Beef Afritada (Afritadang Baka)
Beef afritada is a variation of the popular chicken afritada. Which is a basic Filipino tomato based chicken stew. Instead of chicken, you use beef. Actually, afritada is the easiest compared to other Filipino tomato based stew like menudo, caldereta or mechado.
So I bet this beef afritada is an easy dish for you to prepare if you are scared to cook beef caldereta or beef mechado. Or this dish could be a good excuse if you made a mistake while cooking beef mechado because you didn’t follow the recipe and someone ask you what are you cooking? then just smile and say “It’s beef afritada!”.
- ½ kilo beef, cut into chunks
- 3 Tbsp cooking oil
- 5 cloves minced garlic
- 1 pc onion, chopped
- 2 pcs tomatoes, chopped
- ½ cup red and green bell peppers, cut into strips
- 1 pc beef broth cube
- ⅛ cup tomato sauce
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 pc carrots, slice into wedges
- 2 medium size potatoes, quartered
- 3 pcs bay leaves
- Fish sauce to taste
- Ground black pepper to taste
- In a pot, boil the beef chunks in water, just enough to cover the meat. Cook until tender.
- Remove the beef chunks from the broth and set aside. Save the broth.
- In a saucepan, heat some cooking oil and saute garlic until fragrant.
- Then add onions and tomatoes. Saute until tender. Add the red and green bell peppers.
- Add in the beef cubes and mix well. Pour tomato sauce then followed by the beef broth. Mix well.
- Add the carrots, potatoes and the bay leaves. Season with patis or fish sauce and ground pepper.
- Simmer until the potatoes are tender. Add more broth if sauce becomes too dry while cooking. Serve hot.