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Best Beef Mechado Recipe

Beef Mechado is a type of Filipino beef stew. It is cooked in a tomato-based sauce along with potatoes. The sauce can be made from chopped ripe tomato or canned tomato sauce. This dish is prepared mostly during weekends or special occasions.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword Beef Caldereta, Beef Recipes, Best Beef Mechado Recipe, How to cook the Best Filipino Best Mechado
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 226kcal
Cost $5-$20


  • 1 lb Beef chuck cubed
  • 2 pcs Potatoes quartered
  • 1 pc Carrot cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 pc Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 3 pcs Calamansi
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 pc Onion chopped
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt to taste


  • In a bowl, combine the beef with calamansi, soy sauce and crushed black pepper. Marinate for 2 hours. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Sauté garlic and onions. Then, add the beef.
  • After 10 minutes, put the water and tomato sauce. Simmer for 60 to 120 minutes or until the beef is tender.
  • Add the potatoes, carrots, and sugar. Cook for another 5-7 minutes. Then, add the red bell pepper. Stir.
  • Serve while hot and enjoy!


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 1050mg | Potassium: 509mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 189IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 3mg