• 1 tablespoon oil, or as needed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup water, or as needed
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
  • 2 medium red potatoes
  • 10baby carrots, or more to taste, cubed
  • ½ cup raisins, or more to taste
  • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans tomato sauce with salt (such as Contadina®)
  • ½orange bell pepper, diced
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until light golden brown, about 1 minute. Add beef and 1/2 cup water; cook and stir until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with black pepper and add more water as needed; do not let beef dry out.


  • Step 2

    Add 3 tablespoons soy sauce, potatoes, and carrots to the saucepan with the beef. Add more water as needed to prevent drying out. Cook 4 minutes; add raisins. Cook 2 to 3 minutes more, adding water as needed to make sure beef does not dry out.

  • Step 3

    Add 1 can of sauce to the saucepan with the beef mixture. Fill that can with water, stir to remove excess sauce, and pour water into saucepan. Add 1/2 of the remaining can of sauce to the saucepan; stir to combine. Add more water as needed to create a sauce-like but not soupy consistency.

  • Step 4

    Add bell pepper, remaining 3 tablespoons soy sauce, and sugar. Cook until all vegetables are soft, about 3 to 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally and adding water as needed to be sure the sauce does not dry out.

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