Beef Mechado

BEEF MECHADO- this dish is a type of stew with tomato sauce and somewhat similar to other Filipino dishes such as the caldereta, Estofada (or Estofado), and as well as the Afritada because of the base ingredient used which is tomato sauce. Vegetables that are used to this dish are potato, carrots and bell pepper.



  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 piece large onion, sliced
  • 500 grams beef chuck,cubed
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon msg
  • 1 beef broth cube
  • 2 pieces bay leaves (laurel)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 piece medium potato, cubed
  • 1 medium carrots, cubed
  • 1 green or red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cheese
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • salt to taste (Just add to your taste preference)


1. Heat cooking oil in a pressure cooker 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 soysauce, black ground pepper, msg, beef broth cube, bay leaf and water then pressure cooked for 30-45 minutes (under medium heat) until the meat is tender.

4. Put-in the potatoes, carrots, green and red bell pepper, cheese, brown sugar,  tomato sauce ( just add water if desired) and cook until the vegetables are soft (about 10 to 15 minutes) then simmer until excess liquid evaporates.. Taste it,  add salt just to taste preference.

5. Place in a serving plate then serve hot with rice. Share and Enjoy!