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Beef Afritada

Beef afritada is a Filipino stew made of potatoes, carrots and bell peppers cooked in fresh tomato sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4 people


  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 piece potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 1 piece carrot peeled and cut into cubes
  • ½ piece green bell pepper seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ½ piece red bell pepper seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 pounds beef chuck cut into 2- inch cubes
  • 1 piece onion peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste


  • In a skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add potatoes and carrots and cook, turning once or twice until lightly browned. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
  • Add bell peppers and cook for about 30 to 45 seconds. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
  • Remove oil from the pan except for about 2 tablespoons. Increase heat to medium-high heat. Add beef and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, turn and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Do not overcrowd the pan, cook in batches as needed. Remove from heat and keep warm.
  • Add another tablespoon of oil if needed. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring regularly until softened.
  • Add beef.
  • Add fish sauce and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add crushed tomatoes and water and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and cook for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until beef is tender.
  • See further instructions: Kawaling Pinoy or reference cooking video below


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