A throwback to nostalgic elementary school lunches, we took this childhood favorite and added a Filipino twist. This recipe is tasty and simple, easy to make as a weekday lunch for the kids or a dinner for the whole family. The kids will be wanting more! Our caldereta sauce adds a little spicy kick to the sweet and savory classic.
Caldereta is the most famous beef stew of the Philippines. It is a favorite of many and can be found at any Filipino gathering. A beef stew packed with loads of potatoes, bell peppers, and carrots, they are all cooked in tomato sauce.
Saute ground beef (or any meat of your choice) with a jar of caldereta, brown sugar, spices, and a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce for that classic Sloppy Joe flavor. Simmer until thick, and then serve on your favorite rolls with some diced white onion and some chips on the side. Nothing beats this spin on classic Sloppy Joes for a quick when you have hungry hordes of kids in the house, but we would be lying if we don’t enjoy these just as much as the kids do. These savory, umami-packed sandwiches are great with a nice beer for lunch or an easy weeknight meal.
- ½ jar Caldareta sauce
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 tbsp. Brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. Chili powder
- 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- White onion, chopped for garnish (optional)
- 4 Kaiser rolls, toasted (substitute hamburger buns and potato buns or slider sized buns)
- 1. Add Caldareta sauce to a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer.
- 2. Add ground beef and stir, breaking up into small crumbles. Simmer until mixture beef is cooked through.
- 3. Add brown sugar, chili powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer uncovered until thickened, about 10 minutes.
- 4. Add a heaping amount to bottom bun. Top with chopped onions and top with top bun.