Beef Caldereta Recipe (Kaldereta): the secret spread to make it great

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  December 21, 2020

3 easy recipes anyone can make...

All the tips you'll need to get started in Japanese cooking with our first email the FREE Japanese with ease quick-start recipe guide

We'll only use your email address for our newsletter and respect your privacy

I love creating free content full of tips for my readers, you. I don't accept paid sponsorships, my opinion is my own, but if you find my recommendations helpful and you end up buying something you like through one of my links, I could earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more

This Beef Caldereta recipe (Kaldereta)  gives you know-how on preparing this hearty dish. Beef Caldereta or Kaldereta is also known as the beef stew in tomato sauce.

In the Northern part of the Philippines such as Ilocos Norte, they use the meaty bones of Goat instead of beef or pork.
Beef Caldereta Recipe (Kaldereta)
In some parts of the Philippines, beef caldereta is served in fiestas and other family festivities like birthdays.

The use of meat in this beef caldereta recipe is a more expensive alternative as compared to using pork.

Most wet markets or palengke in the Philippines sell pre-cut meat or more often referred to as Caldereta-cut beef. There are numerous ways and methods of cooking caldereta.

Some cooks would prefer to brown the meat first before stewing. Other prefer to boil the meaty bones of the beef first, then followed by sauteeing them in aromatics such as sliced onion and garlic.

Favorite Asian Recipes video

This beef caldereta recipe uses the great method of tenderizing the meat and simmering it in seasoned tomato sauce.

The process of simmering the beef also gives minimal shrinkages and keeps the beef moist and very tender.

Beef Caldereta Recipe and Preparation Tips

The Beef and the vegetables in this Beef Caldereta recipe must be sliced evenly to ensure even cooking.

Filipinos use the sweeter type of tomato sauce or tomato paste when cooking their beef caldereta.

They would also add in a traditional Filipino spread to breads—that is the liver spread. The most popular brand for this liver spread is Reno.

The liver spread adds a creamy and velvety texture to the beef caldereta recipe.

Beef Caldereta Recipe (Kaldereta)

Beef caldereta recipe ( kaldereta)

Joost Nusselder
The Beef and the vegetables in this Beef Caldereta recipe must be sliced evenly to ensure even cooking.
No ratings yet
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 5 people


  • 2 lbs beef, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • ½ cup liver spread
  • 3 bay leaf
  • 2 cups potatoes, quartered
  • 2 cups carrots, sliced
  • cups green olives
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Heat oil in a Pan. Fry the potatoes and carrots until color turns light brown. Remove and set aside.
  • Add beef to the pan; stir-fry for a few minutes until lightly brown. Remove and set aside.
  • In the same pan, sauté the garlic and onions until translucent.
  • Add chili flakes. Return beef and accumulated juices to pan.
  • Stir-fry for a few minutes. Add water, tomato sauce, liver spread and bay leaf; stir to combine.
  • Bring to a boil then simmer, about an hour or until meat tender.
  • Add potatoes, carrots and green olives; simmer for another 6 to 8 minutes. Season salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add bell peppers, cook for additional 2 minutes.
  • Transfer to a platter and Serve
Keyword Beef, Calderata
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

The vegetables that commonly added to the beef caldereta are carrots, green and red bell pepper and potatoes.

The addition of black and green pitted olives is also optional. For added depth of flavor, grated cheese is blended in this beef caldereta recipe just before serving.

Every month new cooking tips in your email?

Japanese recipes, cooking tips and more with the first email our FREE mini-recipe guide "Japanese with ease"

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.