Kaldereta is a popular dish in the Philippines, especially on Luzon Island. The common ingredients is goat shoulders with tomato paste and liver spread.
Kaldereta is originally a goat stew made with tomato sauce, potatoes, spices, liver spread, olives, bell peppers and hot peppers. Originally adapted from the Spanish during their 300 year occupation of the Philippines.
Kaldereta is a favorite Filipino meal served during parties, festivities and other special occasions in the Philippines. It is a Spanish-influenced dish (the Spanish word "caldera" means cauldron) that became to be Filipinos' favorite and made their own versions. Originally, the main ingredients of this dish includes goat meat, tomato sauce, liver, pepper and cheese.
Variations of this dish is with beef, chicken and or pork. Beef Kaldereta is a common dish in the Philippines made with stewing cuts of beef simmered until tender. Another is with chicken or pork because of the price and availability.
Preparation Time: 20-25 minutes
Total Cooking Time: 40-45 minutes
Makes About/Servings: 6-8
1 Kg Beef, cubed3 cloves Garlic, crushed and chopped1 Onion, finely chopped4 cups Water1 cup Red Bell Pepper, cut into strips1 cup Tomato Sauce½ cup Liver Spread or Liver paste (processed using blender)1 tsp. crushed Chili3 large Bay Leaves2 cups Potatoes, cubed2 cups Carrots, cubed (small)1 cup Cooking Oil2/3 cup Green Olives (the salty and sour taste of green olives gives a very nice flavor for this dish)salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat the cooking oil in the pan and fry the carrots and potatoes until color turns light brown.
2. Remove the fried carrots and potatoes from the pan and set aside.
3. In the same pan where the vegetables were fried, sauté the garlic and onions.
4. Add the beef and simmer for 5 minutes.
5. Add water and let the beef boil until tender (about 30 minutes using a pressure cooker).
6. Add the tomato sauce and liver spread and simmer for 10 minutes.
7. Add green olives, carrots, bay leaves, bell pepper,crushed chili,and potatoes and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes.
8. Add salt and pepper to taste.
9. Serve Hot. Excellent with white rice.