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    Filipino Beef Caldereta

    Let me introduce you to Beef Caldereta (or Beef Kaldereta), a comforting Filipino classic! This hearty stew is packed with rich flavors and warmth, making it a favorite comfort food.

    Originating from the Philippines, Caldereta reflects the country’s diverse food culture by blending different influences into a tasty dish.

    Beef Caldereta, or Kaldereta, is a hearty and flavorful Filipino stew. Pair it with warm rice for a perfectly comforting meal.

    In the early days of GypsyPlate, I cooked Chicken Caldereta and Pork Menudo for you guys and were amazed by the rich, comforting flavors of stews coming from the Philippines. We tried Filipino food for the first time in Las Vegas. Since then, we are always on the look out for good Filipino food, which can be hard to find.

    So, I got used to trying them in my very own kitchen, and can’t get enough of Giniling, Asado and of course, Filipino Adobo. My love for Filipino food is quite apparent here on GypsyPlate. Today’s dish has been on my wish list for a long, long time, and I am very happy with the flavors I created with this amazing Filipino stew.

    Perfect for family gatherings, special occasions, or a comforting weekend meal, this Beef Caldereta recipe promises a great dinner. If you are looking for new flavors in your beef stew, it will wow you, and make you a big fan of Filipino cuisine.

    Beef Caldereta, or Kaldereta, is a hearty and flavorful Filipino stew. Pair it with warm rice for a perfectly comforting meal.

    What is Beef Caldereta?

    Beef Caldereta /(Kaldereta), or “Kalderetang Baka” in Filipino, is a hearty and rich stew that has become a staple in Filipino cuisine. The name “Caldereta” originates from the Spanish word “caldera,” meaning a cauldron or large cooking pot, highlighting its Spanish culinary roots.

    The dish originated during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines, which lasted for over 300 years. Caldereta is the perfect example of the the fusion of Filipino and Spanish culinary traditions, similar to other Filipino dishes like Adobo and Menudo.

    Traditionally, Caldereta was prepared with goat meat, but over time, it has evolved to include other meats like beef, pork, or chicken. In Filipino culture, Caldereta is often associated with festive occasions and family gatherings.

    This stew is very unique. It’s renowned for its thick, flavorful sauce made from tomato paste and liver spread or pâté, enriched with a blend of spices.

    The addition of vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and bell peppers, and sometimes olives and cheese, makes it very hearty and robust. This combination of rich sauce, tender meat, and vegetables creates a very special stew, loved by many.

    What is the Best Cut of Beef for this Stew?

    When it comes to making stews, I usually go for chuck roast. It’s perfect because it’s got lots of marbling and connective tissue that make the meat tender and full of flavor when cooked slowly. Plus, it soaks up all those delicious flavors from the broth.

    If you’re looking for other options, beef brisket is a great choice too. It’s got plenty of fat and connective tissue that turn super tender and tasty with slow cooking.

    Then there’s beef shank, which might not be as common but adds a lot of depth to stews because of its connective tissue and bone marrow.

    Short ribs are another favorite of mine. They’re meaty and flavorful, just like chuck roast, and the bones add even more richness to the stew.

    And let’s not forget about oxtail! It’s got that gelatinous texture and rich flavor that makes for a unique and delicious stew. Just remember, it takes a bit longer to cook until it’s tender.

    Beef Caldereta, or Kaldereta, is a hearty and flavorful Filipino stew. Pair it with warm rice for a perfectly comforting meal.

    Ingredient Notes

    • Beef: Today I am using chuck roast but you can use any of the other alternative cuts mentioned above. You can also substitute it with goat or lamb if that’s your preferred meat, like me.
    • Marination Ingredients (Soy Sauce, White Vinegar, Garlic): These ingredients work together to tenderize and infuse the beef with flavors.
    • Aromatic Vegetables (Onion, Garlic, Bell Peppers): These vegetables form the base of the stew.
    • Root Vegetables (Potatoes, Carrots): They add heartiness and texture.
    • Tomato Elements (Tomato Paste, Tomato Sauce): These provide the primary flavor and body of the stew.
    • Seasonings and Flavor Enhancers (Fish Sauce, Red Chili Flakes, Brown Sugar, Bay Leaves): This combination of seasonings adds depth, a hint of heat, and a subtle sweetness.
    • Richness Additions (Liver Spread/Paste, Grated Cheddar Cheese): Liver spread is a traditional ingredient that adds a unique richness, while cheddar cheese melts into the sauce for added creaminess.
    • Beef Stock or Broth: The liquid base.
    • Other Flavor Enhancers (Green Olives, Frozen Green Peas): Olives add a briny contrast, and green peas introduce a pop of color and slight sweetness.

