Beef Caldereta

A hearty Beef Caldereta with melt-in-your-mouth, tender chunks of beef and vegetables simmered in rich, spicy tomato sauce. You’ll love how the sauce of this beef stew recipe is thickened to perfection!

stew in a pot

Beef Caldereta or Kaldereta with cheese is not a difficult dish to make. Like Menudo and Chiken Asado, you can make this beef stew in a jiffy! It may take some patience for the beef to cook until soft and tender but it’s totally worth it.

This beef dish is so tasty and delicious with some earthy aroma from the bay leaves. Furthermore, the meat was so tender and flavorful my husband had this satisfied smile on his first bite.

ingredients for stew on top of table

What is Caldereta

Caldereta is a popular Filipino beef, goat, or chicken stew dish. This traditional dish of tender meat, potatoes, olives, and carrots stewed in spicy tomato sauce is like mechado but with the addition of cheese and liver spread for a gravy-like sauce. It is visually appealing and aromatic which will surely entice the whole family.

stew in a bowl

It is usually cooked and served during special occasions such as birthday parties, town fiestas, and wedding receptions. Other types of meat can also be used to cook this dish. Kalderetang Kambing which makes use of chevon or goat meat. Pork or chicken can also be used to make this hearty dish. This beef stew is so flavorful that it will satisfy the taste buds of most picky eaters. Moreover, it’s very nutritious because of the healthy vegetables included.

Beef cut options

I used beef short ribs for this recipe for a more fiesta-like dish that I’m familiar with when still living in the Philippines. You can change what beef cut to use and here are some suggestions that work great!

  • Beef chuck
  • Shanks
  • Beef brisket
stew with vegetables in a bowl

  The secret ingredient is always LOVE

Tips for Beef Caldereta

  • Frying the potatoes and carrots will give your veggies a good texture and visual appeal.
  • Add water as needed when simmering the beef but add small amounts gradually to avoid thinning the sauce too much.
  • Sear the beef before slow cooking. The browned surface gives a rich flavor at the end.
  • Cooking the beef in a pressure cooker can greatly cut the cooking time. If you don’t have a pressure cooker or a bit hesitant to use one, just be patient with the cooking time.
stew in a pot on top of table with bowl on the side filled with stew

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Beef Caldereta

A hearty Beef Caldereta with melt-in-your-mouth, tender chunks of beef and vegetables simmered in rich, spicy tomato sauce. You’ll love how the sauce of this beef stew recipe is thickened to perfection!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: beef caldereta, beef caldereta recipe, beef stew recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Bebs Lott


For beef marinate

  • 1 kilo beef short ribs washed thoroughly and pat dried
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

For making the caldereta

  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 medium potatoes cubed
  • 2 medium carrots cubed
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium red onion cut in wedges
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 200 grams tomato sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 pcs bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp liver spread
  • 1 tsp sugar optional
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 pcs red chili or add according to preference
  • 1 medium bell pepper sliced
  • ½ cup green peas
  • ½ cup grated cheese


  • In a large bowl, place beef short ribs. Add soy sauce, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Mix together until beef is fully coated with marinate sauce. Marinate for 30 minutes.
    3 tbsp soy sauce, 1 ½ tbsp vinegar, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook potatoes and carrots until lightly browned or for approximately 5 minutes. Transfer in a plate and set aside.
    2 tbsp cooking oil
  • In the same pot and oil, add butter and let it completely melt. Sauté garlic and onion until translucent.
    2 medium potatoes
  • Add tomato paste and tomato sauce then stir to incorporate. Let it simmer for a minute then add marinated beef short ribs and save marinating sauce for later use. Coat beef with tomato sauce and let it sear for for a minute.
  • Add marinating sauce, water, and bay leaves. Give it a quick stir then cover pot with lid. Cook for 1 hour or until beef is soft and tender.
    2 medium carrots
  • Add liver spread and mix to incorporate. Add chilis, sugar, salt, bell pepper, green peas. Stir to distribute ingredients evenly.
    1 tbsp butter, 1 tsp tomato paste, 1 medium red onion, 3 cloves garlic
  • Tip in cooked potatoes and carrots then cover with lid and simmer for 3-4 minutes or until soft. Add grated cheese, stir and cook until cheese melts.
  • Transfer in a serving dish and enjoy while warm. Bon appetit!




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