There’s a strong reason why my husband calls me the Caldereta Master, as he jokingly says. My Beef Caldereta recipe or Kalderetang Baka, is thick and rich in texture, slightly sweet and tangy-tasting, due to a list of awesome ingredients I added. The result is the best Filipino beef stew you can have for dinner!

Caldereta or Kaldereta as many know, is an original Filipino cuisine in which, cubes of meat(in this case, beef), are stewed in tomato paste, tomato sauce and a small amount of liver paste, which makes it a unique dish. Along with it, is a list of vegetable mix (depending on your vegetable preference) and spices.

For my Beef Caldereta recipe(Kalderetang Baka), I added pineapple juice, pineapple chunks and tomato juice instead of the normal tomato sauce ingredient. I also applied a few drops of Tabasco sauce, making it slightly spicy to taste.

When I was about to cook my best Filipino beef stew recipe, beef Caldereta that is, I realized that ran out of green peas and green bell peppers. Although green peas is still in the list my ingredients, I then eliminated it from my cooking. Thank goodness, green olives are available. But then, I used green jalapeno peppers as a substitute to the green bell peppers. This Kalderetang Baka recipe may be the best Filipino beef stew, you’ll have and love! wink

Ingredients: 4 servings

1 1/2 lbs. of beef tenderloin, cut in large cubes
1 large potato cut into medium cubes
3 medium size carrots cut into small cubes
1 red bell pepper (sliced)
1 green bell pepper (sliced)
2 jalapeno peppers (sliced), optional
2 tablespoon liver spread
2 table spoon tomato paste
1 small can of tomato juice
3 dried bay leaves
1 cup pineapple chunks (optional)
1 small can of pineapple juice
1/2 cup of green olives
1 cup of green peas(pea pods)
1 tsp whole black pepper
salt and pepper for seasoning
3 – 4 cubes medium size fresh garlic
1 small size fresh onions, sliced
3-4 cups water
1 tsp Tabasco sauce

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Clean and cut beef in medium size cubes. Place them on a large pot or pan, apply some water, the boil beef for 50 minutes to an hour or more, until beef is golden brown and fork tender.
  2. Start to brown garlic cubes in small amount of heated oil on a pan, followed by sliced onions.
  3. Transfer sautéed garlic and onions to the steaming beef cubes, stir to combine, then add more water to create more sauce. Apply seasonings and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add pineapple juice, potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, black pepper. Simmer and let boil for 3 minutes. Apply tomato paste, liver paste and tomato juice, mix thoroughly, Add more salt and peppers, if desired.
  5. Apply more water, if necessary to keep it saucy. Add the green peas, bell peppers, green olives and pineapple juice, let it cook for 5-8 more minutes.
  6. Add Tabasco sauce to spice it more. Mix to combine, then you’ll serve the best beef Caldereta recipe ever, with steamed rice for lunch or dinner!

Tip: Try it with jalapeno peppers as a substitute to green bell peppers. When I was about to cook my best beef Caldereta recipe, it was too late when I noticed I didn’t have green bell peppers available to use. I saw 2 pieces of medium jalapenos instead, and used them as my substitute. It turned out really good and my husband loved it.

When you do, just remove the seeds and cut them in sizes similar to that of the red bell peppers. You’ll have the best Filipino beef stew(Kalderetang Baka) recipe for a meal!

Beef Caldereta(Kaldereta) with Green Peas & Celery