    Do I Have to Use Liver Paste?

    While you would still end up with a mighty good stew without it, the use of liver paste is traditional.

    I was squeamish in our early days and omitted it from our chicken caldereta. However, after using liver spread in this recipe, I do recommend it. It adds a depth of flavor, but does not make the stew taste like liver.

    Beef Caldereta Recipe

    1. Marinate the Beef: I start by tossing the beef chunks with soy sauce, white vinegar, and minced garlic. Then, I let it marinate in the fridge for a few hours to soak up all those delicious flavors.

    2. Browning and Searing: When ready to cook, I heat up some oil in a pan. Then, I toss in the potatoes and carrots, giving them a good browning with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Once they’ve got a nice color, I set them aside. This helps them hold the shape while cooking so they don’t turn mushy.

    Next, I add a bit more oil to the pan and start searing the beef chunks until they’re beautifully browned. It’s important not to overcrowd the pan so they can get that perfect golden sear without steaming.

    Seared beef chunks.

    3. Building the Stew Base: After searing the beef, I push it to the side of the pot and add the onion to the center. I let the onion cook until it’s soft and translucent. Then, I toss in the garlic and the remaining marinade, cook for a minute. Next, I stir in the tomato paste, letting it cook for a few minutes until it’s fragrant. After that, I add the tomato sauce, fish sauce, and a sprinkle of red chili flakes, letting everything simmer together for about 5 minutes

    4. Simmering the Stew: I add the beef stock, a bit of brown sugar, and some bay leaves. Then, I mix in the liver spread. After bringing it all to a boil, I reduce the heat and let it simmer gently for about 1.5 to 2 hours until the beef turns tender. Next, I put back the browned carrots and potatoes, along with some green olives, and cook until the potatoes are soft.

    Adding carrots and potatoes to the stew.

    5. Final Touches: After seasoning with salt and pepper, I toss in some green peas and grated cheese. Then, I let the sauce thicken up nicely. Finally, I add bell peppers and cook them until they’re just slightly crunchy.

    Adding bell peppers.

    6. Serving: I serve the stew warm with freshly cooked rice.

    Beef Caldereta, or Kaldereta, is a hearty and flavorful Filipino stew. Pair it with warm rice for a perfectly comforting meal.

    Alpana’s Recipe Tips

    • Quality of Beef: I always go for a chuck roast with lots of marbling. That’s what gives the stew its rich flavor and makes the meat tender.
    • Marination Time: For the tastiest results, I recommend marinating the beef for a few hours. This gives enough time for the flavors to really soak into the meat.
    • Tomato Paste Cooking: I cook the tomato paste for a few minutes before adding other liquids. This step deepens the flavor of the tomato paste.
    • Thickness of the Stew: If the stew is too thin, I let it simmer uncovered for the last 30 minutes to reduce and thicken. If it’s too thick, I add a bit more beef stock.
    • Resting the Stew: Let the stew rest for a few minutes after cooking. This allows the flavors to settle and the sauce to thicken slightly.
    Beef Caldereta, or Kaldereta, is a hearty and flavorful Filipino stew. Pair it with warm rice for a perfectly comforting meal.

    A Few Variations

    Swap the Meat: If you’re aiming to lighten things up, chicken is a fantastic swap for beef. I prefer using chicken thighs or drumsticks, they keep their juiciness and flavor beautifully in a stew. Pork shoulder or ribs are also great alternatives. They cook faster than beef and offer a different taste profile. And for those wanting a taste of tradition, you can’t go wrong with goat or lamb.

