Abalos-Style Hamburger Soup (Picadillo Filipino)

Abalos-Style Hamburger Soup (Picadillo Filipino)


"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."


1 h 5 m servings 233 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 233 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 11.5 g
  • 18%
  • Carbs:
  • 16.9g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 15.4 g
  • 31%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 46 mg
  • 15%
  • Sodium:
  • 862 mg
  • 34%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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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  1. 13 Ratings


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 ingre...

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 ...

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.

I made it as written except I used canned tomatoes and cooked the ground beef seperately. I served it over rice. The family loved it.

Very good and very easy to prepare. I used a can of diced tomatoes and 3 beef bouillion cubes. Left out the fish sauce because I didn't have any on hand.

I thought this was a really good base recipe. I didn't have any fish sauce so I substituted with some chili powder. We like our food spicy anyway. I also added some celery because I had some to ...

I gave this a 5 star for its simplicity and ease. It's also different from the other stews because of the addition of the fish sauce. It gives it a bolder flavor. Be careful with it though......

Delish! This is a wonderful soup! I made a few changes.. added two tomatoes instead of one, and a small chunk of ginger. I also cut the amount of fish sauce to 1 tbs. Its very tasty and wonderfu...

Very delicious! We don't like fish, so I left out the fish oil. I did add 2 dashes of Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce as it was a little bland when I did the taste test before serving.