Kare-Kare is a Philippine stew made with a variety of vegetables, stewed oxtail, beef, offal and tripe thickened and flavored by peanut sauce. It is eaten with shrimp paste as a sauce and is often served on special occasions or during Sundays when everybody in the family is at home.

The Shrimp Paste serves as a sauce and is made of salted, fermented and then sautéed micro-shrimps.

You can substitute chicken, meat or seafood in cooking your Kare-Kare or you can even do a vegetable only Kare-Kare if you’re a vegetarian.There are also a lot of available mixes in the supermarkets today which you only add to meat and you’ll have Kare-Kare but nothing beats the traditional way of cooking it using freshly ground roasted peanuts. Some even add ground rice as well.

Banana Hearts are my favorite veggies mixed in Kare-Kare.


500g Beef Sirloin, cubed
500g oxtail, cut into 2 inches long
500g ox tripe, boiled twice,washed and cut into 2-inch squares
300g beef tendons
2 banana hearts, sliced diagonally
5 pieces eggplants, sliced diagonally
2 bundle of string beans, cut into 2-inch long
3 bundles bok choy
1 head of cabbage, cut into serving pieces
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion,chopped
4 tbsp cooking oil
4 cups ground peanuts
Annato/Achiote oil for color
salt to taste


  • Boil beef, oxtail, ox tripe and tendons in a big pot until tender. Set aside including the stock you boiled it in.
  • In another pot, sauté garlic and onions in oil until onions become translucent.
  • Pour the stock and let it come to a boil. Add the beef, oxtail,tripe and tendons.
  • Stir in Annato oil and ground peanuts. Put salt to taste.
  • Simmer until the desired thickness of the sauce.
  • Add eggplant, banana hearts, string beans,bok choy and cabbage.
  • Simmer until vegetables are cooked but not overdone.
  • Serve with shrimp paste and steamed rice.

Beef…..veggies…..peanut sauce…shrimp paste…I had such a blessed Sunday!! How was yours?

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Hi, Peachy here!

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