Mechado - Filipino Beef Stew | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Comfort food at its best. Tender beef, hearty potatoes and vegetables in a tomato based stew.

Simple Sundays | Mechado Filipino Beef Stew

Mechado - Filipino Beef Stew | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Comfort food at its best. Tender beef, hearty potatoes and vegetables in a tomato based stew.
Simple Sundays | Mechado Filipino Beef Stew

Comfort in the form of a hearty stew can be found in nearly every country’s cuisine, and the Philippines is no different. Mechado, Filipino beef stew, is the Philippine’s version of the ubiquitous comfort food with a wonderful depth of flavor that comes from browned garlic, marinated beef, and the complex flavors of patis, or fish sauce.

Mechado - Filipino Beef Stew | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Comfort food at its best. Tender beef, hearty potatoes and vegetables in a tomato based stew.

When I first started dating my husband, our mutual friend clued me in — he’s a “beef and potatoes man,” she said. I knew in an instant that Mechado would be the first dish I would cook for him. In my little apartment, on that tiny little stove, I made my ultimate stick-to-your-ribs comfort dish. It seemed very appropriate for that early autumn day in the midwest, with familiar flavors, no matter where you were from.

Fourteen years of marriage later, and I think I made the right choice.

When the weather turns, Mechado comes back in rotation, and the other day, I felt it was time. It was the kind of day I wish I could just stay in and do nothing. Doing nothing is hardly ever an option, but a hearty stew helps. Low and slow, braising chunks of beef into fork tender morsels with chunks of potatoes is my idea of fall cooking, don’t you agree?

Mechado - Filipino Beef Stew | www.kitchenconfidante.com | When you're craving stick to your ribs comfort food, make this Filipino stew.

Mechado - Filipino Beef Stew  www.kitchenconfidante | Comfort in the form of a hearty stew can be found in nearly every country’s cuisine, and the Philippines is no different. Mechado is the Philippine version of the ubiquitous comfort food with a wonderful depth of flavor that comes from browned garlic, marinated beef, and the complex flavors of patis, or fish sauce.

Mechado Filipino Beef Stew

Serves 4

Comfort in the form of a hearty stew can be found in nearly every country’s cuisine, and the Philippines is no different. Mechado is the Philippine version of the ubiquitous comfort food with a wonderful depth of flavor that comes from browned garlic, marinated beef, and the complex flavors of patis, or fish sauce.
When I first started dating my husband, having heard that he was a “beef and potatoes man,” I knew in an instant that Mechado would be the first dish I would cook for him. Over ten years of marriage later, and I think I made the right choice.

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs beef for stew

juice of half a lemon

1/4 cup of good dark soy sauce (I like Silver Swan, found in Asian markets)

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

3 tablespoons of canola oil

3 cloves of garlic, minced or crushed

1 medium onion, diced

1 teaspoon patis (fish sauce)

1 cup tomato sauce

1 1/2 cups water

several dashes of Tabasco

2-3 cups beef stock

2 bay leaves

1 red bell pepper, sliced

2 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2 inch chunks

2 carrots, peeled and chopped in 2 inch pieces

kosher salt

 

freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Marinate beef in soy sauce, lemon, and black pepper for at least 30 minutes. 

Brown garlic in oil, set aside. Brown beef, working in batches if necessary (reserve the marinade). Return beef to pot, add onions and season with patis. When the onions are wilted, add tomato sauce and water and stir. After about two minutes, add Tabasco, beef stock, 2 tablespoons of reserved marinade, bay leaves and bell pepper. Let come to a boil, then lower heat to simmer. Add reserved garlic. Let it stew for several hours, stirring occasionally. When meat is tender, add potatoes and carrots. Continue cooking until the potatoes are fork tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve over rice.

Comments

  1. Valerie

    This stew looks amazing! I love the idea of soy sauce and serving it over rice – I will have to try this recipe soon. 
    I have a hearty beef stew that I usually make, but it might be time for a change. :)
    Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      Thanks, Valerie! The soy sauce does add so much flavor to the stew – I hope you try this favorite of mine!

    • Liren Baker

      Yes, absolutely, Shereen. I used to use just water, but I do like how the flavor is richer when I use beef stock. If you use water, then you may have to adjust your seasoning a touch – try tweaking it with a bit of soy sauce and/or fish sauce, and you should be fine! Let me know how it works out!

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