Kalderetang baka or some call it bakareta in short; “Kaldereta” which came from the Spanish word “caldereta” simply means stew. A Pinoy mouth-watering dish cooked with tender beef, potatoes, and carrots stewed in tomato sauce. This is originally a Goat Stew Cook in tomato sauce, potatoes, liver spread, olives, bell peppers and hot peppers. This has been a popularly regarded healthy dish in Northern Luzon. Now it became so popular that many versions have been made and other meat like beef, chicken, pork and even fish have been used. Beef is the most popular though.
Together with the beef is the beef liver but if you can’t buy it, since we all know it’s a bit expensive, liver paste will do. It will give the dish a complementary texture and taste. Some usually do this dish with coconut milk and with an extra chili flavor. It is the modified version of Kalderetang Baka, but still it’s your choice if you want to put coconut milk on it.
Since the beef here is the main ingredient, did you know that beef is a good source of zinc, which is helpful for preventing the damage to blood vessel walls, which can contribute to some heart diseases and is also needed for the proper functioning of immune system. Kalderetang Baka, with all of its health benefits, mouth-watering taste is usually served as an all time favorite dish in household in regular days or special occasions such as Fiestas and other celebration. So, be ready to share this dish with your family and friends. Have a nice cooking!
Kalderetang Baka (or Beef Caldereta) is a staple Filipino dish you kind being served in any household or karinderya in the Philippines. This beef stew colorful beef stew with various cuts of different vegetables is delicious from looks alone but the sweetness of its sauce and the tenderness of its meat will entice hungry mouths to go return for seconds.
The kaldereta recipe is a favorite to serve not just for everyday meals in households and eateries but for fiestas and other special occasions as well. The tender meat combined with its sweet sauce and healthy vegetables complete with fluffy white rice make for a filling meal that Filipinos always appreciate.
The original Beef Caldereta was highly influenced by a similar beef stew recipe from the Spaniards which they brought to the Philippines and like many of their other recipes, Filipinos added their unique modifications to it and called it their own. The word Caldereta is derived from the Spanish word caldera which means cauldron.
Of course, to cook a Beef Caldereta Recipe, you will need chunks of beef for protein and this most popular meat for Caldereta. Although, goat meat is the preferred meat to use in the original recipe and remains to be the golden standard. Beef is just more accessible for the masses but is just as every bit as delicious.
Other ingredients come in the form of liver spread, tomato sauce, and various cuts of vegetables including bell peppers, carrots, potatoes, and sometimes green peas. This mixture of ingredients makes up the delicious sweet sauce that the meat will be stewed in.
Many Filipino households have their versions and special recipes for cooking their caldereta with a diverse mix of additional ingredients. But the staple recipe and the taste is the same and will always leave family members and guests wanting for more.
How to Cook Kalderetang Baka
Cooking kalderetang baka is relatively easy to learn and relatively simple Although, it may take a couple of hours to really get the beef to tenderize. All you’ll need are the ingredients, a pot, cauldron or a deep pan, and you’re ready to go!
First of, add canola oil to your pot, cauldron, or pan, wait to head then add your carrots and potatoes. Wait for them to turn brown then remove them and set aside. Then in the same pot, cauldron, or pan, sautee the garlic and onions. Add the chunks of beef and saute for 5 minutes.
Once that’s done, add 4 cups of water and leave to boil for about 2 hours until the meat is tender. If you don’t have that kind of time in your hand, use a pressure cooker for 30 minutes. When the beef is tender, you can add the tomato sauce and liver spread then simmer for 10 minutes.
Now for the fun part, add the colorful vegetables for added nutrition and flavor. This will include bell peppers, crushed chili, olives, carrots, bay leaves, and potatoes. Leave it to simmer for another 8 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and you’re done! All that’s left is serving the finished kalderetang baka with hot white rice.
Other Kaldereta Recipes
Filipino cuisine is characterized by the experimentation of staple recipes and every household and every region in the Philippines has their versions of kaldereta. The ingredients list could be simple or complex depending on your preferences and different recipes of kaldereta are created every day. Check out these other kaldereta recipes you can try.
Just replace the beef with goat meat in the recipe and you’re good to go. The steps of cooking are essentially the just with a few added ingredients such as laurel leaves instead of bay leaves. Try this recipe to get a taste that’s near the original kaldereta recipe.
Pork is used instead of beef in this kaldereta recipe and the sauce is extra creamy and just a little bit sweeter because of the additional step of adding coconut milk in the dish. The three tablespoons of soy sauce added near the end will create a nice balance to the sweetness.
The healthiest version of kaldereta by far, although it’s already a healthy dish, to begin with. The chicken dish creates a great flavor just as well as any other meat. The added lechon sauce and vinegar will make the chicken meat extra tender. This recipe using the chicken is very similar to Afritada.
Now for something more adventurous and for people who don’t really like meat, this kaldereta rice recipe is for you. The meats are completely gone and substituted with rice. It makes for an equally filling meal!
For an extra tender and flavorful beef kaldereta, try this recipe of kaldereta using a crackpot. It’s a great recipe to follow for those exploring their way around the kitchen and have some time to spare. The results at the end would be exquisite to the taste buds.
Try to Cook this Kalderetang Baka Recipe and enjoy it with your family. Tell me how it turned out!
Kalderetang Baka Recipe
- 1/2 kilo Beef Brisket cut into cubes
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup red bell pepper seeded and cut into Julienne strips
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup liver spread or liver paste processed using blender
- 1 tsp. crushed chili
- 3 pcs bay leaves
- 4 garlic cloves crushed
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 cups potatoes peeled and sliced
- 2 cups carrots sliced
- 1 cup Canola cooking oil
- 2/3 cup green olives
- salt and pepper to taste
- In large cooking pan add in the Canola Oil, heat the pan and fry the carrots and potatoes until it turns light brown.
- Remove from the pan the fried potatoes and carrots then set aside
- In the same pan, sauté the garlic and onions
- Next add the beef and saute for 5 minutes
- Add water and let the beef boil until tender about 2 hours (for shorter time in cooking use pressure cooker to soften the beef for only 30mins)
- Once the beef is already tender add the tomato sauce and liver spread then simmer for 10 minutes
- Add green bell pepper,crushed chili, olives, carrots, bay leaves and potatoes then simmer for another 8 minutes
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve hot with rice.