How to Cook Mechado Stew


Mechado is a beef dish that originated from the Philippines. The soy sauce gives this recipe its distinctive taste. This dish is similar to other Filipino dishes such as the Kaldereta and the Estofada. Sometimes it is common to thread pork strips through thick pieces of cheaper lean beef to render them more tender and less dry. However, you can just use beef chunks to create the mechado dish without threading the meat. You can create your very own simple mechado dish for you to enjoy.

Things You'll Need

  • Large pot
  • Cooking oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • Red pepper
  • 4 cubed potatoes
  • 2 lbs. cubed beef
  • Water
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • Add oil to the pot and let it heat. Pour the garlic and onions into the pot. Stir until softened.

  • Add the red pepper and fry until they're cooked. Add potatoes and fry until they're browned.

  • Place cubed beef into the pot. Fry and stir a little bit in the pot. Fill the pot with water until the beef is covered.

  • Cut tomatoes into cubes and add to pot. Add bay leaf.

  • Pour in tomato sauce and mix the ingredients. Pour in soy sauce and add salt and black pepper to taste.

  • Simmer for approximately 30 minutes to an hour.

  • Pour ingredients into a serving dish.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also add calamansi juice as a marinating liquid.
  • Enjoy your favorite wine with your dish. Consult a free online wine listing, such as Hello Vino (, to see what might work best with mechado.

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