Beef Afritada is derived from the Spanish word, fritada which means fried. This is a misnomer since afritada is a meat stew consisting of onions, tomatoes, red bell pepper and potatoes. It is often confused with other tomato-based dishes such as mechado and kaldereta.
Beef Afritada Recipe
- 1 kg beef chunks, (cubed)
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- ½ cup green peas
- 4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced
- 2 laurel leaves
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat wok and pour cooking oil over medium heat. Saute onions and garlic until fragrant.
- Add beef chunks and cook until light brown, about 5-10 minutes. Season with fish sauce, soy sauce. pepper and salt to taste.
- Pour tomato sauce and add 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Then just let it simmer over low heat for about 1 hour.
- Cover your pot and give it a stir occasionally to prevent scorching at the bottom.
- Add the carrots, potatoes, bell pepper, green peas and the remaining tomato sauce.
- Cook until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes more. Continue to simmer (lowest heat) and adjust little water if needed until sauce thickens and beef is already tender.
- Serve and enjoy.
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