Classic Beef Kaldereta

Classic Beef Kaldereta

In the rich tapestry of Filipino cuisine, few dishes hold the essence of comfort and tradition as authentically as Beef Kaldereta. This hearty stew, a beloved staple in many Filipino households, carries a robust blend of flavors that tantalize the taste buds and warm the soul.

Unveiling the Essence of Beef Kaldereta

Beef Kaldereta, known for its aromatic spices, tender meat, and a luscious tomato-based sauce, embodies the heart of Filipino cooking. What makes this dish a standout isn’t just its rich taste, but also the shared memories and cultural significance tied to every simmering pot.

Embracing Heritage Through Flavor

This dish traces its roots back to Spanish influences in the Philippines, evolving over time to incorporate local ingredients and flavors. The marriage of tender beef, vibrant tomatoes, savory liver paste, and a touch of heat from peppers creates a symphony of tastes that represents the Filipino palate.

Crafting the Perfect Beef Kaldereta

To embark on your culinary journey into this classic Filipino dish, here’s a simple yet authentic Beef Kaldereta recipe:


  • 2 lbs/1kg Refined Selections Kaldereta cut OR Refined Selections Oyster Blade (Kalitiran) cubed
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup liver spread (or liver paste)
  • 1 cup potatoes, cubed
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup green olives (optional)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes or siling labuyo (adjust to your liking)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil


  1. Heat cooking oil in a large pot. Sauté garlic and onions until fragrant.
  2. Add meat and brown them on all sides.
  3. Pour in beef broth, tomato sauce, and liver spread. Stir well.
  4. Add bay leaves, paprika, chili flakes/siling labuyo, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer until beef is tender (about 1.5 to 2 hours).
  5. Add potatoes, carrots, and bell peppers. Simmer until vegetables are cooked but still firm.
  6. Optionally, add green olives and simmer for a few more minutes.
  7. Adjust seasoning if needed and remove bay leaves before serving.

Delight in Every Bite

The beauty of Beef Kaldereta lies not just in its taste but in the joy of sharing it with loved ones. Whether served with steamed rice or crusty bread, every spoonful invites you to savor the rich history and vibrant flavors of Filipino culture.

Bringing Tradition to Your Table

At Refined Selections, we celebrate heritage through flavor. Our Kaldereta cut ensures the perfect beef chunks for your Beef Kaldereta. Available in 450g for P204 or 900g for P408, it’s a tribute to the cherished Filipino culinary tradition. Look no further, Refined Selections offer genuine, fresh, and affordable Australian beef. Browse through our products page and conveniently place your order online. We offer delivery anywhere in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Pampanga, Pangasinan, and Baguio.

In every simmer and every aromatic whiff, Beef Kaldereta embodies the warmth and love of Filipino kitchens shared especially this holiday season. So, gather your ingredients, follow this recipe, and embark on a culinary adventure that speaks to the heart of Filipino cuisine.

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