- 1 lb beef cut into chunks
- 3 tbsp cooking oil
- 5 cloves minced garlic
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 3/4 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1/2 cup red and green bell peppers, cut into strips
- 1 pc beef broth cube
- 1 oz tomato sauce
- 1 oz water
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1-1/2 cup chopped potatoes
- 3 pcs bay leaves
- Fish sauce or soy sauce to taste
- Ground black pepper to taste
- Cook the beef chunks in water until it is tender.
- Set the beef chunks aside and dump the water.
- On the same saucepan, heat some cooking oil.
- Sauté the garlic, followed by the onion and tomatoes.
- Add the red and green bell peppers.
- Add the beef broth cube.
- Add the cooked beef chunks. Mix well.
- Put the tomato sauce followed by the water. Mix well.
- Add the carrots and potatoes, then the bay leaves.
- Season with fish sauce or soy sauce and ground black pepper.
- Simmer until the potatoes are tender.
- Serve with steamed rice.
Beef afritada is another popular Pinoy recipe. It is so popular that you can buy or order this at any carinderia. And of course, every cook in the Philippines has their own version of this Pinoy recipe. This is basically beef cooked in tomato sauce with some vegetables. Beef afritada is fairly easy to make and is quite delicious. You can actually use pork or chicken instead of beef, whichever is available or cheaper. I used beef because that was what’s available.
I really like the color of the cooked beef afritada. The combination of red and green resembles the colors of December. You can also add green peas if you want. I did not include it on this recipe because I did not have it at that time. You can modify this recipe according to you preference. My aunt would use soy sauce instead of fish sauce and would always come out good. But I always use fish sauce because that’s what I prefer.
Some Pinoy cooks would use cornstarch to thicken the sauce. But on this Pinoy recipe of beef afritada, I did not have to use cornstarch because the sauce has thickened by itself by just simmering it on low heat for quite a long time, let say approximately 20 minutes. Others would also pre-fry the potatoes to give it a nice effect, but I was just too lazy to do that. But if you prefer to do that, you have to add the pre-fried potatoes lastly. You also have to simmer the beef afritada for quite a long time to lock in the flavor of the mixture to the beef chunks before adding the pre-fried potatoes.