Corned Beef Nilaga

Enjoy your favorite boiled soup in minutes! Corned beef nilaga is easy to make with simple pantry ingredients yet turns out super tasty. It’s the perfect comfort food on its own or with steamed rice.

This nilagang corned beef is my Pinay take on the classic New England Boiled Dinner, a one-pot dish made of corned beef brisket, cabbage, and root vegetables such as potatoes carrots, and turnips.

The boiled dinner is one of our favorite holiday meals, but I don’t make it other than on St. Patrick’s Day when the dish is traditionally served. Why take forever and a day to simmer the brisket to tenderness when I can use tinned corned beef for instant gratification?

Corned beef nilaga delivers the same comforting flavors but with less work and less time. It’s ready in a matter of minutes yet turns out full of flavor.

I know it sounds like a strange idea, but try it before you knock it! You’ll be surprised how well the recipe works. It tastes just like corned beef guisado but in soup form!

This recipe is super easy, but there are two things to note for best results.

Use a chunky variety of canned corned beef. My favorite brands are Martin Purefoods, Palm, Ox & Palm, and Argentina.
Gently break the corned beef into large pieces and limit stirring the soup to keep the meat in chunks.

How to serve and store

This nilaga soup is delicious on its own or with steamed rice. Enjoy it as main dish for lunch or dinner.
Store leftovers in container with lid and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Reheat in a saucepan over medium heat to 165 F, keeping stirring to a mininum.

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