Beef Caldereta is a classic Filipino stew and it's awesome. Made with beef, tomato and soy sauces, red wine, and a ton of veggies, this dish also features one secret ingredient you haven't ever (most probably) used in your stews. Liver pâté!
Do you know that Radiohead song where Tom Yorke sings "Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon"? That's exactly how my face looked yesterday in the early morning. I slept only a few hours: my head was aching, my body was in pain after the last gym session, and my mood was messed up. Luckily, I have a trick up my sleeve that makes even the darkest day brighter. On such days I cook interesting / different dishes I have never tried before. It makes me excited. I am a sucker for new, unexplored food - hence my blog!
Usually, the meat of choice in our house is chicken. It's cheap, accessible, and easy to prepare. Not on bad mood days, though. That's the time when I comb the grocery stores in search of lamb, fresh fish, or at least a good cut of beef. Maybe for you, my dear Americans or guys from other developed countries, beef steaks are staple, but for me to find them in my town is like to win a lottery. Seriously. I wasn't able to find them yesterday too. Well, what you gonna do? I ended up buying a few pounds of pretty looking beef stew meat.
My mind knew exactly how this beautiful piece of meat will be used. A few months ago I bookmarked a recipe for a Filipino stew called Beef Caldereta. The dish has Spanish roots, as it was brought to the Philippines by the Spanish occupants. Traditionally it's made with goat meat but nowadays many recipes substitute it with beef because it's easier to get. The meat is slowly simmered in a flavorful tomato based sauce with the addition of red wine, soy sauce, and veggies.
But what sets Beef Caldereta apart from all other stews, is the addition of liver pâté. It can be beef, chicken, goose, or any other kind of pâté you like. I know it may seem strange, but believe me, guys, liver mixture takes this dish to another level! It also acts as a thickening agent helping the stew to achieve the right consistency.
The bad mood flew away and didn't come back at the very moment when I tasted this stunningly delicious stew. Beef Caldereta surprised me. I thought that no stew in the world will ever beat a classic Boeuf Bourguignon, but this Filipino staple is a strong contender. If you are looking for a new way to prepare beef, I highly recommend trying Caldereta. Your family will thank you!
Beef Caldereta Recipe
- 2 lb (900g) beef stew meat , cut into 1-inch (2.5cm) chunks
- salt and pepper , to taste
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion , diced
- 1 carrot , diced
- 4 cloves garlic , minced
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 cup red wine
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 4.25 oz (120g) can prepared liverwurst spread , or any pâté you like
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 red bell pepper , seeded, diced
- 1 green bell pepper , seeded, diced
- ½ cup frozen peas , thawed
- Season the beef chunks with salt and pepper. In a large pot, heat the oil and brown the beef on all sides, for about 5-6 minutes. Set aside.
- In the same pot, add the onion, carrot, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 4-5 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Add the tomato paste and cook for a minute more, until the paste is mixed with the veggies and starts browning.
- Add the wine and soy sauce. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half, about 2-3 minutes. Add the pâté and tomato sauce. Stir well.
- Return the beef chunks to the pot and pour in enough water to cover the meat. Add the bay leaves. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for about 2 hours, until the meat is fork tender.
- When there are about 10 minutes of cooking left, add the bell peppers and peas. Serve with rice or baguette. Enjoy!
Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
Igor, I really love your blog! When I started mine, I had intended to mix recipes with my travels -- I am American, but have been living in Asia for 8 years. I did do some travel inspired posts, but then life got busy and it was easier to post my day to day recipes. I would like to put some more travel into it, but I need to improve my travel photography!
Thanks for the kind words, Michelle! Traveling and cooking are my favorite things ever. Yeah, travel photography is a totally different beast! I myself am not so good at outside photos 🙂 But the bigger problem for me is to actually have money for those travels, ha!
Oh man, you've actually left me salivating at the thought of this! Great recipe, I will be trying it!
You will love it, Janie!
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
That looks so comforting and hearty - perfect for Autumn. I just love beed and red wine together. Yum!
Beef and red wine are meant to be together but add some liver pate and you won't be able to resist 😉
Shashi at RunninSrilankan
I LOVE your tip on coping on a day following a night of little sleep! Igor, your Beef Caldereta looks so inviting and scrumptious - gorgeous photos btw - and am fascinated by the addition of liver pate to it!
Thank you so much for the kind words, Shashi!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Well that sauce and flavors sound great!
It tastes great too, Rebecca!
This looks absolutely delicious and perfect for the cool, fall weather!
Try it and you will fall in love 😉