Lutong Pinoy Recipes

Beef Afritada

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Probably one of the most common misconceptions we have with Filipino food is that dealing with beef involves a lot of process and takes long time. While the cooking time might be true, the complexity of cooking beef isn’t entirely true.

Here is a very simple and easy beef recipe that Filipinos love. BEEF AFRITADA is a lutong Pinoy recipe that is perfect for a family dinner or for a fiesta dish!

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What You Need

  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut in quarters
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut in cubes
  • ½ green bell pepper, seeded and cut in 1-inch cubes
  • ½ red bell pepper, seeded and cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 1 kg beef chuck, cut in 1 ½-inch cubes
  • 1 small minced onion
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp patis (fish sauce)
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste

What To Do

  1. Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add potatoes and carrots and cook, turning on all sides until they are lightly brown. Remove from pan and drain of excess oil.
  2. Cook bell peppers next for about 30-45 seconds and remove from pan. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Leave about 2 tablespoons of oil and cook beef for 1-2 minutes each side or until lightly brown. REMEMBER: Do not overcrowd the pan and cook in batches to avoid undercooking the beef. Remove from pan when don and keep warm.
  4. If needed, add oil and sauté onions and garlic. Add beef and fish sauce. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Pour the crushed tomatoes and water. Stir and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook for 1-2 hours or until beef is tender with the lid on.
  6. Add potatoes and carrots and cook for about 7-10 minutes until they are tender and the sauce has thickened and reduced. Then, add bell peppers and cook for another minute or two.
  7. Adjust the taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot.