Beef afritada is a variation of the popular Chicken Afritada which is a basic Filipino tomato based chicken stew. Instead of chicken, you use beef. Basic ingredients include potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes. Unlike Chicken Afritada the only drawback about using beef is the time it takes to prepare. Basically it takes longer for beef to become tender than chicken or pork. So most of the time is spent continuously cooking the beef in medium heat until it becomes tender. I highly recommend using a pressure cooker if you want to decrease cooking time, it can really help.
Beef Afritada is a well known Filipino recipe that’s mostly cooked during special occasions, especially during “Fiesta”, a religious festival, or any event marked by festivities or celebration. In my home town this is one of the best dishes to serve during Fiesta. I asked my mother to teach me how to cook this dish, so today this is my version of Beef Afritada. Enjoy.
2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1 to 1½ inch cubes
1 pc. green bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 pc. red bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 pcs. medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 pc. large carrot, peeled, cut into cubes
2 cups crushed tomatoes or canned tomatoes
1 pc. small onion, peeled, chopped
2 to 3 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
1 tbsp. fish sauce
2 – 3 cups water
¼ cup cooking oil
1 tsp.salt or salt to taste
½ tsp. pepper or pepper to taste
Heat cooking oil in a pan over medium heat.
Sautée potatoes and carrots turning once or twice until slightly brown.
Remove the potatoes and carrots from pan and drain on paper towels and set aside.
Add bell peppers in the pan and cook for about 40 to 60 seconds, remove from pan and drain on paper towels then set aside.
Left at least 2 tbsp. of cooking oil in the pan. Add beef and sauté for about 1 to 2 mins. or until slightly brown. Add another tbsp. of oil if needed.
Add onions and garlic and cook, stir regularly, until limp. Add the beef, add the fish sauce and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes.
Add crushed tomatoes or canned tomatoes and water, and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and cook for about 1½ to 2 hours or until beef is tender.
Add potatoes and carrots and continue to cook for about 10 to 15 mins. or until potatoes and carrots are tender and sauce is thickened and reduced.
Add bell peppers and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until bell peppers are tender but crisp and season with salt and pepper to taste.
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