Pork Kaldereta is a Filipino meat stew in tomato sauce. It is similar to Afritada and Mechado and. Oftentimes Filipinos are confused which is which because they almost have the same ingredients.
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:60 mins
Total Time:1 hour 15 mins
1 kilo of pork belly
250 grams original style tomato sauce
1 medium sized onion, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 large potatoes, cut into bite sized cubes
1 large carrot, cut into bite sized cubes
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
4 cups of water
230 grams of liver spread
1 tsp Spanish paprika (or more as needed)
2 tbsp of sugar
35 grams cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Heat cooking oil in a casserole. About 2 tbsp. You can use a saute pan or a pot. Just make sure it is deep enough to fit all the ingredients.
Fry the carrots for about 3 minutes. Do not worry if you think it’s not cooked well. Because we will add these back to the stew and that will help soften the carrots more. Remove it from the pot and put it in a colander to strain excess oil.
Next is to fry the potatoes for 3 minutes. It is just the same process as the carrots. Remove it from the pot and let it sit on a colander to strain excess oil.
And then saute the minced garlic for 15 to 20 seconds. Add the onions and saute together for 30 seconds. Stir occasionally to prevent it from burning.
Add the pork. Fry this for 20 minutes or until it turned brown.
When the pork has turned brown, stir in the tomato sauce until it blends well with the pork and then pour 4 cups of water. Let it boil and simmer for 20 minutes or until the meat is tender enough where you can easily pinch it with a fork.
Add liver spread and stir for a minute.
Put the bell peppers. Simmer this for another 10 minutes to make the pork more tender and flavorful.
Add 2 tbsp of sugar to give it a slight sweet taste.
Add 1 tsp of Spanish paprika to give it a spicy sweet and smoky flavor You can add 1 tsp more if you like a strong spicy flavor.
Add salt and ground pepper according to how you like it.
Taste the dish and adjust the seasoning according to your liking.
Add the carrots and potatoes. Stir it in for 3 minutes. And then add shredded cheese to give it a creamy flavor. Stir for another minute.
And we’re done! Serve pork kaldereta with hot white rice.
You can use red chili or chili powder instead of paprika to spiced your kaldereta. Just be careful with the amount, you don’t want your kaldereta to be too spicy.
If you like the sweetness of Filipino style tomato sauce you can definitely use that.