Homemade Beef Tapa

Homemade Beef Tapa

Beef tapa is among the breakfast favorites of the Filipinos. In fact, there’s what we call tapsilog, the most popular breakfast entree usually served in eateries called tapsihan. Tapsilog is the short word for meal combination tapa, sinangag (fried rice), and itlog (egg). Tapa is actually a dried cured meat, could be beef or the meat of a carabao, a deer, a wild boar, or a horse’s meat, which most find the tastiest. But we’re not making tapang kabayo here, so let’s go back to making homemade beef tapa.

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Beef Tapa Recipe

A traditionally made beef tapa undergoes curing with sea salt, then sun-drying. It’s the oldest method of preserving the meat. But the ready-to-cook beef tapa sold in grocery stores doesn’t go through this process. Though it still tastes good, it’s not authentic anymore.

So if you’re in the mood to do some cooking, try this version of homemade beef tapa recipe. Not only will you save money on food, but you will also learn how to prepare it yourself. Who knows, you might perfect the taste and start your own tapsihan.

Homemade Tapa

So, without further ado, here’s an easy-to-follow homemade beef tapa recipe.

Homemade Beef Tapa


  • 1 ½ lb beef sirloin, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic or 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Combine soy sauce, garlic, salt, pepper, and sugar in a bowl and mix well. Set aside.
  2. Put the beef in a ziplock bag or any clear plastic bag.
  3. Pour in all the seasonings in the zip lock bag with meat and mix thoroughly.
  4. Marinate it for at least of 12 hours inside the ref.
  5. Pour 1 cup water into a pan and bring to a boil.
  6. Add 3 tbsp of cooking oil.
  7. Put-in the marinated beef tapa and cook until the water is gone.

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