What is Kaldereta or Caldereta? It is a nourishing stew with peppers, meat, potatoes, and liver gravy or spread. This stew was originally made with goat, but most substitute beef and sometimes chicken. Olives and/or sweet peas are optional additions. The tomato sauce and liver spread give it a very distinct flavor that will make you salivate just to smell it.


Serve this robust stew over rice or eat it plain.

Most Filipinos use liver gravy to make their kaldereta, but you can use liver spread or liver pate, the result is basically the same, so for this recipe I will use liver spread to make it easier.

Ingredients for Kaldereta

  • 1 kg of beef or pork tenderloin, cut into 5cm cubes
  • 3 gloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup white or rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 bay leaves (dahon ng laurel)
  • About 3 cups of water, just enough to cover the meat
  • 3 gloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 6 potatoes, quartered
  • 2 small chili peppers finely cut (optional)
  • 1 or 2 red bell peppers cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup Green peas (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Pickle Relish
  • 1 small can Liver Spread
  • 1/2 cup Olives
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, for sautéing

Directions for Kaldereta

Boil the meat in the garlic, vinegar, salt, and bay leaf with just enough water to cover, until tender; put the meat in a dish for later; sauté the onion, bell pepper, and garlic, then replace the meat and continue sautéing for 2 or 3 minutes; add in the pickle relish, tomato sauce, and broth, then the potatoes; let cook for 10 minutes until the potatoes and meat are fork tender; mix the liver spread, sugar, pepper, and salt; stir and add the olives and green peas; bring the mixture to a boil for a minute; put in a serving dish and serve over rice or with rice on the side, your choice. To cut down the work, you could use a Caldereta package mix; just follow the instructions on the packet. You can leave out the green peas or olive, but use some green peppers for contrast with the red sauce and peppers. It will be more pleasing to the eye. Additionally, if you like spicy you can add chili pepper to your desired taste.

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