    Beef Caldereta, or Kaldereta, is a hearty and flavorful Filipino stew. Pair it with warm rice for a perfectly comforting meal.

    Vegetarian Caldereta: Replace the meat with a variety of vegetables like eggplant, bell peppers, mushrooms, and chickpeas. Use a rich vegetable stock instead of beef stock.

    Spicy Caldereta: When I want more spice, I just add extra red chili flakes or throw in some fresh chili peppers.

    Creamy Caldereta: Sometimes I add coconut milk or cream for a richer, creamier sauce. This also adds a subtle sweetness and tones down the spice level.

    Beef Caldereta, or Kaldereta, is a hearty and flavorful Filipino stew. Pair it with warm rice for a perfectly comforting meal.

    Try this great beef stew, Filipino style, the next time you feel like a comfort food night. This is perfect for the chilly winter nights coming your way.

    Gather around the table, ladle the stew onto warm rice plates, and watch as it brings smiles and warmth to everyone who tastes it.

    Beef Caldereta, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!

    Bowl of kaldereta atop the Gypsy Plate.

    More Great Beef Stew Recipes:
    Beef Birria
    Hungarian Goulash
    Chile Colorado
    Carbonnade Flamande
    Beef Tagine
    Carne Guisada

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    Filipino Beef Caldereta

    Yield: 6-8 servings
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
    Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

    Beef Caldereta, or Kaldereta, is a hearty and flavorful Filipino stew. Pair it with warm rice for a perfectly comforting meal.


    Beef Marination

    • 2.5lbs chuck roast (cut into chunks)
    • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
    • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
    • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

    Beef Caldereta

    • 4 Tbsp oil, divided
    • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
    • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
    • 1 medium onion, cut into small chunks
    • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
    • 1 cup tomato sauce
    • 2 tsp fish sauce
    • ½ tsp red chili flakes
    • 3 cups beef stock
    • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
    • 2 bay leaves
    • salt to taste
    • pepper to taste
    • 3 Tbsp liver spread/paste (see note 1)
    • ¼ cup pitted green olives
    • 1 cup frozen green peas
    • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
    • 1 small green bell pepper, cored and cubed
    • 1 small red bell pepper, cored and cubed


    1. Mix marinade ingredients with beef chunks and marinate for a few hours in the refrigerator, or while you prep the rest of the ingredients.
    2. Heat 2 Tbsp oil in dutch oven or large heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat and add potatoes and carrots. Season with a dash of salt and pepper. Cook until lightly browned. Remove to a plate.
    3. In the same pot, add remaining 2 Tbsp oil and sear the beef chunks, shaking off excess marinade (do not discard the marinade). Brown the beef chunks on all sides. Do it in batches if needed.
    4. Push the beef to the sides of the pot. Add in the onion and cook until it softens.
    5. Add in chopped garlic along with the rest of the marinade and cook for a minute. Add tomato paste and cook for 3-4 minutes.
    6. Add tomato sauce, fish sauce and red chili flakes. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
    7. Add beef stock, brown sugar, bay leaves, and liver spread. Mix well and bring the mixture to a low boil. Adjust the heat to medium low, cover and cook for 1.5 to 2 hours, or until beef is tender. Stir occasionally to ensure it does not get burnt at the bottom.
    8. Add carrots and potatoes along with green olives and cook about 15 minutes, or until potatoes are almost tender. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
    9. Add green peas and grated cheese and cook until sauce starts thickening up.
    10. Add bell peppers and cook the stew till bell peppers are soft, yet hold a little crunch.
    11. Serve with warm, fresh rice.


    1. Liver spread or paste gives its authentic caldereta creamy taste and flavor. If you prefer not to use it or are not able to find it in your store, this stew still turns out finger licking delicious.
    2. Leftovers: Let it cool to room temperature before storing. Transfer the stew to an airtight container and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days. For longer storage, freeze it in freezer-safe containers for up to 3 months.

    Nutrition Information
    Yield 8 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 547Total Fat 33gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 143mgSodium 1125mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 4gSugar 6gProtein 43g

    Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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