Mechado

Mar 12

Mechado is a usual stew served in our dinner table. Traditionally, it is cooked with beef briskets, potatoes, pimiento (red bell peppers), and tomatoes. It is similar to a beef stew, with elements of Filipino ingredients such as patis. I don’t use patis so that’s out of the question. Here is the recipe:

1 kilo beef (strip of fat inserted)
1 heaping teaspoon peppercorn
3 cups water
1/3 cup vinegar
1 bay leaf or laurel leaf
1 big onion, sliced
5 cloves garlic crushed
1 red pepper, in strips
1/4 cup green peas
1 tomato, cubed
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 slices bread, cut to crouton sizes or cubed
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cooking oil

1. Soak the bread slices in soy sauce. Set aside.

2. In a casserole, put beef. Add vinegar, pepper corn, bay leaf and water. Cover; boil until meat is tender. It should look golden brown and cooked.

3. Fry mechado in cooking oil.

4. Add sugar little by little. Then add bread slices soaked previously in soy sauce.

5. When mixture has dried up a bit, strain broth from casserole and add to mixture. Garnish with red pepper, peas and tomatoes.

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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (356 Posts)

Noemi, Editor of Blog Watch and features editor of Philippine Online Chronicles is a 55 year old mother to three kids and is married to Atty. Luis H. Dado. She loves being a full time mother and homemaker after retiring as a Researcher/Consultant from the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in 1987. Now that her children are all college graduates, she devotes her time to grief support, blogging, new media events and using her blogs to promote online advocacies. Her personal blog is at aboutmyrecovery.com, which garnered numerous awards such as Best Website, Blog Category during the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awards. Her blog also won in the Blog- Personal Category of the DigitalFilipino.com Web Awards 2007 and Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging) 2007 Philippine Blog Award. Globe also recognized her as Digital Elder in the 2009 Philippine Blog Award.


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  • cielo

    hello ms. noemi,
    this seems like a good mechado recipe. i can only cook mechado using those instant sauces, but i will try making my own using your recipe.
    just curious though, what are the bread slices for?
    thanks.