Beef Mechado Recipe

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  August 27, 2020
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Beef mechado, together with Afritada, Pochero, and Menudo, is another tomato-based recipe.

The oiliness of the beef, the sweetness, and sourness of the tomato sauce, the extension that the potatoes and carrot provide added with the contrasting taste of the red and green bell peppers make this beef mechado recipe turn into scrumptious viand for lunch and dinner meals.

Beef Mechado Recipe

This beef mechado recipe has beef as its main ingredient. What makes this dish tasty is because of the fat coming from the beef.

Beef actually has the highest amount of fat in its meat, and while it is cooking, the fat actually melts and cover the dish with that decadent taste.

Also, it has the usual ingredients for tomato-based dishes such as carrots, potatoes, and tomato sauce.

Other ingredients include bell pepper which gives the dish its distinct crunch, garlic, onion, lemon, bay leaves, and soy sauce.

Beef Mechado Recipe and Preparation Tips

This beef mechado recipe is similar to other Filipino tomato-based dishes as well.

Saute onion and garlic into the pan, then add the beef and saute once more until the beef’s color turns brownish. Add the tomato sauce into the pan and the salt and pepper.

Depending on how thick you want the mechado to be, add more tomato sauce to taste. If you want it to be on the brothy side, then you may add water.

Since mechado is a slow-cooker meal, simmer the mechado for two hours or until the beef is already tender.

After two hours, pour in the soy sauce, salt and pepper, lemon juice and bay leaves.

Lastly, put the potatoes and carrots and simmer the mechado once more until the vegetables are tender.

Beef Mechado Ingredients

Filipino beef mechado recipe

Beef mechado, together with Afritada, Pochero, and Menudo, is another tomato-based recipe. The oiliness of the beef, the sweetness, and sourness of the tomato sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword Beef, Mechado
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 350kcal
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $8

Ingredients

  • 1 kg beef cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 potatoes cut into quarters
  • 1 carrot cut into cubes
  • 2 tsp lemon juice or calamansi juice
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 bay leaves or laurel leaves
  • salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • cooking oil

Instructions

  • When buying the beef, choose the meat with a little tendon. Cut the beef into bite size pieces.
  • On a heavy skillet, heat oil and stir fry the beef for a few minutes until it turns light brown. Set aside.
  • On the skillet where you fry the beef, remove excess oil and retain at least 1 tablespoon.
  • Saute garlic and onion until cooked and add the water, lemon juice or calamansi juice, soy sauce, pepper, tomato sauce, laurel leaves, salt and the beef.
  • Simmer in low fire until the meat is tender. Then add the potatoes and carrots.
  • Simmer for a few minutes until the potatoes and carrots are cooked.

Notes

Tip: it is better to simmer the beef in a low fire so the meat will release its flavor.
 

In this recipe I would recommend getting a good beef for stir-frying:

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Beef Mechado Stir-fried beef

Beef Mechado Saute garlic and onion

Beef Mechado with potatoes and carrotsServe on a large plate and enjoy it. This Beef Mechado Recipe is best partnered with rice and is possible to be a dish to be served in celebrations and parties.

Thank You!

More beef? Check out this Filipino Beef Salpicao Recipe

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.