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Beef Caldereta Recipe

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Posted on March 19 2018

Nothing makes a mother happy than seeing her family happier and doing well. And she makes sure they are by giving them nothing but, what is fittingly called "Mother's best." Food and family meals are definitely one of those. A mother knows there is no better time to bond than sharing a simple yet hearty meal with your loved ones. It is when the goodness of the food fills your tummy and the stories you share along with the laughter (and burps) are more than enough.

Although, sometimes, mums can run out of easy family recipes too that she ends up cooking just a dish or two - again and again. Well, she probably won't hear the kids or the husband complain if that is their favourite, but chances are, they will. However, a mother doesn't have to be a Martha Stewart or a famous chef to be able to whip something delightful and healthy for her loved ones. All she needs is a long list of dinner ideas for family and the cheerful mood to cook.

Speaking of family meals and recipes, today we got you something that perhaps you haven't tried nor heard of yet. Are you a foodie who enjoys discovering new dishes? This is a must-try!

Filipino Beef Caldereta or Meat Stew

Caldereta is a Spanish word for stew and Filipinos obviously have their own version since the Spanish have had a huge influence on Filipino culture. Filipino Caldereta is a dish that is rich in flavours and packed with nutrients and has been considered as a favourite comfort food by the locals. It is a popular dish served in local “fiestas” (feasts), parties, restaurants, and a regular in every Filipino healthy family dinners and meals cookbook.

This tomato-based hearty dish is traditionally made using chevon (goat meat) or beef; combined with potatoes, carrots, and bell peppers as main ingredients. Chicken, pork, and even fish can also be used as a substitute for goat meat or beef if you prefer a leaner version.

It is a very simple dish actually, but what makes Filipino Caldereta special and authentic is the use of pureed chicken liver or liver spread or liver paste. This ingenious ingredient gives the dish a thick, creamy texture, and scrumptious taste. Liver as we know it is rich in nutrients such as vitamins A and B, folic acid, copper, and iron. You can make your own chicken liver puree, simply season 1/2 lb. chicken liver with salt and pepper to taste then cook and stir often until they're barely cooked and still pink inside.

Caldereta is not just a delicious and comforting food for the soul, it is also a hearty and healthy dish that will surely find its way to the hearts and tummies of many.

For this recipe, you will need the following:

2 lbs. beef, cubed

3 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 cups potatoes, sliced

2 cups carrots, sliced

2/3 cup green olives

1 medium-sized red bell pepper, sliced

1 medium-sized green bell pepper, sliced

1 tsp. crushed chili or red pepper

2 bay leaves

1 cup tomato sauce

1/2 cup liver spread or liver sauce

2 cups beef broth

1/4 cup vegetable oil

salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. In a cooking pot or pressure cooker, heat the vegetable oil.
  2. Saute the onion and garlic until it caramelises and turns to golden brown.
  3. Add the beef. Cook for 5 minutes or until the colour turns light brown.
  4. Add the dried bay leaves and crushed pepper. Stir.
  5. Add the liver spread and stir.
  6. Pour in tomato sauce and beef broth.
  7. Cover and cook the beef until it becomes tender; about 30 minutes if you're using a pressure cooker or 1.5 hours if you're using an ordinary pot. (For tenderer meat, you can add an ample amount of water and continue to boil until desired texture is achieved)
  8. Add vegetables and stir. Cover and cook for another 8 - 10 minutes.
  9. Add bell peppers and green olives. Stir and continue to cook for about 3 minutes.
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Serve hot with steamed rice.

(Note: This recipe yields 6 servings)

A Spanish-influenced dish, Filipino Caldereta will surely get you drooling and wanting for more. It’s perfect for parties and large gatherings, but it is also a great addition to your family meals especially lunch or dinner. It's also a great treat for everyone during weekend potlucks.

Have you tried Caldereta yet, mumsies? Did you love it? Drop us a line or two in the comments section below!