Beef Mechado Recipe

Beef Mechado is a type of stew with tomato sauce. This dish is somewhat similar to other Filipino dishes such as the Kaldereta (caldereta), Estofada (or Estofado), and as well as the Afritada because of the base ingredient used (which is tomato sauce).  If we look closely, there are differences (aside from the name :) )such as the manner of cooking or preparation and ingredients used.I enjoy eating tomato based dishes especially if beef is used. However, the time needed to tenderize the meat tests my patience. Good thing I was able to buy a reliable pressure cooker to solve my problem. I acknowledge the fact that slow cooked meals are still the best but sometimes we need to improvise our cooking methods to suit our busy world.Try this Beef Mechado Recipe.

Beef Mechado

Recipe: Mechado


  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 piece large onion, sliced
  • 2 lbs beef chuck,cubed
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 slice lemon with rind
  • 1 piece large potato, cubed
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 pcs. bay leaves (laurel)
  • salt to taste

Cooking Procedure

  1. Heat cooking oil in a pan then saute the garlic and onion.
  2. Put-in the beef and saute for about 3 minutes or until color turns light brown
  3. Add the tomato sauce and water then simmer until the meat is tender. Add water as needed
  4. Add the soy sauce, ground black pepper, lemon rind, laurel leaves, and salt then simmer until excess liquid evaporates
  5. Put-in the potatoes and cook until the potatoes are soft (about 15 to 25 minutes)
  6. Place in a serving plate then serve hot with rice. Share and Enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 6


  1. luis castillo says:

    i loVE it……

  2. Anytime I need a filipino recipe I always tune in to your videos on youtube.
    It always comes out tasting the way I think they should taste..similar to my moms cooking=)
    this was my first time making mechado and the youtube tutorial
    was very helpful! I did not have lemon handy tho, so to improvise I just added a tad of
    concentrated calamansi, and it turned out very well..thank you for all your recipes!

  3. desiree says:

    So yummy… thank you for sharing your expertise to us!

  4. hi chef! thanks so much for this website and for all your recipes! i am not a gifted cook so i really have to cook “by-the-book” but watching your videos gives me the confidence of natural cooks like my Mom, Ate and Kuya! your effort and generosity is very much appreciated! God bless you!

  5. I tried this recipe today and it was DELICIOUS!! That slice of lemon made the HUGE difference. Love it!

  6. Hello,
    Thanks for this recipe. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I usually dread to cook sauce-based food. Now that I saw your video, I’ll go ahead and give it a try. 😉

  7. I tried this recipe last night using ground pork since that was all I had. The addition of lemon is wonderful idea. This will be a regular dish for us. Thank you so much for this recipe and your YouTube videos too. I am a visual person so I really do appreciate the videos! Keep up the good work.

  8. chelle says:

    Hi, I’m just wondering kung ano po yung type nun beef na madaming litid? Litid makes caldereta/mechado even more tastier. Natry ko na po yung ibang type ng beef and it’s kind of dry. thanks! :)

  9. I normally don’t cook but you inspire me and motivate me to do it…I have tried some of your recipes and I have been successful…thanks

  10. Pare naglalagay kba nang MSG?

  11. hi,

    i must say this site is very impressive. thank you very much. i have not tried yet the recipes but i surely will because i love filipino foods. i am away from the philippines and its really hard to live away from the filipino foods that our relative and family or from the restaurant prepares.

    so again thanks. i will start with the beef mechado and later on the rest of the recipes..

    more power to you.

  12. Wow Bro, Thnx for sharing ur recipies i enjoyed all the dishes specially ur pulutan recipe. Now all my friends hangs-out at my crib just to taste ur delicious beef mechado and sisig. More power to you and God bless.

    Reno, Nv

  13. Thanks so much for your delicious recipes. Thanks to this website I’ve saved so much money by cooking at home. I love it!

  14. gerry fancobit says:

    mrming slmt s mga taong k tulad mo n di mrmot magbigy ng mga recepies ng mga ibat ibng pagkain pilipino!mabuhay k kbyan.God bless.

  15. nene p. says:

    shalom from israel. today is my 50th birthday. so i decided to have a small celebration 2gether w/ my friends. all the foods that i cooked came all from ur site “panlasang pinoy”. i served them w/ snigang n baboy, adobong baboy w/c i also included chicken, gnataang tilapia and of course the mechadong baka. all my friends luv the mechado coz of different taste.maybe bcoz of the lemon rind.but believe me, i told them i got all the recipes from u.they all have high praises for u for what your doing and giving useful informations to us. kudos goes also to your wife.i’m an avid follower of ur site.thank you so much and GOD bless….

  16. one more thing nga pala they ven ask the recipe. Also i give them this website…

  17. tokyo7 says:

    wow! your dishes are simply amazing and for sure, utterly delicious as well =)
    thank you and more dishes to come!

  18. theresa memita says:

    i love to visit ur site…
    esp f we have up coming occasion at home…
    you really help me a lot’s tnxs

  19. Looks delicious and I like the addition of lemon, which I’ll have to try!

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