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Mechadong Baka (Filipino Beef Mechado)

Mechadong Baka (Filipino Beef Mechado)

Servings 4


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 pound stew beef (chuck, round), cut into¬†1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons calamansi or lemon juice
  • 2-4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large potato peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 carrot peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Steamed rice for serving


  • In a large pot, drizzle the oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add the garlic and cook until just fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on all sides.
  • Add the water, tomato sauce, calamansi juice, soy sauce, and bay leaves. Stir to combine and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours.
  • Add the potato and carrot. Continue to cook until the vegetables are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice.