Smoky, saucy, and absolutely scrumptious — these are just a few choice words to describe the famous Filipino stew, caldereta! With its name hailing from the Spanish word for cauldron or pot, caldereta is a timeless classic in any Filipino kitchen. A combination of liver spread and tomato sauce alongside other tasty vegetables make a stew that is overflowing with both texture and flavor. And with the original meat for this dish, goat, you get an out of this world taste that’ll have your mouth watering for more! But fans of this dish will be delighted to find that there’s an even simpler way to enjoy this delicacy. That’s right: switch out your goat meat and try this luncheon meat caldereta out for size!
At this point, some of you may already be scratching your head at the thought of luncheon meat caldereta. But let us be the first to swear that this combination is one you simply can’t miss out on! Chunky cubes of your favorite childhood ulam make the perfect main meat for this flavorful and delicious stew. An easy and affordable alternative, luncheon meat gives you a forever satisfying dish in an easier and much faster way. Your favorite caldereta will never be the same again!
Luncheon Meat Caldereta
Whether it’s your everyday lunch or in anticipation of a family meetup, you can’t go wrong with this hearty and delightful dish. Luncheon meat caldereta is composed of all the components that make up your Filipino favorite, only with a twist in your main protein. Indeed, you still have your potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, and even green peas that make up the dish we all know and love. With the gaminess and distinct liver taste, as well as the bright tomato sauce, just one bite of this meal will surely bring back memories. Even better is when you add sharp and rich cheddar cheese to make your flavors pop even more!
All in all, these tasty components come together to create one tasty meal! And beyond that, it’s just so easy to make, too. What are you waiting for? Let’s try this luncheon meat caldereta out today!
How to Make Luncheon Meat Caldereta
Let’s first prepare all the ingredients for your luncheon meat caldereta. Cut your main meat, CDO Luncheon Meat, into cubes, as well as your potatoes and carrots. Slices 2 bell peppers, chop up 4 cloves of garlic, and shred 2 tablespoons’ worth of cheddar cheese. Once you have all of those settled, you can begin cooking, first with the CDO luncheon meat cubes you sliced. After heating 3 tablespoons of cooking oil in a pan, fry your luncheon meat until it browns on all sides. When you’re satisfied with the shade of your meat, take them off the stove and set them aside.
Next, prepare the rest of your stew. You can use the remaining oil, or add more if you feel like it’s necessary. Sauté your garlic and onion until the latter softens. Then, add your liver spread, and let your caldereta cook for about 30 seconds. With your tomato sauce and water coming in next, bring your stew to a boil before adding your potato and carrot slices. Cover the pan and allow your dish to cook for 10 minutes and really come together.
Add your final ingredients: the green peas, bell peppers, and fried luncheon meat. After stirring and cooking for two last minutes, season your meal with salt and ground black pepper. Just like that, your luncheon meat caldereta is finally ready! Turn the stove off and transfer your dish to a serving bowl for you and your family to enjoy!
What else can I use luncheon meat in apart from luncheon meat caldereta?
With how versatile and common luncheon meat is in every Filipino household, you have to get creative with how you use it! Luncheon meat caldereta is only the tip of the iceberg for what you can do with CDO luncheon meat. Here are a couple of other recipes that you can incorporate this savvy pantry staple in!
Have a lot of leftover rice at home? Fear not; toss your luncheon meat slices in and make any boring old white rice all the more exciting! This fried rice has luncheon meat, eggs, green peas, and green onions that come together and breathe life into your leftovers. You’ll be having scoop after scoop of fried rice and ditching takeout when you find out just how simple it is to make and enjoy this scrumptious meal in itself. Whether you have it with another main course or simply eat it on its own, fried rice is always a delight!
For something a bit on the lighter side, you can’t go wrong with a quiche! Decadent and fluffy, a slice of this tasty treat will feel simultaneously light and filling; it’s incredible! Adding luncheon meat to your dish will cut through the rich, creamy flavors of cheese — making it the perfect combination. You simply can’t go wrong with ham and cheese, right? And with just an hour in the oven, you’ll be able to enjoy this delicious and savory pastry in no time!
Luncheon Meat Caldereta
- Heat cooking oil in a pan. Fry all sides of the cubed CDO Luncheon Meat until it browns. Set aside.
- Using the remaining oil (note: add more oil if needed), saute garlic and onion until the onion softens.
- Add the liver spread. Cook for 30 seconds.
- Pour tomato sauce and water. Let boil.
- Add potato and carrot. Cover the pan. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Add green peas, bell pepper, and fried luncheon meat. Stir. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Season with salt and ground black pepper.