{Versions & Verdicts} Niño’s Beef Tapa

Electronic gadgets these days are becoming more and more, that we tend to forget the things we used to love before. It sometimes affects us in some way. One day, my cousin came home with newspapers. I am not fond of reading current events, but I was just trying to see what’s in during that time. I took the newspaper from her. I was reading and tried to touch the newspaper scrolling it as if I am reading an e-book. 😀 There are times as well that when I want to print something from the computer, I just open the document, thinking that it will print automatically without even commanding it to do so. The same thing when I hit the switch of the TV. It’s kinda crazy how it affects me… and funny at the same time.

But there are old traditions or stuffs that you can’t let go of.

Like food.

Beef Tapa - The Not So Creative Cook

Maybe this time, you want to makeover your old, classic lasagna recipe or sometimes, you just want the one you used to love.

I’ve tried tweaking several classic recipes before, but you really want to go back to the classic ones.

In the Philippines, I grew up knowing that Beef Tapa is an old, classic dish. Sometimes, I find it boring and make it little saucy which I don’t know if I can still call it Beef Tapa. Beef Tapa is Philippine’s Beef Jerky. It is traditionally marinated and sun-dried. But these days, it can be marinated and cooked on the stove until liquid has evaporated. Serve with garlic fried rice and sunny side up eggs. And this combo is now called Tapsilog.

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I don’t usually have an exact recipe when I make one. When I want to share something to you that I always make, I always look for similar recipes.  I have shared Beef Tapa recipe before using another recipe. Now, I am following the recipe of Niño @ iCookonboard and it’s so delicious. I also used Niño’s seasoning for making the Beef Tapa which includes salt, pepper, chicken granules. Oh, my! I could eat cups and cups of rice. I will never be tired of eating this. 😀

Beef Tapa


Tapa Marinade:

  • 1 head (12 cloves) of garlic, crushed and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp Niño’s seasoning
  • 1.5 kg tender part of beef, sliced thinly across the grain
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 bunch of chopped spring onions for garnishing


  1. Place the sliced beef in a ziplock bag or container. 
  2. Mix all remaining ingredients together except spring onions. 
  3. Pour the marinade in a ziplock back or container. Mix well. 
  4. Marinate for atleast 2 hours or overnight.
  5. On a large frying pan or cooking pot, melt the butter on very high heat.
  6. Cook the beef tapa until nicely browned and the marinade had dried up.
  7. Garnish with chopped spring onions.
  8. Serve with fried rice and sunny side-up fried eggs.

Note: This is also super delicious with a drizzle of lemon. 😉 

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Look at that egg!!!

I hope you enjoy your weekend. Happy partying! Thank you for spending time with me today.


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I am sharing this at Fiesta Friday #79, hosted by the Amazing Angie, co-hosted by  Loretta and Jess.

I am also sharing this dish at

Melt in Your Mouth MondaySaucy Saturdays | Foodie FriDIY | Recipe of the Week | Tasty Tuesdays | Totally Terrific Tuesday | Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party | What’d You Do This Weekend? | Cook Blog Share | Munching Mondays


Looking something Filipino to try?

Cheesy Caldereta

A beef dish cooked with tomato sauce, condensed milk, pineapples, bell peppers and loaded with cheddar cheese. So cheesy and so yummy!


Max’s Style Fried Chicken

Firstly steamed to soak up all those simple flavors. Deep fried to perfection. So easy to do and very few ingredients. 



48 thoughts on “{Versions & Verdicts} Niño’s Beef Tapa

  1. Yum! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for bringing such amazing creations to our party. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm because we LOVE to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  2. Hello Jhuls!
    Thanks for trying and featuring my Beef Tapa recipe on your blog! Big Thanks again…
    And glad you write about the Digital World thats been making us crazy. It also happens to me while multi tasking with a PC and a Phone. I was trying to enlarge the photos fron the screen of my PC using my finger, I was thinking why it is not responding. Then I realise, it is not a touch screen. =)
    Anyway, I really miss all you Fiesta Friday Family. Wish to get back to partying with you guys!!! -nino

    1. There’s so much that I’d love to try, but I have only two hands with so many things to do. Haha!

      Atleast I am not alone with that. 😀
      You’ve been very busy, I guess. We all miss you as well. Take care.

  3. You’re speaking my language with tapas! I also love the your idea of the medium cooked egg on the rice! What a beautiful presentation! Thanks for sharing at Saucy Saturdays! I hope to see you next week!

  4. It looks so yummy jhuls!!
    And I have to agree, it’s strange how easily you let technology take over your life – not that I’m complaining, I love technology! My 6 year old niece was round the other day and we found some old photos, she refused to called them photos because “photos come on phones” so they were “cards” haha

  5. You know what? I’ve heard of beef tapa, but I’ve never had any. It really looks good, Jhuls! And it must have been perfect with Nino’s seasoning. He is such an awesome cook! I think my son would like this. I’m bookmarking it! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Angie. I recommend you drizzling this with lemon. Oh yum! Hope your son likes it. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for the amazing party ever! 🙂 xx

  6. Hey Jhuls, I love a good hearty meat and rice dish, maybe it’s the Asian in me, but I could eat a whole plate of your Beef Tapa, thanks for bringing this to the party and have a wonderful weekend:)

    1. Oh, hello, Lily. It’s been a long time, yeah? Been crazy busy. I think you are, too?

      I am glad you liked this dish – its super yummy with rice and eggs! I am saving you some. 😉 Happy FF!

  7. Welcome, welcome Jhuls, love what you’ve brought today and thanks for the explanations. The beef looks tender and tasty, I wouldn’t mind a plate of it for my dinner tonight. Love the egg perched on top too, it just makes it 🙂 Happy weekend to you and thank you again, it’s never a party without the Lovely Jhuls 🙂

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