Beef Puchero Recipe
Puchero, sometimes called Pochero, is one of the favorite stew dishes of the Filipinos. The dish is believed to have started in Spain as a peasant dish where it is eaten for several days – first day will be eaten with rice, second day with pasta, and the leftovers will be recycled for another tomato-based dish. As Spain began exploring the world in 15th century, they took with them this kind of dish and was introduced to their colonized countries, particularly in South Latin America/Latin America (Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay) and Philippines. Puchero, in these Spanish speaking countries, is a stew of beef, sausage, bacon and various vegetables.
This Beef Puchero is straight forward. All you have to do is have all the ingredient on hand and follow the recipe step by step. Note that aside from the tomato sauce and banana, the chorizo de Bilbao and chick peas are determine the outcome of this dish. It is recommended that you have these ingredients available. Chinese link sausages can be used as a replacement for chorizo though.
In the Philippines, this traditional Spanish Beef Puchero dish has evolved over the course of time to suit the Filipino taste. Filipino Puchero is cooked in several kinds of meat such as Beef, Pork, or Chicken and sometimes, the two or all three kinds of meat are combined together and stewed. However, in most cases, they are all cooked and prepared in the same way with same additional ingredients. Filipino Puchero base ingredients include chunks of meat (beef, pork, or chicken), potato, cabbage, plantain (saging na saba) which bring sweetness to the dish to balance the flavor, tomato, garlic, onion, and seasonings. Depending on personal preference, additional ingredients for variation includes tomato sauce or ketchup, chorizo de bilbao, sausage, ham, beacon, carrrot, chickpeas, green beans, bok choy, string beans, sweet potato, and corn.
In the old Spanish colonial days, Puchero is stewed in a clay pot as the name Puchero means “stewpot” in Spanish language. Today, the use of stock pot, saucepan, or casserole makes the cooking of Puchero more convenient and even more practical, pressure cooker can easily tenderize a beef meat.