Beef Kaldereta Recipe

This beef kaldereta recipe yields a tasty stew with tender beef.

The secret to this special beef kaldereta recipe? We added peanut butter and coconut milk to the mix. Try it to taste the difference!

Beef Kaldereta Recipe

Carina Guevara-Galang
This beef kaldereta recipe yields a tasty stew with tender beef.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4 to 6


Beef Kaldereta Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil plus more, for frying
  • 1 kilo beef short ribs sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic crushed
  • 1 Cup Onions chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups Tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Fish sauce or more to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Cup water
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 Cup coconut milk
  • 3 medium Potatoes sliced into 2-inch cubes
  • 1/3 Cup pimiento strips
  • 1 to 3 bird's eye chilies (siling labuyo), Optional
  • 2 medium carrots cubed
  • 1/2 Cup green olives pitted


  • Heat oil in a heavy saucepan over medium to high heat. Working in batches, sear the short ribs on all sides. Set aside.
  • Add onions and garlic. Saute until just softened. 
  • Return beef to the pan. Stir and season with salt, pepper, and fish sauce. Add bay leaves.
  • Add water, peanut butter, and coconut milk. Bring to a gentle simmer. Lower heat to the lowest possible setting. Cover the pan and simmer until the meat is fork-tender, about 1½ to 2 hours. Make sure to stir mixture every 15 minutes to avoid a burnt bottom. If needed, add a little water so it doesn’t dry out.
  • Fry the chopped potatoes and carrots until golden.
  • Once the meat is tender, add potatoes, carrots, pimiento slices, olives and chilies, if using. Continue cooking until the vegetables are cooked through. Adjust the seasoning with a little salt or fish sauce, if necessary.
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