I used to be intimidated by Caldereta. It seemed so complicated. I’ll tell you why.
In the olden days…
Growing up, we would always have these family parties and gatherings at home. Aunts and Uncles would come over early to help with the preparations. Food were always made from scratch. And I mean no short cuts!
You need chicken? Pork? Beef? Goat? They buy them alive and slaughter them at home. Morbid, I know. But that was tradition … something that was not passed on to the next generation. I don’t know, we just can’t do it. We also did not use gas stoves when cooking. Not that we don’t have stoves, the older generation just prefer cooking with firewood. They say it adds flavor. Complicated, right?
Anyway … back to Caldereta.
I didn’t eat Caldereta growing up because I associate it with goat. My uncles cooked Caldereta with goat meat and made it extra spicy for their “pulutan“. It was only later on that I realised that you can cook Caldereta with anything other than goat. 😛
Fast forward to now
Being an expat for almost 15 years, I’ve learned to make shortcuts because we don’t always have the luxury of time. Back home, we were taught not to use instant mixes or other powdered add ons. You need to cook it “proper”. But in Dubai, I have not time for “proper”. I need to cook quick without compromising the taste. Good thing there’s Mama Sita’s mixes and sauces available in almost every grocery stores.
Easy Beef Caldereta using Mama Sita’s Mix
- 1 Kg Beef, cubed
- 1 C Potatos, peeled and cubed
- 1 C Carrots, cubed
- 1 Pc Bell Pepper, cubed
- 1/2 C Green Peas
- 2 C Water
- 3 Tbsp Cooking Oil
- 1 Pouch Mama Sita's Caldereta Mix
- Grated Cheese (optional)
- On a hot pan, sear the meat to seal in the flavor
- Transfer to slow cooker or crock pot (If not using a slow cooker, use a sauce pot/pan)
- Add water and leave for about 2-3 hours on high, stir occasionally until meat is tender (if not using slow cooker, simmer until meat is tender)
- Add Mama Sita's Caldereta Mix, Potatoes, and Carrots. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
- Add green peas and let it sit in heat until everything is cooked.
- Add grated cheese on top to make the sauce a bit thicker.
- Slow cookers take time. We usually leave the meat in the cooker at night and add the other ingredients the next morning.
- The sauce doesn't "reduce" when using slow cooker so you might have to add something to thicken the sauce or let it simmer without the lid.
- Mama Sita's mix is complete, no need for additional seasonings. However, you can adjust according to your taste.
- Ps. I forgot to put my green peas so make sure you remember to put yours! Ha Ha!
Disclaimer: We were contacted by Mama Sita’s PR team to feature the products. However we are already users of Mama Sita’s and all opinions are mine and remains uninfluenced.