Caldereta (Filipino Beef & Potato Stew)

I decided to start learning how to cook my favorite Filipino dishes in honor of Filipino-American Heritage month, and I chose to try caldereta first. My yaya boils the meat for a very long time before she makes the caldereta to make it soft. I made it in a crockpot to make the meat nice and tender. I used Mama Sita’s caldereta mix since that’s what my yaya does and cooked mine with beef stew meat, potatoes, carrots, and a bell pepper. I served it over rice, which is how filipinos typically eat it (and nearly everything else). As I expected, it didn’t quite taste the same as my yaya’s, but I’m going to keep trying.

I keep telling her I’m going to video tape her cooking one of these, so I can study what she does. Unfortunately, she doesn’t use a recipe. She also doesn’t measure ingredients. She also cooks large quantities, which mean I’ll have to recalculate the ingredients for two and a half people. Hence, why I think a video will come in handy.

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  1. That looks absolutely delicious!!!