Ingredients

  • Serves 5 people
  • 500g top round beef, diced into 1-inch cubes

    1 bulb white onion, minced

    5 cloves garlic, minced

    30 ml cooking oil

    125 ml water

    250 ml tomato sauce

    20 g tomato paste

    1 pc potato, chopped into cubes

    2 pcs carrots, chopped into cubes

    1 pc red bell pepper, cut into ½ inch cubes

    1 pc green bell pepper, cut unto ½ inch cubes

    3 tbsp soy sauce

    1 pc bay leaf

    1 tsp salt

    ½ tsp pepper

    1 tbsp vegetable oil

Beef Mechado
Recipe Courtesy of
Asian Food Network

Beef Mechado

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Beef Mechado is a classic tomato-based Filipino stew that is thought to have been greatly influenced by the Spanish way of cooking. Choice cuts of fatty beef are braised in tomato sauce and traditionally cooked together with chunks of potatoes, carrots and both red and green bell peppers. While this hearty dish is always present at the table of every Filipino family during festive occasions, Beef Mechado can also be cooked ahead of time and served hot as a side for steamed rice at any mealtime.
  • Easy
  • 15 min
  • 120 min
  • 15 min
  • 3 steps
  • 16 Ingredients
  • Easy
  • 3 steps
  • 16 Ingredients
  • 15 min
  • 120 min
  • 15 min

Instructions

  1. Saute the beef

    • Heat 30ml oil in a pan over medium heat and sauté the minced onion and garlic until aromatic, about 2 minutes.
    • Add 500g diced beef into the pan and saute 2 - 3 minutes per side until the color changes to light brown.
    Saute the beef


  2. Cook the sauce

    • Add 20g tomato paste, 240ml tomato sauce and 125ml water and allow to simmer until the beef is tender. 
    • Add water as needed, or enough to cover the beef.
    • Note this can take about 1 to 2 hours depending on the quality of the beef.
    Cook the sauce


  3. Add vegetables

    • Add soy sauce, bay leaf and cubed bell peppers into the pan. Allow it to summer until excess liquid evaporates, about 3 to 5 minutes.
    • Add the chopped potatoes and carrots in and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
    • Season with salt and pepper.
    Add vegetables


Plate and Serve!

Transfer Beef Mechado into a serving bowl and serve with steamed white rice.

Plate and Serve!
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    Ingredients
    • Serves 5 people
    • 500g top round beef, diced into 1-inch cubes

      1 bulb white onion, minced

      5 cloves garlic, minced

      30 ml cooking oil

      125 ml water

      250 ml tomato sauce

      20 g tomato paste

      1 pc potato, chopped into cubes

      2 pcs carrots, chopped into cubes

      1 pc red bell pepper, cut into ½ inch cubes

      1 pc green bell pepper, cut unto ½ inch cubes

      3 tbsp soy sauce

      1 pc bay leaf

      1 tsp salt

      ½ tsp pepper

      1 tbsp vegetable oil

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