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How To Cook Mechadong Baka (Beef Mechado)

Mechadong baka is beef stew in tomato sauce, potatoes and carrots.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Beef Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: beef mechado, mechadong baka
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Calories: 399kcal
Author: Manny


  • 1 kilo beef cut into bite size pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 pcs potatoes cut into quarters
  • 1 carrot cut into cubes
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice o calamansi juice
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 pc bay leaves or laurel leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • cooking oil


How to Cook Mechadong Baka:

  • When buying the beef, choose the meat with a little tendon. Cut the beef into bite size pieces.
  • On a heavy skillet heat oil and stir fry the beef for a few minutes until it turns light brown. Set aside.
  • On the skillet where you fry the beef, remove excess oil and retain at least 1 tablespoon.
  • Saute garlic and onion until cooked and add the water, lemon juice or calamansi juice, soy sauce, pepper, tomato sauce, laurel leaves, salt and the beef.
  • Simmer in low fire until the meat is tender. Then add the potatoes and carrots.
  • Simmer for a few minutes until the potatoes and carrots are cooked.
  • Tip: it is better to simmer the beef in low fire so the meat will release it's flavor.