Filipino Beef Mechado - One Of The Most Incredible Stews You Will EVER Try

Impulsive Culinarian’s Filipino Beef Mechado Recipe

Stew Ingredients
  • 2 Yellow Bell Peppers
  • 1 head Garlic Cloves
  • 2 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 pounds Chuck Beef, trimmed & cut into rustic chunks
  • 2 tbsp Dairy Free Margarine
  • 1 large Spanish Onion, peeled, quartered, thinly sliced
  • 1 large Carrot, peeled, long matchstick cut
  • 1 cup full-bodied Red Wine
  • 2 Bay Leaves


Tomato Sauce Ingredients
  • 4 large Tomatoes, peeled & seeded
  • 1 overripe Banana
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 Garlic Clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Sriracha Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 ounce Rum
  • 1/2 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  • Set broiler to maximum
  • Core & trim yellow peppers into flat slices
  • Place sliced peppers skin side up on a foil-lined baking sheet
  • Broil peppers in the top-most oven rack for around 8 minutes until skin blisters and is nicely blackened
  • Let cool for 5 minutes then transfer roasted peppers to an air-tight container and set aside
  • Turn off broiler and set the oven to 400°
  • Carefully cut the top off your head of garlic
  • Place the head of garlic in an oven-safe ramekin or small baking dish with sides
  • Drizzle olive oil over each exposed clove
  • Cover with foil and bake in the center rack for 1 hour
  • In a medium sauce pan, warm the vegetable broth on a back burner, then cover & simmer over low heat until needed
  • Peel & seed the tomatoes
  • Transfer the tomatoes and banana to a food processor, then blitz until smooth
  • In another medium sauce pan, warm the coconut oil over medium-low heat
  • Add finely chopped shallot & ginger to the coconut oil and saute, stirring frequently until softened, around 5 minutes
  • Add finely chopped garlic clove to the sauce pan and saute for another 2 minutes
  • Increase to medium, then add the pureed tomatoes & banana to the shallots, ginger & garlic
  • Add sriracha, sugar and rum to the tomato sauce
  • Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low
  • Partially cover the sauce to avoid splattering while still allowing moisture to escape and let simmer for 1 hour
  • Peel and the roasted peppers and slice into long matchstick sized pieces
  • Trim the chuck beef if required and cut into approximately 1 1/2″ rustic chunks
  • Season the beef generously with salt & pepper
  • Warm a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat
  • Add olive oil to the dutch oven
  • Brown the beef chunks in small batches then set aside in a clean bowl
  • Reduce the heat of your Dutch oven to medium, add margarine, Spanish onion & carrots, stirring frequently to de-glaze the pan
  • When the carrots & onions just start to brown and are tender (around 6 to 8 minutes), add red wine and let simmer for 5 minutes
  • Add thickened tomato sauce to the Dutch oven
  • Return beef and any drippings to the Dutch oven
  • Add sliced peppers to the Dutch oven
  • Carefully pluck out the roasted garlic cloves and add them to the stew
  • Gently stir to combine
  • Add just enough of the warm vegetable broth to completely submerge all of your beef cubes, pressing them down if necessary
  • Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to the lowest possible setting
  • Add the bay leaves, cover and let simmer for 3 hours
  • Remove the bay leaves and serve over steamed rice with a sprinkling of chopped green onions


Incredibly delicious Filipino beef mechado in a luxurious sauce made from unusual ingredients!

Incredibly delicious Filipino beef mechado in a luxurious sauce made from unusual ingredients!


Time-Consuming? Yes … Worth IT? OMG YES!

Certainly unconventional, definitely lots of time spent on prep, and you will end up using a lot of pots there is no doubt! But, I can say with wholehearted conviction that this is absolutely one of the best beef stews I have ever had in my entire life and I highly recommend you set aside time at least one weekend in your life to give it a try and see for yourself why I am so passionately excited about this incredible dish. My love for Filipino cooking increases with every new dish I try, might just have to visit one day!


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