Kaldereta na Baka (Filipino Beef Stew)
Kaldereta comes from the word caldero, which is Spanish for a cauldron, or large metal pot, that is used to cook stews over an open fire. Baka is the Tagalog word for beef. Kalderetang baka is a delicious Filipino beef stew with liver, vegetables, and spices.
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1 hour 45 min
2 hours 10 min
- 1 pound beef brisket or bottom round roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 pound beef liver, pureed
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 potato, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 large carrot, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/2 cup bottled Spanish pimento stuffed olives, available at Asian stores
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a pot, saute the garlic and onions in oil over medium heat.
- Add the beef and cook until brown.
- Add the tomato sauce and water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, until the meat is tender. Add more water if needed.
- Add the pureed liver and cook for 4-5 minutes.
- Add the potatoes and carrots and simmer for 5 more minutes.
- Add the olives and cook for another 1 minute.
- Season with salt and ground pepper as needed before serving.
- If you like spicy food, add your favorite chili peppers.
- Substitute liver spread for pureed liver.
- If using real liver, you can use pork or chicken livers, too.
- Add other vegetables such as bell peppers, green peas, etc.
- Use real tomatoes instead of tomato sauce.
- Canned beef broth can be used instead of water.
- To speed things up, you can cook the beef first in a pressure cooker for 30 minutes.