I am a huge fan of slow cooking and making things from scratch at home but I have to admit I have one guilty pleasure, among many others, that I certainly cannot live without.  I have an indescribable affection for canned corned beef.  It’s my comfort food in a can.

Once the delightful aroma of corned beef and onions sautéing in a hot pan of olive oil and butter fills my kitchen I instantly feel so much better. It’s a wonderful and comforting feeling that truly reminds me of family and childhood. It’s salty, more than anything else, perfectly paired with hot buttered pan de sal or hot fried rice. Add a fried egg and you have a classic Filipino breakfast good for anytime of the day.


Canned Corned Beef Hash Recipe

1 can Purefoods corned beef, my canned corned beef of choice
1 small onion, finely diced
2-3 small red or yellow potatoes
olive oil and unsalted butter
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Peel the potatoes and boil them until they are fairly cooked but not mushy. Cook them unpeeled, if you prefer, as I do. Set aside to cool and then finely dice the potatoes.

Heat the olive oil and butter in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the finely diced onions until soft. Add the potatoes and corned beef. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir well, lower the heat, cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Uncover, stir, cover again, and cook for another 5 minutes.

If you prefer your corned beef hash crusty, as I do, raise the heat to medium-high and cook uncovered. Stir, let the hash sit for a while and then stir again and continue cooking until it becomes crusty but not burned.

Purefoods is my brand of choice.  It is shredded corned beef that’s not too mushy or pasty.

To learn how to make your own corned beef brisket and corned beef hash at home follow the links here to get the recipes.


Corned Beef Hash

  • http://whenadobometfeijoada.blogspot.com/ Caroline

    mmmm, corned beef & potatoes pandesal sandwich. Thanks for the heads up on Purefoods, need to seek than brand out. I haven’t eaten canned beef in a long time since the other brands are mushy.
    My family also sautees this w/tomatoes then simmered w/cabbage. Ladled over steamed rice, mmm sarap! :)

  • http://www.junbelen.com Jun Belen

    Yes! I remember my mom sauteeing it with tomatoes and cabbage, too! Yummy!!

  • http://blissfulnibbles.blogspot.com/ joanna

    i loooooooooove Purefoods corned beef!

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  • http://www.myfilipinorecipes.com Chinky

    This food looks yummy and easy to prepare. This is the one I need on my hectic schedule. Surely, I gonna try it with added sliced tomato.

  • http://seotons.gunner.fr seotons

    I was looking on some recipe on how to do that myself, it just seems a real good one.
    Gotta try it asap, thanks ! :)

  • http://12one3.blogspot.com Lorraine

    Purefoods is my brand of choice too! It tastes like real meat with salt unlike other brands which taste something else I can’t quite put a finger on… just bad. Reading your post is timely because it’s 5AM here in the Philippines, I’ve got a can of Purefoods corned beef and what do you know, pan de sal on the table. Hope you have a great day ahead! :)

  • Hamidmala17

    Thanks a lot for this recipe for my first time cooking corned beef is a success. It’s finger-licking good! 

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  • Luisarchiecorteza

    there’s a new (for more than two years na) brand of corned beef that’s a must-have, a must-taste and is already available in some supermarkets in manila and that’s delimondo corned beef. it’s especially cooked with special spices and ingredients,  for both the pinoy and foreign palate, utterly delicious and perfect for your breakfast suggestion. 

  • http://blog.junbelen.com/ Jun Belen

    Thank you for the tip on Delimondo corned beef. I wonder if it’s available here in California.  I have to seek it out.

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