If you want to cook mechado with an easy preparation, you can use the Mechado mix that can be bought in Filipino stores. This mix tastes good like you are cooking the food with the recipe below. Thanks to Filipinofoodrecipes.net for this recipe. Hubby likes this and you should try it.
1 kilo of beef cut into chunks
1/8 kilo of pork fat cut into strips
4 onions, peeled and quartered
5 medium potatoes, quartered (optional: fried)
1 medium sized carrot, sliced in 1/2" sections
2 red bell pepper, sliced
2 cups beef stock or 2 bouillon cubes dissolved in water
3 bay leaves (laurel leaves)
1/4 -cup vinegar
2 cups tomato sauce or 1/2 cup tomato paste
1 cup soy sauce
salt & pepper to taste
Mechado Cooking Instructions:
Cut an incision on the beef chunks and insert a pork strip in the middle (mitsa)
In a casserole, combine the beef (with the fat), tomato sauce, soy sauce, bay leaves and beef stock. Bring to a boil and simmer until the beef is almost tender
Add the vinegar and let boil for a minute or two
Add the potatoes, onions, carrot, and bell pepper
Let simmer until potatoes and carrots are cooked - occasionally stir to thicken sauce
Serve hot with white rice
Beef Mechado Cooking Tips:
Pressure cook the beef with the beef stock for faster cooking time.
Fry the potatoes before adding to the casserole.
Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil and stir when the mechado dish is almost done for added flavor.