caldereta: the pinoy spicy stew

I made a special dinner tonight – the widely popular caldereta or spicy beef stew, a classic Filipino food that is next to adobo in terms of prominence.


With a Mama Sita Caldereta Spicy Sauce Mix I got from my friend Luc who got it from a Filipino store in Taipei, I laboured and prepared a truly hearty meal. It took some time to cook it because I had to simmer the meat to make it as tender as possible. Then I just threw in potatoes, carrots, pitted green olives and red bell pepper. The sauce would have been richer and thicker had I used some liver spread.

Caldereta can also be served with lamb, chicken, or get this, goat meat.

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7 Responses to “caldereta: the pinoy spicy stew”


  1. 1 Tita Mely January 11, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    Hi, Mark. You have learned a lot since you left home. Well done. You can open a Pinoy resto there. Take care always. Tita Mely

  2. 2 ie January 12, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    that looks absolutely fantastic. nakakagutom. :)

  3. 3 Mark January 14, 2007 at 1:13 am

    Thanks, tita! That’s one of my dreams, actually. Until then, I need to work my ass for the money. Hehehe.

    Sarap no, ie? Nakakamiss ang pagkaing pinoy.

  4. 4 R*Y A N January 16, 2007 at 12:39 am

    oh my god, mark, you made me hungry!

    i’m gonna make mum cook that tonite. lol.

  5. 5 ~*galenlondeien*~ January 16, 2007 at 4:54 am

    Did Knut like it? Hehe! That looks yummy. The pic made me hungry. ;p

  6. 6 raph January 18, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    the original kaldereta is made with goat meat. in fact, the word for goat in ilocano is “kalding”.

  7. 7 Mark January 18, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    I’m so envious you have your mum to cook it for you, R*yan!

    Yup, Karen, he liked it. He better like it. Hehehe!

    Thanks for that info, Raph!


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