Easy Beef Mechado Filipino Beef Stew Recipe

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This Filipino Beef Stew called Beef Mechado is cooked low and slow on the stovetop using tomato sauce as the base. It is simmered with vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and bell peppers. This hearty and delicious dish will be your go-to whenever you are craving comfort food. At 439 calories per serving, this recipe is healthy and kid-approved too! Oh, and did I mention that it is also a One-Pot Meal?! I just did!


  • Marinate the meat for 30 minutes (If you're pressed for time, this step is optional, and can totally be skipped altogether.) Cover and simmer the beef mixture for 30 minutes.

  • Add water or beef broth, then lower the heat to medium-low, and continue to simmer, covered for 1 ½ to 2 hours or until meat is tender.

  • During the final 30 minutes, add carrots and potatoes to the meat. Cook until fork-tender.

  • Add bell peppers and cover. The steam from the dish will cook the bell peppers.


  • Serve with steamed white rice.
  • Other cuts of beef to use for Beef Mechado are: chuck, bone-in short rib, sirloin, oxtail, briskets or shanks make delicious mechado!
  • Cook slow and low and be sure to periodically check the dish and stir frequently to keep it from scorching.
  • For a gluten-free option: use coconut aminos or tamari sauce instead of soysauce.
  • To make this dish spicy serve with Giardiniera or hot sauce on the side.


Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 707mg | Potassium: 830mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2949IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 4mg

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