Filipino Beef Mechado Recipe Video

Beef Mechado is a type of stew with tomato sauce. This dish is somewhat similar to other Filipino dishes such as the Kaldereta (caldereta), Estofada (or Estofado), and as well as the Afritada because of the base ingredient used (which is tomato sauce). If we look closely, there are differences (aside from the name )such as the manner of cooking or preparation and ingredients used. I enjoy eating tomato based dishes especially if beef is used. However, the time needed to tenderize the meat tests my patience. Good thing I was able to buy a reliable pressure cooker to solve my problem. I acknowledge the fact that slow cooked meals are still the best but sometimes we need to improvise our cooking methods to suit our busy world.


Difficulty LevelEasyHealth IndexJust Enjoy
Main IngredientHealthy,


 Garlic3 Clove (15 gm), crushed
 Onion1 Large, sliced
 Beef chuck2 Pound, cubed
 Tomato sauce8 Ounce
 Water1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Cooking oil3 Tablespoon
 Lemon slice1 (With Rind)
 Potato1 Large, cubed
 Soy sauce1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Ground black pepper1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Bay leaves2 (Laurel)
 Salt2 Teaspoon

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1566 Calories from Fat 941

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 105 g161.2%

Saturated Fat 36.3 g181.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 299.3 mg

Sodium 4045.7 mg168.6%

Total Carbohydrates 59 g19.6%

Dietary Fiber 8.8 g35.2%

Sugars 14.3 g

Protein 96 g192.4%

Vitamin A 13.5% Vitamin C 102.6%

Calcium 18.4% Iron 64%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. Heat cooking oil in a pan then saute the garlic and onion.
2. Put-in the beef and saute for about 3 minutes or until color turns light brown
3. Add the tomato sauce and water then simmer until the meat is tender. Add water as needed
4. Add the soy sauce, ground black pepper, lemon rind, laurel leaves, and salt then simmer until excess liquid evaporates
5. Put-in the potatoes and cook until the potatoes are soft (about 15 to 25 minutes)
6. Place in a serving plate then serve hot with rice. Share and Enjoy!

Editors Review

This video is in Filipino. But the video is going to hold you as the beef is cooked into a delicious looking dish. Chef here is making a curry called Beef Mechado using few simple ingredients from the kitchen. It’s the cooking method that makes all the difference. The beef is first browned and then slow cooked in tomato sauce and flavored with garlic and dried bay leaf. The red color of the dish will sure to compel you try this recipe.