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About This Recipe

This recipe appears in: Nuts for Filipino Comfort Food: Kare-Kare


  • 1 pound beef round
  • 1 pound oxtail cut into 2-inch long pieces
  • 3 cups smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of toasted rice, finely ground
  • 2 red onions, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons atsuete oil (annatto oil)
  • 4 eggplants, sliced 1-inch thick
  • 1 bundle of pechay (bok choy) cut into 2 pieces
  • 1 bundle of sitaw (string beans) cut to 2-inch long pieces
  • 1 piece of banana bud, cut similar to eggplant slices. Blanch in boiling water.
  • 1/2 cup of oil
  • 8 cups of water
  • Salt to taste


  1. 1

    Boil beef and oxtail in water for 1 hour or until cooked. Strain and set aside the stock.

  2. 2

    In a large pan or wok, heat the oil and atsuete oil.

  3. 3

    Sautée the onion and garlic until golden. Add the stock, toasted rice, beef, oxtail and peanut butter. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Add salt to taste.

  4. 4

    Serve with bagoong on the side and hot plain rice. Enjoy!

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