Tortang Giniling Recipe

Tortang Giniling or Ground Meat Omelet is a type of Filipino omelet wherein ground meat (beef and pork being the most common) is sautéed with vegetables such as garlic, onions, and tomatoes then mixed directly with beaten eggs.

Unlike traditional omelets where eggs are folded around meats, cheeses, and vegetables; this recipe suggests cooked ground meat to be mixed in the beaten egg mixture before frying. A typical breakfast food, Tortang Giniling is best served with garlic fried rice and banana ketchup. Aside from being a breakfast food, this can also serve as your child’s packed lunch meal at school or your lunch at work – especially when you are always on the go.

I like this dish for three simple reasons: it is easy to prepare, economical (low cost), and delicious.

The only challenge that you might face is flipping the omelet. Since this covers the entire pan, it is quite challenging to flip everything and ensuring that the omelet lands in one piece. If you are having the same issue, try getting a similar sized pan or plate then transfer the omelet there (cooked part facing down). A spatula will be extra helpful to assist you in bringing the uncooked part of the egg back in the hot pan; you may also divide the ingredients into serving sizes and cook each one after the other; through this, flipping the omelet should come with ease.

I know that you have your own versions of this dish. Can you tell us how you do it? We love to learn new cooking styles and techniques. We hope to hear from you soon.

Try this Tortang Giniling (Ground Meat Omelet) recipe and let me know what you think.

Tortang Giniling

Tortang Giniling Recipe


  • 1/2 lb ground beef, pork, or chicken
  • 3 pieces raw eggs
  • 1 medium-sized onion, diced
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup potatoes, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

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Cooking Procedure

  1. Heat a frying pan or wok and pour-in the cooking oil
  2. When the oil is hot enough, sauté the onion, and tomatoes
  3. Add the ground meat and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Add salt and pepper then stir to distribute. Put-in the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Whisk the eggs then pour over the ground meat then use a spatula to distribute the meat and eggs evenly.
  6. Cook each side for 3 minutes or until you see that the eggs are fully cooked. Avoid over cooking the eggs.
  7. Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving plate.
  8. Serve with ketchup. Share and enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 4


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  1. try adding some green peas, capcicum, diced carrots, potato and spinach and you might wanna try some riccota cheese on it!!!! tasty and healthy!!

  2. yummy, mas ok if u add cornstarch or flour sa egg and mix all ingredients then fried in a small portion parang burger size..


  4. Instead of cooking a large pie, I cook several pies (like pancakes). This way, I can always put the uneaten portions and heat it up later. Note: There’s just 2 of us in the house.
    I also add breadcrumbs so it’s not easily broken up.

    • I did the same using 2 pancake molds that you could buy at Cost Plus. My family loved it and they said it look really neat. Definitely, would like to cook this again. I did something different on cooking the meat though. Cook the ground beef first until brown then drain, to get rid of fat. Then follow Banjo’s cooking intruction. Thank you, Panlasang Pinoy, you’re a treasure…..

  5. I try and add breadcrumbs to this – it helps the torta from breaking up.

  6. ang dami ko talagang natutunan sa panlasang pinoy.. keep it up po!!! bukas ittry
    ko ang tortang giniling para breakfast namin ng husband ko..hehehe.

  7. thanks a lot for posting recipes,i love cooking and i learn a lot here..more power…

  8. heehehhe, ito po ang ulam nmin ngayon.