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Cheesy Corned Beef Lumpia

Cheesy Corned Beef Lumpia is a variation of Filipino beef lumpia and is made by wrapping a cooked mixture of corned beef, potato, carrot, cheese, onion, garlic, bell pepper, fish sauce, sugar, pepper and salt, in a lumpia wrap and frying it on oil. If you’re a fan of cheese and corned beef, then this Corned Beef Lumpia recipe is the perfect one for you. Have them wrapped and fried in a crispy lumpia wrapper to experience the meaty goodness of the corned beef paired with the creaminess of the cheese. Best eaten as a snack or an appetizer, and of course, with some hot steaming rice. Yum!


When I was young, I though there was both corn and beef in the can of corned beef. I can still remember arguing with my mom on why it is called corned beef when there is no corn. If you are also curious on how corned beef got its name, then let’s go back to the history of corned beef.

Just to clear out the curiosity, there was never a corn in the corned beef ever since. Since the invention of the canning process during the 17th century, many food items are canned to preserve them for quite a time, initially for the army and navy consumption.

Beef was also canned but instead of “canned beef” they are called “corned beef”. Instead of the usual salt for preservation, the salt used for the processing of canned beef are called “corns”, since they were the size of corn kernels. You might be disappointed that there is no real corns in the corned beef but at least, you know how it got its name.


Corned beef is our lazy food. It is our go-to dish whenever we do not have the energy to cook much. With simple sauteing, you can enjoy your corned beef with rice.

Quick note: Some people eat canned foods straight out of the can. It is recommended to cook them or have them microwaved first before eating.

Before, corned beef is just corned beef. Many competing brands but still plain corned beef. Now, corned beefs are getting more and more palaban. Corned beefs now have cheesy version, afritada, caldereta and many other versions. This also makes corned beef a meat alternative if you want less preparations with the meat.

The corned beef with cheese is one of my favorites. Although both salty, the creaminess from the cheese really adds goodness to the dish. Even when the cheesy corned beef variation is out of stock, I buy some extra cheese just to add to the corned beef. A problem I encountered when cooking ginisang corned beef with cheese cubes, is that my niece kidnaps all the cheese before everyone else gets their portions!

One hack for this is to make them into lumpia. With the same portions of cheese and corned beef in  one bite, no cheese can be kidnapped anymore!

If you wanna know how to make some cheesy corned beef shanghai at home, read and follow the simple steps below. Happy cooking!


Mixing the savoury flavor of the corned beef with the creaminess of the cheese into a lumpia dish is incredibly easy. If you have tried making any shanghai dish in the past, then this recipe will be familiar to you.

For this recipe, you may use any type of corned beef you want. There’s a variety of brands you can choose from. Just get the one that fits your budget. First, we are going to make the corned beef toasty. As you open the can, there corned beef is a little saucy so we cook it for a few minutes (no oil) until the sauce had dried up. Toasting also unleashes a yummier taste for the corned beef.

The next thing to do is to prepare the rest of the ingredients. You can add other veggies that you want but for this recipe, I added some carrots and potatoes. Try to get them as chopped as possible except for the cheese, which must come into strips so it can be well distributed within the shanghai. Cook the fillings first until they come together before wrapping them into lumpia.

The next steps would only include wrapping, rolling and frying the cheesy corned beef shanghai until they are brown and crispy. Since our lumpia is naturally salty, I really love having this shanghai with some sweet and sour dipping sauce or with the special suka.

Cheesy Corned Beef Lumpia

Course: Appetizer, Filipino Recipes




  • 2 cans (175 grams) of corned beef

  • Lumpia wrappers

  • 1 small carrot (finely chopped)

  • 1 medium potato (finely chopped)

  • Cheese (cut into strips)

  • 1 medium onion (minced)

  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)

  • Salt to taste

  • Ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon of sugar

  • Red bell peppers (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon of fish sauce (optional)


  • Heat a pan (no oil) and then add the corned beef. Saute them for a few minutes until the sauce almost dries up. Turn the heat off and let this cool down.
  • Heat some oil in a pan. Add the carrots and potatoes and then cook for a few minutes until half cooked. Then, set aside.
  • Heat some oil in the same pan. Add the onions and garlic and then saute until light brown and aromatic. Add the corned beef and stir a bit. Then, add the carrots and potatoes. Toss them gently until well mixed. Season with some black pepper and sugar. Add some bell peppers (optional). Season with fish sauce.
  • Turn the heat off and let the corned beef mixture cool down.
  • Prepare the lumpia wrappers and the cheese strips. Put around ⅛ cup of the corned beef mixture to the wrapper and add a strip of cheese. Wrap and roll the wrapper gently then fold the sides to secure. Seal the ends using water or egg whites. Do these steps with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Heat a lot of oil in the pan using medium heat. Fry the corned beef lumpia by batches until golden brown and crispy. Flip to cook the other side. Transfer them to a strainer or paper towel to drain excess oil and maintain crispiness.
  • Place the cheesy corned beef lumpia to a serving plate together with your favorite dipping sauce. Make papak or have it with some hot steaming rice. Yum!

Cheesy Corned Beef Lumpia Recipe (TAGALOG)

Mga Sangkap:

  • 2 lata  (175 grams) ng corned beef
  • Lumpia wrappers
  • 1 maliit na carrot (hiniwa ng maliliit)
  • 1 patatas (hiniwa ng maliliit)
  • Cheese (cut into strips)
  • 1 sibuyas (hiniwa ng maliliit)
  • 3 butil ng bawang (hiniwa ng maliliit)
  • asin
  • Durog na paminta
  • 1 kutsarita ng asukal
  • Red bell peppers (optional)
  • 1 kutsarita ng patis (optional)

Paano Lutuin:

  1. Painitin ang kawali (walang mantika) saka ilagay ang corned beef. Igisa ito ng ilang minuto hanggang maiga ang sabaw. Patayin ang apoy at palamigin muna ito.
  2. Magpainit ng mantika. Ilagay ang carrots at patatas at lutuin hanggang maging half cooked. Isantabi.
  3. Dagdagan ang mantika sa parehas na kawali. Igisa ang sibuyas at bawang hanggang maging mabango. Ilagay ang corned beef at haluin. Ilagay ang carrots at patatas at haluin ng mabuti. Timplahan ito ng pamita at asukal. Lagyan ng bell peppers (optional) at timplahan ng konting patis.
  4. Patayin ang apoy at palamigin ang corned beef mixture.
  5. Ihanda ang lumpia wrapper at cheese strips. Kumuha ng ⅛ tasa ng corned beef mixture at ilagay sa wrapper bago ilagay ang cheese. Iwrap at roll ang wrapers at ifold ang gilid para masecure ang laman. Bago ito isara ay ibrush muna ito ng tubig o puti ng itlog. Gawin ang mga steps na ito sa iba pang ingredients.
  6. Magpainit ng maraming mantika gamit ang katamtamang apoy. Iprito ang mga corned beef lumpia by batch hanggang maging golden brown at crispy. Baliktarin ang mga ito para maluto ang kabilang side. Ilipat agad ang mga ito sa strainer o paper towel para tumulo ang sobrang mantika.
  7. Ilagay ang cheesy corned beef lumpia sa serving plate kasama ng iyong favorite sawsawan. Papakin o samahan ito ng mainit na kanin. Yum!
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