Beef Caldereta Recipe

A hearty beef caldereta recipe that you will absolutely love! With meltingly tender beef and rich and cheesy sauce–it’s a perfect dish you can make for special occasions, weekly family gatherings, or for days when you just want to indulge. 

Filipino Beef Stew Oven

Simmer slowly on the stove or oven, use your pressure cooker to shorten the cooking time, or set and forget with your slow cooker. Directions and tips are all here!

Beef Caldereta

Caldereta, or Kaldereta, was originally a stew made with goat meat. However, modern variations of the dish have emerged, with the use of beef, chicken, and pork as alternative meats.

In addition, contemporary versions of the dish have incorporated ingredients such as liver paste, olives, and cheese to create a unique flavor profile.

Despite these modifications, the dish’s traditional base recipe, which features a rich tomato-based sauce, remains unchanged. Vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and bell peppers are also still included in the dish to enhance its taste and nutritional value.

What you need to make Beef Caldereta

  • Beef – the best part of beef for caldereta is chuck beef. It has a nice amount of fat and becomes tender and juicy after slow cooking for hours.  Beef brisket, beef ribs, and beef shanks also work well.
  • Vinegar and Soy Sauce – give the dish a hint of tanginess and deeper red color.
  • Carrots, Potatoes, and, Bell Peppers – are the primary vegetables of Beef Caldereta. These three are staples in any Filipino stew dish–Afritada, Igado, Menudo, and Filipino-style chicken curry.
  • Tomato Paste – is the secret to a rich and thick caldereta sauce. I personally prefer this over tomato sauce.
  • Liver Spread – gives the caldereta a rich and complex flavor. This ingredient is what makes this beef stew uniquely Filipino.
  • Cheese – makes the sauce creamy and balances the overall flavor of the stew.
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How to make the best Beef Caldereta ever!

And here are my top secrets to making the best beef caldereta you’ll ever have!

Step by step process on how to cook Beef Caldereta
  1. Marinate the beef in soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic. It doesn’t have to take long. You can do this as the first step and then prepare the rest of the ingredients. You won’t even notice that 10 minutes have passed!
  2. Sear the beef in hot oil until brown. See those charred bits and pieces of meat and marinade? That’s the key to making your caldereta sauce delicious! You don’t have to do this on all of the beef pieces. Just do half of the portion to save time, then stir-fry the rest of the meat until no longer pink. Easy peasy!
  3. Cook the tomato paste by sauteing it with the meat, spices, and fresh tomatoes. This deglazes the pan and makes the stew rich and flavorful. An added bonus is the deep dark red color of the sauce making it extra festive for special occasions.
caldereta in cast iron pot baked in oven

Slow-cook the caldereta until the beef is tender. You can do this in the oven, stovetop, or your slow cooker. 

Reduce the sauce until it reaches the consistency you prefer. Mine took 15 minutes on high heat to get this thick and rich sauce.

What’s a good substitute for liver spread?

Canned liver pate is a good substitute for reno liver spread. It should be available in most grocery stores.

Another good substitute is making your own liver spread. I recommend using chicken liver for its soft texture.

Here are the steps on how to prepare it:

  1. Marinate 1 to 2 pieces of chicken liver in 2 tsp soy sauce and black pepper for 10 minutes.
  2. Pan-fry in hot oil for 2 to 3 mins until brown. Add the marinade and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Place in a blender or food processor with a little bit of water until it forms a paste.

Add-ins:

If you’re serving caldereta for Christmas, New Year, or special occasions, add pitted green olives, and green peas to make it extra festive.

Make it spicy by adding, red chili peppers or cayenne pepper.

Cooking in a Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot

Using a pressure cooker is one of the quickest ways of cooking beef caldereta. It’s not only time-saving but energy-saving too.

Here are my tips on how to make a good beef stew in a pressure cooker.

  1. Use beef brisket, oxtail, or beef ribs. These cuts tenderize well in a pressure cooker with less chance of becoming stringy and rubbery.
  2. Use enough water but don’t fill it past the max level to prevent liquid from bursting out of the valve while releasing the pressure.
  3. Don’t include the vegetables in the pressure cooking process or they will disintegrate. Add them once the beef is tender and when you start reducing the liquid.
Tender Beef Stew Caldereta

Serve

Beef kaldereta is always served as a main dish with a side of a warm cup of rice and steamed vegetables. Just like adobo, it is so much better the next day after all the flavors have developed.

Storage and shelf-life

Leftovers can last in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days and stored in an air-tight container.  To further extend the shelf life, freeze in an airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bag—thaw before reheating on the stove or microwave.

Frequently asked questions

What is the best substitute for liver spread/liver paste?

You can use chicken liver as a substitute for liver spread. Here are the steps on how to prepare it:
Marinate 1 to 2 pieces of chicken liver in 2 tsp soy sauce and black pepper for 10 minutes.
Pan-fry in hot oil for 2 to 3 mins until brown. Add the marinade and cook for another 2 minutes.
Place in a blender or food processor with a little bit of water until it forms a paste.

What types of cheese can I use for caldereta?

You can use processed cheddar cheese or sharp cheddar.

Can I use pork to make caldereta?

Pork ribs are a good substitute for beef caldereta. You can check out the recipe here.

What does caldereta mean?

The word “caldereta” comes from the Spanish word “caldera,” which means “cauldron” or “cooking pot.” The dish is believed to have been introduced to the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era, and over time it has evolved into a Filipino dish with its own unique flavor and ingredients.

