Classic Mechado Recipe

An old favorite for when you need a hearty meal.

Preparation Time

15 min.

Cooking Time

4 hrs. and 15 mins.

Serving Size



Beef Mechado, also known as Mechadong Baka is the ultimate comfort food for many Filipino families. Here's a classic beef mechado recipe that's easy to cook in your home kitchen! Everyone will love the combination of tender beef and vegetables in a rich and hearty mechado sauce made with Del Monte Tomato Sauce!




  • Main Dish
  • Beef
  • Del Monte Tomato Sauce



  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp DEL MONTE Red Cane Vinegar (47cl)
  • 1/2 tsp peppercorn

  • 1 kg beef, round
  • 200 g pork fat
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 5 pcs sibuyas Tagalog/shallots
  • 1 pc bay leaf/laurel leaf
  • 2 pouches DEL MONTE Original Style Tomato Sauce (200g)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup bell pepper, red
  • 2 cups potato


  1. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade.
  2. Make a hole at the center of the meat. It should be deep enough to insert the pork fat. Marinate in the chiller for 30 minutes.
  3. Drain the meat but reserve the marinade. Set aside.
  4. Insert pork fat in the hole, making sure to have 1-2 inch overhang on both ends of the meat.

Lusog Notes

This classic dish contains iron needed for making red blood cells that carry oxygen around the body. It also has vitamin A that helps resist infections and maintains healthy skin.

Chef`s Tip

When cooking the mechado, turn the meat every 30 minutes to make sure it tenderizes on all sides.

Cooking Skills Needed

  • Sautéing
  • Simmering

Cooking Tools Needed

  • Measuring Cups
  • Spatula
  • Chopping Board
  • Measuring Spoon