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Beef Kaldereta Recipe

Beef Kaldereta Recipe

Beef kaldereta is another popular Filipino food that is often served during special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, holidays, and fiestas. The dish is originally cooked using goat’s meat, but if that particular meat is not available in your local market or grocery store, you may use pork, chicken, or beef instead.

Cooking the beef takes time, about one to one-and-a-half hour of cooking (depending on the meat cuts you are using) to tenderize the meat. If you want to save time, you may use pressure cooker, but the traditional way of tenderizing the meat produces tastier and more flavorful outcome.

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This dish is everyone’s favorite. One of our readers shared a story about the tastiest beef kaldereta she has ever tasted, which she said was cooked by her mother-in-law. She said she is a really good cook and that the said dish has become something she looks forward to every time she and her kids visit them every Sunday.

For the dish, her mother-in-law uses tomato sauce, bell pepper, lots of chili, onion, and liver spread, which she cooks from scratch as secondary ingredients. We suggest forgetting about your diet if you are planning to eat beef kaldereta as you are likely to ask for some extra cup of rice.

Beef Kaldereta Ingredients

  • 2 lbs beef, cubed
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 small red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • ½ cup liver spread or liver paste (processed using blender)
  • 1 tsp crushed chili or red pepper
  • 3 large bay leaves
  • 2 cups potatoes, sliced
  • 2 cups carrots, sliced
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
  • ⅔ cup green olives
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the cooking oil in the cooking pot or pressure cooker.
  2. Stir fry the onion and garlic.
  3. Add the beef. Cook until the color turns light brown.
  4. Add the dried bay leaves and crushed pepper. Stir.
  5. Add the liver spread. Stir.
  6. Pour in the tomato sauce and beef broth.
  7. Cook the beef until it becomes tender (about 30 mins, if using a pressure cooker, or 1 to 2 hours, if using an ordinary pot).
  8. Add potato and carrots. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
  9. Put the green olives and bell peppers in the cooking pot. Stir and continue to cook for 5 minutes more.
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste
  11. Serve hot. Enjoy!

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