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Filipino Beef Tapa

Beef Tapa is a classic Filipino dish often served for breakfast with garlic fried rice and sunny side up eggs. It's easy to make and sure to be a family favorite.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Marinating8 hrs
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 354kcal


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup calamansi juice
  • 1 head garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pounds beef sirloin, thinly sliced
  • canola oil


  • In a non-reactive bowl, combine soy sauce, calamansi juice, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir until sugar and salt are dissolved.
  • Add beef and massage to fully coat with marinade. Keep overnight in the refrigerator to cure. Drain meat from marinade.
  • In a wide pan over medium heat, heat about 1 tablespoon oil.
  • Add beef in a single layer and cook, turning on sides, for about 3 to 5 minutes or until liquid (meat will dispel liquid) is almost absorbed.
  • Add another 1 tablespoon of oil and continue to cook until meat is lightly browned.
  • Remove from pan and cut into serving portions. Serve hot.



Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 1406mg | Potassium: 834mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 5mg