Beef Caldereta

Beef Kaldereta

Chunks of beef stewed in tomato sauce and coconut milk for hours. Serve with steamed rice for a truly comforting meal.

Beef Kaldereta

I can’t believe March is coming to an end.

It’s been a slow-moving month for me as I felt that I mostly stayed at home, had naps, and watched Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Aside from that I can’t remember anything else that happened for the past three weeks! No joke.

Yesterday was Ykaie’s Recognition Day. She received a medal for being first place at the MTAP Math Challenge. Yeah, it was a small award but I’m a proud mommy. I wasn’t as smart as she is growing up. I just blended in the crowd and was almost invisible.

It’s these kinds of moments that I’m thankful that I work at home because I get to take really good care of her and guide her. And it’s something I want to do for my family ever since, to be able to be there for them whenever they need me. To shower them with love and care….

One of the best ways I do that is prepare them comforting meals like Beef Caldereta.

Ykaie has grown fond of this dish because she loves the flavorsome gravy that comes with her beef which she pours over her hot steaming rice. I was actually surprised when she asked me to teach her how to cook Caldereta.

It’s Holy Week Next week and I’m planning my menu of veggies and fish.

How’s March coming along for you?

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Beef Caldereta

  • Author: Peachy Adarne


  • 1 kilo beef kenchi or stewing beef, cut into cubes
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup liver spread
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 cup pitted black olives
  • 2 pcs potatoes, cut into pieces.
  • 1 large carrot, cut into pieces
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • pepper to taste
  • bird’s eye chili (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a pot. Fry potatoes and carrots until cooked. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. In the same pan,sauté garlic and onion until onion becomes translucent.
  3. Add beef and brown on all sides.
  4. Add water and bring to a boil.
  5. Pour in tomato sauce and half the coconut milk. Mix well. Bring to a boil and simmer in very low heat for 1 1/2 hours until beef becomes very tender. Add water if needed.
  6. Add liver spread and the rest of the coconut milk. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
  7. Add fish sauce, potatoes, carrots, black olives, and bell pepper plus pepper to taste.
  8. Add chopped bird’s eye chili if you like it spicy. Simmer for an additional 2 minutes.
  9. Serve with steamed rice.

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89 Responses

  1. That sounds amazing. I have never had anything like this before, but I definitely want to try it.

  2. Wow what an interesting dish! I’ve never heard of using coconut oil with beef but I bet it’s really good. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have never heard of this dish before, but it looks delicious. Perfect for when celebrating or dealing with something not so great, too. I guess I just love delicious food at all times! 🙂

  4. I’m come across a few recipes lately that incorporates coconut milk. I haven’t been bold enough to try it yet. I trying to move away from the same basic dishes so I may try this out next week.

  5. This totally looks amazing indeed. I am for sure going to be making this dish. It would make a great meal for this Sunday. Thanks for sharing.

  6. What a great sounding dish. I don’t know if hubby would eat it though, w/the fish flavor added. He’s sensitive to seafood anything.

  7. Thanks for the recipe! I think I should go back to honing my very limited cooking skills and start with this one. 😀

  8. Ultimate favorite ko itong Beef Caldereta. Kaya sobrang timely siya na may recipe pa. Mahirap kasi maghanap ng beef caldereta recipe na swak sa panlasa, yung hindi masyado spicy pero may kick pa rin. And this recipe takes a bit of patience kasi mahirap rin magpalambot ng baka. Slow-cooked daw dapat. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Papagawa ko sa bahay…I’m sure yummy na naman ito!

  9. Wow, your daughter is very bright and smart. 🙂 I didn’t know that coconut milk is added to beef caldereta. I should tell mom to follow this recipe one time.

  10. Looks so delicious. You can never go wrong with a classic. I don’t know how to cook this, but my husband does, lol. We, I mean he, will give your recipe a try, haha.

  11. Coconut milk and black olives for caldereta? Sounds yum-yum! I will definitely try this soon!

  12. This looks really good, Peachy! Caldereta is one of my favorite Filipino dishes. I always order it whenever we dine at a Filipino restaurant. I like it spicy and with lots of tomato sauce!

  13. Wow, another recipe for me to follow hhehehe. Btw, it was nice seeing you at the Dole event, Peachy. 🙂

    Anyhow, congratulations to your daughter! galing naman!! 🙂

  14. One of my faves! I always request this to my Aunt when I’m in PH 🙂 Thanks for the recipe! Now I can cook it without Aunt’s guidance *winks

  15. Wow it’s nice, you have used palayok. You really like cooking. I seldom eat something that is cooked in Palayok, does it makes the flavor different? Do you think coconut oil is an healty alternative?

  16. This is the recipe that I’ve been looking for! I am in love with caldereta, although I prefer the goat version of said dish.. But thanks for sharing, this is a great practice recipe if I want to perfect my culinary prowess 🙂

  17. HELLO!


  18. wow yummy copy po uli ng recipe ha..gusto gusto ng mga anak ko ang caldereta..

  19. I love hearing peach’s stories and how she transitions them to the recipe in focus, while looking at all the well photographed food, and taking notes of the recipes.. That’s a stupid comment, and you can always scroll down and get to where you want to go. san cueba ka ba galing? LMAO

  20. This looks delicious. I will try this sometime. I am exploring other ways to cook caldereta.
    I tried using pork and peanut butter instead of beef and liver spread but it does not taste like the one my grandmother cook for us during fiesta. How long do you know normally cook the beef?

  21. This looks delicious. I will try this sometime. I am exploring other ways to cook caldereta.
    I tried using pork and peanut butter instead of beef and liver spread but it does not taste like the one my grandmother cook for us during fiesta. How long do you know normally cook the beef?

  22. Super fave ni hubby ito. Pero i dont cook, binibili lang namin meron kasi dito sa lugar namin na masarap magluto ng caldereta both pork at beef. Nagmamantika ang sarsa sa sarap. Will take note on this sana soon makapagluto rin ako. Thank you!

  23. So yummy all time favorite perfect pang ulam at perfect for my occasion

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I'm a foodie mommy living in the Philippines. I'm a mom to two daughters named PURPLE SKYE and PERIWINKLE MOONE and wife to a loving husband I fondly call peanutbutter♥. I am a foodie by heart, a coffee lover and a froyo and yogurt junkie. Learn more →






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