Olympic Food Challenge – Guam – TinakTak

Guam. I hadn’t even heard of Guam before the OFC! Anyway, Guam is actually part of the USA. It’s an ‘organised, unincorporated territory of the USA located in the Western Pacific Ocean’.

They have sent eight competitiors to the Olympics competing in judo, athletics, swimming, weight lifting and cycling.

When I was reading up about the food in Guam, it is apparently quite heavily influenced by both the USA (macaroni pie being a favourite) and the Philippines. A lot of the recipes that I found involved ground or grated coconut, which Dave isn’t keen on. So when I found Tinaktak (minced beef in coconut milk), it was ideal – although I dont like green peppers so we substituted that for red pepper.

beef mince
chopped onion
crushed garlic
a lemon
a tomato
chopped green pepper (sub’d for red)
coconut milk
full recipe




Dave added in some mange tout so that there were some vegetables in there. We both really enjoyed this and will have it again.


  1. ReRe says

    The locals on Guam usually make it with eggplant and string beans cut into little pieces, and it is soo delicious. I’ve never actually had it with bell peppers before I should add it next time!!

  2. Steph says

    Oooh, thank you for the comment! I think there is different interpretation of peppers in the UK compared to other parts of the world.

  3. dchd says

    Hafa adai! I just came across this post while searching for pictures of beef tinaktak. I’m a Chamorro from Guam and my mother’s recipe uses pumpkin tips and cherry tomatoes for the vegetables. I live in the States so I have tried it with kale, collard greens, or dandelion greens – each have turned out very yummy.

    Warm regards!

  4. says

    Stumbled on your blog while I was looking for Chamorro food, and happy to read that you enjoyed the tinaktak. I usually cook my tinaktak with fresh string beans and cherry tomatoes also. You could, if you’re in a pinch for time, just throw some frozen mixed vegetables and it’ll be just as delicious. One additional ingredient that I add at the end is the juice from a calamansi lemon. If you can’t find it in your area, lime, is a good substitute. No measurement, just add to taste.

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