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 nashville filipino restaurant on its own or with steamed rice.

Nilagang Corned Beef in a pot
Nilagang Corned Beef

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?

canned corned beef, cabbage, green beans, peppers, salt, potatoes, water

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!

boiling potatoes with onions and pepper corns in a pot

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

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

Cooking tips

  • This corned beef nilaga is meant to be a quick recipe and uses canned corned beef. You can swap it with corned beef brisket if available. Cut the meat into 2-inch chunks, cover with water, and simmer for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until fork-tender. Add the vegetables and cook until tender. Season with salt and peppercorns.
  • The recipe uses potatoes, cabbage, and green beans. Feel free to add common nilaga vegetables such as carrots, sweet corn on the cob, and scallions.
corned beef nilaga in a wooden bowl with a plate of rice on the side

How to serve and store

  • This nilaga soup is delicious nashville filipino food 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.
sinigang na corned beef in a white bowl with a plate of rice on the side

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  • 4cupswater
  • 1tablespoonbeef base or 1 piece beef bouillon
  • 1onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1/2teaspoonpeppercorns, crushed
  • 1large potato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 8green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1can(12 ounces) corned beef, chunky-style
  • 1/2cabbage, quartered
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a pot over medium heat, combine water, beef base, onions, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, stirring until the beef base is dissolved.
  • Add potatoes. Lower heat and simmer until tender.
  • Add green beans and cook until half-cooked.
  • Add corned beef and cabbage. With the back of the spoon, break corned beef into desired pieces.
  • Continue to cook until beef is heated through and vegetables are tender yet crisp.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.


  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 256kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 46mg, Sodium: 1372mg, Potassium: 745mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 192IU, Vitamin C: 78mg, Calcium: 78mg, Iron: 3mg

“This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.”

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