Caldereta is basically a classic Filipino beef recipe. It was in fact derived from a Spanish recipe, but the elements used are found locally. It is a meat stew full and rich in tomato sauce, but thickened by liver spread and cheese. The salty taste of the cheese improves the meat’s flavor nicely.
Food in Philippines are cooked in different ways. An example is Caldereta in which beef could be substituted with pork or goat meat or even chicken depending on your preferences. Filipino love eating caldereta when served hot and a steamed rice. Also it is one the most in demand Filipino recipe for beef.
Beef Caldereta Recipe:
Ingredients for Beef Caldereta:
2 lbs beef, cubed
3-4 cups water
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 medium size red bell pepper, sliced
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup tomato paste
2/3 cup liver spread or grounded chicken liver (cooked)
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1 cup pineapple chunks
3 large bay leaves
3 medium potatoes, sliced
2 medium carrots, sliced
salt and ground black pepper
1/2 cup butter
Beef Caldereta Cooking Procedure:
Boil the beef in a stock pot for about 20-30 minutes. Take off the scums that rises as the beef is boiled. When the broth is clear add the pineapple juice. Add a pinch of salt for the meat to taste.
Heat a sauce pan separately. Put in the butter in the sauce pan to melt. Saute the garlic, onion and half of the red bell pepper. Add in the tomato sauce . Get a cup of beef stock from the stock pot and mix the tomato paste. Stir it well so it would blend nicely with the stock. Add in the mixture to the sauce pan. Now pour the sauce to the beef stock. Season with salt and ground black pepper. Add bay leaves and let it simmer for about 1-2 hours until meat is tender.
When meat tender now add liver spread, cheese, carrots and potatoes. Simmer it until the carrots and potatoes a cooked and good to eat. Add the pineapple chunks and the remaining red bell pepper. Cook it for 3-5 minutes. Taste it to your desired taste. Serve with steamed rice. Enjoy!