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Filipino Beef Mechado Recipe

Beef Mechado, also called Mechadong Baka, is one of the popular tomato sauce-based dish in the tradition of Philippine cuisine. Other Filipino tomato sauce-based dishes are Menudo, Afritada, Caldereta and Pochero. Aside from their differences in the manners of cooking and ingredients, by general comparison: Afritada, by tradition, is a 'chicken' stewed in tomato sauce; Caldereta, originally, is a 'goat' stew in tomato sauce; Menudo is 'pork' stewed in tomato sauce; and Pochero is a stewed 'beef' in tomato sauce with variety of ingredients including banana, string beans, and leafy vegetables.

Mechado, originated from the Spanish word "mecha" meaning wick, is a beef stew in tomato sauce with strips of pork's back-fat threaded in the beef's meat. To better understand Mechado is to immediately visualize a candle in your mind. The thread, a thin long strand of fiber, in the middle of the candle is the "mecha" or "wick" which represent the strips of pork's fat and the wax of the candle represents the lean meat of the beef.

Though the name "Mechado" is a Spanish word, the dish was invented in the Philippines by the Filipinos during the Spanish colonial time. By influence, it is Spanish, Chinese, and indigenous because Beef Mechado uses tomato sauce that was introduced by Spain when they colonized the Philippines, soy sauce that was introduced by the Chinese during the pre-Spanish colonial period, and indigenous because the dish was developed using the culinary ingenuity of the Filipinos.

One of the challenges in cooking beef is to make it tender and moist because beef is a bit tough to chew. In this Beef Mechado dish, you can see the ingenuity and culinary genius of the Filipinos. As a remedy in solving the problem of toughness of beef, a strips of pork's back-fat is inserted inside the beef's meat. This is done by making a cut or incision in the beef's meat so that the strips of pork's fat can be inserted. The beef's meat with the pork's fat inserted to it, when stewed, will make it more tender and moist.

Over the years, a lot of changes happened to this wonderful Filipino dish. Instead of inserting a strip of pork fat in the beef's meat, lots of folks just buy a cut of lean beef with fat still in it for their Beef Mechado dish. With the invention of pressure cooker, the easiest way to tenderize the beef is to pressurize it.

Nevertheless, Filipino Beef Mechado, when prepared with the tenderness and adequate moisture of the beef, will give you and your family a flavorful and savory feast.

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Beef Mechado Ingredients

Beef Mechado Cooking Preparation

  1. Make a cut of the beef chunks deep enough to insert the strips of pork's fat.
  2. In a bowl, marinate beef chunks in soy sauce, vinegar, and ground black pepper for 30 minutes.
  3. Sauté garlic and onion in a saucepan.
  4. Add the marinated beef and stir-fry until all broth coming out from the meat evaporates.
  5. Sear the beef until it starts to render oil to give extra flavor to your dish.
  6. Add water, stew the beef until tender.
  7. Cook until little broth is left, then add the tomato sauce.
  8. Simmer, then add the potato, carrot, and bay leaves. Lastly, add the bell pepper.
  9. Simmer for few minutes more before serving. Serve hot!



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Comments (20)

Beef Mechado
ang sarap naman e2 thanks a lot
#20 - aurora.flores - 09/24/2015 - 18:44
finally found it!!!
The right taste and aroma i've been looking for in mechado! My husband says it's perfect! Thanks for this recipe. This is absolutely for keeps ;-)
#19 - aileen - 07/26/2015 - 15:45
So good..
#18 - Chiquie - 01/03/2015 - 06:47
food is very delicious
:) :) :) i like it cause that food is my favoriteeeee foodss hahahahah.... xana totoo nlang yan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#17 - EULITO CAPISTRANO - 09/09/2014 - 03:10
i really like mechado, ang saaaraaap...........
#16 - eulito - 09/07/2014 - 05:22
wish me luck sana makuha ang sarap ng recipe mo
#15 - - 05/02/2013 - 23:27
My first time to search this menu because my friend was asking me a favour to cook because she is pregy and she doesn't like any smell.and I try....
#14 - Chloe - 10/27/2012 - 05:11
can i use coriander seeds .how much,thanks
#13 - - 08/29/2012 - 11:44
yhum yhum
yhum yhum ee :))
#12 - jomar - 06/19/2012 - 19:32
I really like this menu i'll always cook this for my family so sarap!!!!-:)
#11 - Luche olmedo - 04/20/2012 - 03:24
:-) I found this site just looking for receipes for my husband, he's filipino and I'm I went looking some I like to eat.So thanks again,Alice
#10 - L.A.Feliciano - 02/02/2012 - 11:44
first time ko rin magluto ng mechado. nahulaan ko naman ung lasa nya.... so,success naman ung dinner.
#9 - - 01/31/2012 - 03:03
Can i use pork insteadof beef?
#8 - Cristy - 01/30/2012 - 04:09
beef mechado
first time i tried and cooked it,it was so so masarap,my little son always ask me for somemore to eat.we like it..thankyou
#7 - .ALICE BROOKS - 11/26/2011 - 19:41
Last time I cooked this, our cousin's from Sydney liked it,.....sarap daw!!! I told them your website so he can learn how to cook.
#6 - Edwin - 10/22/2011 - 05:50
beef mechado
love it love it love itttttttttttt!
#5 - glo - 10/20/2011 - 05:42
;-)so yummy... it is simple but the taste is so excellent,, my daugther love it.. i also tried in pork. thank u for sharing..
#4 - ofelia gonzales - 08/20/2011 - 18:37
recipe and menu..!!!
I like it all recipes and menus,co'z I learned a lot and i knew how to cook,,,,Now, I already accepting an orders from all of my friends...anykind of parties.!!,,,,,
#3 - trina - 04/08/2011 - 12:15
like it!!!
#2 - wanphil - 09/28/2010 - 06:35
Beef Mechado
here's what u need.
#1 - terry - 03/27/2010 - 08:45
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