Kare-kare is one of mom's specialties. It is a Filipino stew  mostly commonly served on birthdays and other special occasions. Hubby says, it sounds like adapted from Indian dish Curry. Hmm, maybe but the sauce of kare-kare is made from peanut and not coconut milk. For me, this is an expensive dish. But I don't care, once every 2 or 3 months, won't hurt the pocket. 

You can use oxtail, beef, pork or tripe for this recipe. Though oxtail and beef are a lot tastier than other  meat. This recipe is a mixture of oxtail and tripe.


1 piece Oxtail -cut into 2 inches thick
1/2 kg Tripe -sliced on your desired size
1 liter of water
3 cloves Garlic - minced
1 medium size Onion - chopped
1 big size Aubergine (3- 4 Eggplants) -sliced
400 grams Green Beans  (Sitaw) -cut into about 2 inches long
2-3 Pak Choi (Pechay) - stems separated
1 banana bud or blossom (puso ng saging) Sometimes due to unavailability, I do not put this.
1 tbsp Annatto Powder ( atsuete) -dissolved in warm water
1 jar of Peanut Butter (preferably smooth)
3 tbps toasted ground rice 
Salt and pepper to taste 
2 tbsp Cooking Oil (Vegetable/Sunflower)
Shrimp Paste (Dip)

Method of cooking:

  1. In a large pot, boil the water and add the oxtail. Put some salt. Cook the meat until tender (approximately 2 -3 hours). Half way through the cooking add the tripe. You may need to add more water as it evaporates in the process.
  2. Stir-in the peanut butter and the dissolved annatto powder. Set the heat on medium and simmer again for another 5-10 minutes. 
  3. Add the toasted ground rice and simmer again for 5 minutes more. 
  4. In a large pan/wok, saute garlic, onion and green beans for 3 minutes. Add the aubergine and cook for another 5 minutes. Finally, add the pak choi and toss for 2 minutes. 
  5. Transfer the sauteed vegetables in the large pot where you boiled the oxtail. Simmer for 3 minutes. 
  6. Finally, add some salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve hot with boiled rice and shrimp paste. 


  1. Oh my gosh, that's one thing I missed sis. I can't cook it at home kasi allergic si Mr. Burrito sa peanut butter.

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  2. now, I'm drooling! it's been awhile since I had kare-kare...yum!

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  3. Looks delicious ! I love to try out new things I don't know !

  4. sinful tong kare-kare na ito.. arghhh sarap!

  5. This is indeed an expensive recipe and my first time to cook this is for a friend's welcome party. The guests liked it. LOL

    I want to try it again this Christmas using your recipe. Pahiram ako ha. Thanks! Hehehe

  6. oh lala im drooling. it's been ages since the last time i had kare kare. i miss a lot of pinoy foods/

  7. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I will try this kare kare recipe at home. It's one of my favorite Filipino foods. http://good-food-recipe.com

  8. Miss ko na ang kare kare sis, can't cook it here kasi allergic son ko sa peanut..


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