:38 pm



  5. jojo

    June 17th, 2010 at 10:21 pm


    can i use kalamansi instead of vinegar?

  6. foodiegal

    August 7th, 2010 at 2:05 am


    thanks for the great recipe!

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