The Happy Home Cook: Instant Pot Beef Caldereta

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Instant Pot Beef Caldereta (Photo by Elizabeth Ann Quirino)

Instant Pot Beef Caldereta (Photo by Elizabeth Ann Quirino)

If you’re looking for a faster way to cook and enjoy Filipino food, this Instant Pot Beef Caldereta might just be what you need. Now you can prepare the familiar flavors of this tomato-sauced based stew of tender, succulent beef chunks and hearty potatoes in half the time with the popular Instant Pot or any multicooker, without losing the soul of classic Pinoy cooking. Serve this spicy entrée for family meals or holiday parties.

Reprinted with permission from Instant Filipino Recipes: My Mother’s Traditional Philippine Food In a Multi-cooker Pot by Elizabeth Ann Besa- Quirino. Available on



2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

4 pounds beef short ribs, about 5 to 6 pieces

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

4 garlic cloves peeled and minced

1 large white or yellow onion, chopped

1 whole red or green bell pepper, seeded and sliced

1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

½ cup canned liver spread

6 cups beef broth

3 medium potatoes peeled and quartered

½ cup pitted Spanish green olives with pimiento

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Preheat the multicooker by selecting Sauté on high heat.

  • When the inside pot is heated (about 1 minute), add the extra virgin olive oil and butter. Braise the beef short ribs for 5 minutes, turning them over to brown on all sides. Sprinkle the Worcestershire sauce over the ribs.

  • Add the garlic, onions and bell peppers. Continue sautéing for 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Click Cancel to turn off the Sauté button.

  • Add the tomato paste and liver spread. Pour the beef broth into the pot.

  • Add the potatoes and olives. Season with red pepper flakes, salt and ground black pepper.

  • Secure the lid. Check that the cooking pressure is on High and the release valve is set to Sealing.

  • Select High Pressure* for 45 minutes.

  • When cooking is complete, use a quick release. Open the lid carefully.

  • Serve warm with steamed rice.

*Note: After the initial Sauté, it takes about 17 to 20 minutes for the Instant Pot to preheat before the High-Pressure cooking time begins. For other multicookers, please consult the product manual.

Cook’s comments: As with all appliances, please read the user’s manual of your Instant Pot, pressure cooker or multi-cooker. Follow safety precautions and suggestions. Use cooking accessories which are made of metal or silicone or those specifically recommended for the Instant Pot or multi-cooker. Do not use glassware.


Instant Filipino Recipes: My Mother’s Philippine Food in a Multicooker Pot

Elizabeth Ann Quirino

Elizabeth Ann Quirino

If you’ve been searching for a faster way to cook classic Filipino dishes using today’s convenient and popular multicookers, like the Instant Pot, this cookbook entitled, Instant Filipino RecipesMy Mother’s Philippine Food In a Multicooker Pot, is for you.

Traditionally, Philippine dishes often require long hours of braising, boiling, simmering, and roasting. Not anymore. The author, Elizabeth Ann Besa-Quirino, award-winning journalist, food writer, blogger, and recipe developer of the popular site, Asian in America, has put together this collection of 36 all-time favorite Filipino recipes kitchen-tested in her own Instant Pot multicooker.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Betty Ann, as she is fondly called, channeled her love for these heirloom recipes from her mother when she moved to America and transformed them to everyday dishes for her family with ingredients from nearby sources without losing the soul of classic Pinoy cooking.

With these recipes specially developed for the Instant Pot and most brands of multicookers, you can cook traditional Philippine dishes adapted for an American kitchen in half the usual time and with perfect results.

Find mouth-watering, full color photographs to match all Filipino recipes in this cookbook of over 100 pages. Some favorites are: Arroz Caldo, Tinolang Manok, Filipino Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Pancit Canton, Chop Suey, Monggo Guisado, Alimango sa Gata, Adobong Pula, Kare-Kare, Pata Tim, Humba, Sinigang ng Baboy sa Bayabas, Chicken Pastel, Kuchinta, Putong Puti, Mango-Banana Bread, Pandan Iced Tea, Ube Haleya and many more.

And just like Mom’s cooking, the author helps you achieve the soft tenderness, succulent flavors of favorite Filipino main dishes, soups, appetizers, sides, and desserts. By cooking Philippine dishes in an Instant Pot or most multicooker brands, you have the advantage of hands-free, walk-away-from-it cooking that allows you to free up more of your precious time for other activities.

This cookbook and the author's other books are available on

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