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Mechadong Carne (Filipino braised beef)

Mechadong Carne (Filipino braised beef)


It was a cold Friday evening and I was preparing to make dinner.  I wanted some comfort food but I had gone grocery shopping so I scanned my fridge and freezer for what I had.  I had thawed some stewing beefing the night before (you always have to think ahead when you're a mom). I also had red peppers, a little bit of green peppers left, and some potatoes.  Perfect! Just the right ingredients to make filipino comfort food.  Beef Mechado. 

Beef Mechado is slow braised beef with a tomato sauce base.  This is a staple in filipino homes.  Not necessarily the fastest food to make, but it is one of the easiest.  If you have a slow cooker, you just throw all the ingredients in and a few hours later (approx. 4-5 hours) you've got yourself some delicious braised beef ready for consumption. 

Ingredients: 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 piece large onion, sliced 2 lbs beef chuck,cubed 8 ounces tomato sauce 1 cup water 3 tbsp cooking oil 1 slice lemon with rind 1 piece large potato, cubed ¼ cup soy sauce ½ tsp. ground black pepper 2 pcs. bay leaves (laurel) salt to taste


  • Heat cooking oil in a pan then saute the garlic and onion.
  • place the beef and saute for about 3 minutes or until color turns light brown
  • Add the tomato sauce and water then simmer until the meat is tender. approx. 2 hours depending on the quality of the beef. Add water as needed.
  • Add the soy sauce, ground black pepper, lemon rind, bay leaves
  • and salt then simmer and allow the sauce to reduce
  • Add potatoes, red pepper and green pepper and cook until the potato has softened.
  • serve in a serving dish while still hot with your choice of rice.
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