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Slow Cooker Beef Kaldereta
with bell peppers / tomatoes / potatoes

Active: 40 min Total: 6 hr 40 min

Kaldereta (or caldereta) is a Filipino stew that is great on its own or served over rice (or another grain). It typically includes a type of liver spread for more rich flavor, but we've taken some liberties (and skipped the spread) for this comforting dish that still has a classic, savory flavor.
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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Slow Cooker Beef Kaldereta:
  • Bell peppers, red - 1, cubed
  • Onions, medium - 1, diced
  • Garlic - 4 cloves, chopped
  • Beef, boneless chuck roast - 1 lb, cubed (sub beef stew meat)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Potatoes, Russet - 8 oz, cubed
  • Tomatoes, Roma - 3, chopped
  • Limes - 1, wedges
  • Stock, any type - 3 cups
  • Tomato paste - 4 Tbsp
  • Olives, green and pitted - 1/2 cup
  • Bay leaves - 1
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Peas, frozen - 3/4 cup
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 2 Tbsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Bell peppers / Onions / Garlic - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Beef - Slice into cubes. Tenderize with a fork and season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and sear on all sides until well-browned, 6 to 8 minutes. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Potatoes / Tomatoes / Limes - Prep as directed.
  5. Slow cook stew - In the bowl of a slow cooker, whisk together stock and tomato paste. Add olives, bay leaf, soy sauce, bell peppers, onions, garlic, beef, potatoes, and tomatoes. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.

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Make

  1. Just before serving, defrost peas in the microwave. Stir peas and vinegar into kaldereta. Taste and season with some salt and pepper or more vinegar if you’d like it more sour.
  2. Divide kaldereta between serving bowls and serve with lime wedges on the side. Enjoy!

Prep

  1. Bell peppers / Onions / Garlic - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Beef - Slice into cubes. Tenderize with a fork and season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Potatoes / Tomatoes / Limes - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven with oil over medium-high heat. Add beef and sear on all sides until well browned. Add bell peppers, onions, and garlic and saute for 3 to 4 minutes to get them started cooking.
  2. Whisk in stock and tomato paste. Add olives, bay leaf, soy sauce, potatoes, and tomatoes.
  3. Cover kaldereta and reduce heat so it stays at a low simmer. Simmer until beef is tender and the flavors have had time to come together, 45 to 50 minutes. (Note: Don’t let the stew boil too vigorously or the meat will be tough. Keeping it at a very low simmer is the key to tender, flavorful meat.)
  4. Just before serving, defrost peas in the microwave. Stir peas and vinegar into kaldereta. Taste and season with some salt and pepper or more vinegar if you’d like it more sour.
  5. Divide kaldereta between serving bowls and serve with lime wedges on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (38)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (7)

29 reviews

I did not care for this. The onions ruined it in my opinion.

By: Marie
Posted: Nov 22, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Interesting, but not a favorite.

By: Chelsea
Posted: Nov 22, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Added an extra pepper in place of the tomatoes. Not bad, but not sure I'd make this again, either.

By: Alyson
Posted: Nov 19, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The photo of the original version of this recipe looks way more appetizing than the lentil vegetarian version turned out. It wasn't bad but definitely not a favorite. Also, needed to add more stock to get the veggies to cook. I think I may be off when guessing how many ounces each potato weighs. I should probably invest in a kitchen scale?

By: Geneva
Posted: Nov 19, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

we loved this, no peas or olives for us and still delicious! I am also adding this note in so I remember- 35 min Manual in Instapot with 20 min natural release.

By: Brittany
Posted: Nov 19, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I was skeptical that I would like this. It was surprised to find that everyone in the family liked it! Leftovers were even better!

By: Catherine
Posted: Nov 18, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
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