Watch how to make Beef Caldereta

Tender Beef Stew Caldereta

Beef Caldereta Recipe

5 from 8 votes
A hearty Beef Caldereta recipe with meltingly tender beef, rich, slightly tangy, and cheesy sauce. Simmer slowly on the stove, oven, or slow cooker. You can even use your pressure cooker to shorten the cooking time.
Servings6 -7 people
preparation time15 minutes
Total cooking time1 hour 45 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients
 

Beef

  • 1 kg / 2.2 lbs beef chuck ( cut into 4cm cubes)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic (finely chopped)

Caldereta Sauce and Vegetables

  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil (divided)
  • 2 large potatoes (quartered)
  • 1 large carrot (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 medium green bell pepper (sliced)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (sliced)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tomatoes (sliced)
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups water (add more as needed)
  • 2 pieces bay leaf
  • ¼ cup liver spread/paste
  • 2 tsp brown sugar (add more if preferred)
  • 3 tbsp pickle relish (optional)
  • dash Worcestershire (see note 4)
  • 1 pc red chili (optional)
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients for the beef in a large bowl. Toss all together and let it marinate for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, gather and prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large pot. Stir-fry the carrots and potatoes until lightly brown. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside. Stir-fry the bell peppers until fragrant. Set aside.
  • Remove the beef from the marinade, remove any garlic bits. Reserve the marinade. Add 2 tbsp oil to the same pot over high heat. Sear the beef on both sides until brown and caramelized. Do it in two batches if needed.
  • Push the beef to the side of the pot. Add the onions and cook until softened. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste, stir scraping the pan with a wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits at the bottom. Stir with the beef then add the marinade and fish sauce. Cover with lid and simmer until fragrant, around 2 minutes.
  • Pour the beef stock, bay leaf, sugar, pickles, liver spread. Cover with a lid. Bring to boil then adjust heat to medium-low. Cook until beef is tender. This could take 1 to 2 hours or longer depending on the thickness of the beef. *See notes for different cooking methods.
  • Add back carrots, and potatoes. Cook for 10 mins until tender. Simmer without a lid to thicken the sauce. Add grated cheese and simmer until it has completely melted. The sauce will thicken a bit more.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add bell peppers, cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve with warm rice. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes & Tips:

Substitutes/Alternatives

  1. Beef  – beef brisket, beef ribs, and beef shanks should also work well.
  2. Broth alternative – dissolve 2 beef bouillon cubes in 3 cups hot water.
  3. Vinegar: white rice vinegar (not seasoned), cane vinegar, or coconut vinegar
  4. Worcestershire – can be substituted with liquid seasonings such as Maggi, Knorr, or Braggs Aminos
  5. Make it spicy – add chopped bird’s eye chilies.
  6. Other add-ins: green peas and green olives. Add 2 to 3 minutes before the end of cooking.

Cooking Methods

  • OVEN: After step 5, cover and bake for 1 1/2 – 2 hours at 150C / 300F. Do steps 6 and 7 then return to the oven for a further 20 – 30 minutes WITHOUT the lid on to reduce the sauce.
  • SLOW COOKER: Do steps 1 to 5 but include the carrots and potatoes. Transfer to a slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours. Simmer on the stovetop to reduce the liquid.
  • PRESSURE COOKER/ INSTANT POT: Do steps 1 to 5. Don’t fill it past the max level to prevent liquid from bursting out. Reduce water up to 1 cup. Close the lid and position the valve to a SEALING position. PRESSURE COOK for 25 minutes (adjust to 35 minutes if using thicker cuts). Release the pressure using quick release. Proceed with steps 6 and 7 using the SAUTE mode.

Storage/Leftovers

  • Refrigerate or freeze, then thaw before reheating on the stove or microwave. Tastes even better the next day because the flavors develop even more.
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Author : Mella
Course : Main Course
Cuisine : Filipino
Keyword : kaldereta, kalderetang baka
Nutrition Facts
Beef Caldereta Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
603
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
38
g
58
%
Saturated Fat
 
20
g
125
%
Cholesterol
 
156
mg
52
%
Sodium
 
1327
mg
58
%
Potassium
 
1326
mg
38
%
Carbohydrates
 
26
g
9
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Protein
 
42
g
84
%
Vitamin A
 
8767
IU
175
%
Vitamin C
 
66
mg
80
%
Calcium
 
144
mg
14
%
Iron
 
7
mg
39
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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14 Comments

  1. Hello!
    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I noticed that in the instructions you do not specify when to add Worcestershire sauce or water can you please clarify?

    1. I have not personally tried it but I imagine it would give it a hint of fruity taste. You can omit the vinegar if preferred.
      – Mella

  2. 5 stars
    Made this last night using an Instant Pot. It was finished in less than an hour. A huge time saver! I let the sauce thicken for 10 minutes and it was so good!

  3. Hello Mella, I enjoyed reading & learning about your recipes, this Caldereta version of yours looks good. I like the fact that you didn’t add tomato sauce. Thank you for sharing. I love to cook as well!

  4. 5 stars
    This Beef Caldereta is so delicious! I used Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Tamari Soy Sauce for a tastier flavor. It’s my newfound favorite! Best paired with Vitasoy Vita Reduced Sugar Chrysanthemum Tea.

  5. 5 stars
    Made for my mother in law she is from manilla she loved it, I used chicken liver pate as substitute was delicious

    1. That’s awesome, Carolyn! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe. Chicken liver is a good substitute indeed.
      – Mella

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe was delish! Steps were easy to follow and everything turned out great. Thank you for this tasty recipe!

    1. You’re welcome, Bernadette. Thanks for the wonderful feedback. I’m glad you enjoyed my caldereta recipe 🙂

  7. 5 stars

    5 stars
    Made your beef caldereta and I love it just add to tomato sauce instead of fresh tomatoes and d paste, But follow everything. Will definitely cook it again, ty.