|Place of origin||Philippines|
|Region or state||Popular in the Philippines, Luzon (Southern Tagalog)|
|Main ingredients||Goat /mutton shoulders, corn oil, onion, garlic, carrots, bell pepper, potatoes, chili, flour, liver spread, tomato paste, butter, stock (beef or brown)|
|Variations||Beef, pork, chicken|
|Similar dishes||Afritada, Menudo|
Kaldereta or caldereta is a goat meat stew from the Philippines. Variations of the dish use beef, chicken, or pork.
Commonly, the goat meat is stewed with vegetables and liver paste. Vegetables may include tomatoes, potatoes, olives, bell peppers, and hot peppers. Kaldereta sometimes includes tomato sauce.
Caldereta's name is derived from the Spanish word caldera meaning cauldron. The dish is similar to meat stews from the Iberian Peninsula and was brought to the Philippines by the Spaniards during their 300-year occupation of the Philippines.
It also has its similarities with afritada and mechado that it uses tomatoes, potatoes, carrots and bell peppers as its ingredients.
Kaldereta is served during special occasions, parties, and festivities.
Start by heating around 1/4 cup of cooking oil in a stock pot.
Cook onion, garlic and goat meat, beef or chicken and sauté until the meat is browned.
For beef, a pressure cooker can be used to tenderize the meat faster before sautéing. This method can shorten tenderization by half rather than cooking via the stove top method.
For goat meat, extra procedures are required compared to other meats as it can be gamy. To prevent this, the meat is marinated in vinegar, salt and ground black pepper at least an hour before cooking.
For chicken, marinating the meat with pineapple juice and soy sauce can boost its flavor.
Add in tomato sauce, bay leaf, salt, sugar and water to the pot and simmer for 1 hour and a half to 2 hours.
When the meat is tender enough, the bell pepper, potato, carrot and hot sauce can be added and the whole mixture is to be simmered for an additional 10 minutes.
Lastly, the liver paste and green peas are stirred in the mixture and is simmered for another 5 minutes.
Green olives may be added to provide a nice sour flavor to complement the other ingredients.
Garnish with shredded cheese on top of the stew and serve with rice.