Beef Caldereta Recipe

            Some call this dish “Bakareta”, but Kandereta is from a Spanish word “Caldereta” simply means stew. A common dish on different occasion on Pinoy’s table. This mouth-watering dish is cooked with tender beef, potatoes, and carrots stewed in tomatoe sauce. Originally a Goat Stew Cook in tomato sauce, potatoes, liver spread, olives, bell peppers and hot peppers. After it became popular healthy dish in Northern Luzon, there are many versions made. Some use beef, chicken, pork, and even fish.

         However, beef became the most popular when it comes to kaldereta. You may cook beef with beef liver but if you can’t buy it, you may use liver paste instead since we all know it’s a bit expensive. The liver will give the dish a complementary texture and taste. For more authentic flavor, some usually do this dish with coconut milk and with extra chili. After all, it is the modified version of kalderetang baka, but still it’s your choice if you want to put coconut milk on it. Cook it the way you’ll love it.


  • 1 Kg Beef, cubed
  • 3 cloves Garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 cup Red Bell Pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 cup Tomato Sauce
  • ½ cup Liver Spread or Liver paste (processed using blender)
  • 1 tsp. crushed Chili
  • 3 large Bay Leaves
  • 2 cups Potatoes, cubed
  • 2 cups Carrots, cubed (small)
  • 1 cup Cooking Oil
  • 2/3 cup Green Olives (the salty and sour taste of green olives gives a very nice flavor for this dish)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Heat the cooking oil in the pan and fry the carrots and potatoes until color turns light brown.
  2. Remove the fried carrots and potatoes from the pan and set aside.
  3. In the same pan where the vegetables were fried, sauté the garlic and onions.
  4. Put the beef and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add water and let the beef boil until tender (about 30 minutes using a pressure cooker).
  6. Then add the tomato sauce and liver spread and simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Add green olives, carrots, bay leaves, bell pepper,crushed chili,and potatoes and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes.
  8. Then add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Serve Hot. Excellent with white rice.

Source : Best of Filipino Recipes