Kare-Kare Special

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Kare-Kare Special (Oxtail and Beef Tripe with Vegetables in Thick Peanut Gravy)


  • Oxtail
  • beef tripe (tuwalya)(optional)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Achuete or Annatto Seeds
  • Eggplants
  • Banana Bud or Heart(Puso ng Saging)(optional)
  • String Beans
  • Bok Choy or Chinese Cabbage(Pechay)
  • Beef Broth


  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Rice Grains
  • Pepper
  • Sauteed Shrimp Paste(Bagoong Alamang)
  • Cooking Oil


  • 2 pounds Oxtail, cut in 1″ thickness
  • 1 pound beef tripe (tuwalya), pressure cooked, cut into 2″ squares (optional)
  • 1/2 pound string beans, sliced in 3″ lengths
  • 2 pcs. eggplants, sliced in 3″ wedges
  • 1 banana bud or heart(puso ng saging), sliced in strips(optional)
  • 6 stalks Bok Choy(Pechay), leaves and stalk separated, cut in 2″ lengths
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, dissolved in 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup toasted rice, powdered, dissolved in 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 5 cups beef broth (total)
  • 2 tablespoons achuete (annatto) seeds
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Sauteed Shrimp Paste(Bagoong Alamang)


COOKING TIME : 30 minutes
(pre-cooking the oxtail and beef tripe not included)

  1. Heat up the oil, then put in the achuete seeds for a couple minutes until the oil becomes deep red. Strain out the seeds.
  2. Saute the garlic and onion using the achuete oil, then add the oxtail and beef tripe, salt, pepper, sugar, beef broth and the dissolved-peanut butter. Bring to a boil.
  3. Turn the heat down, and put the vegetables(except the Bok Choy leaves) into the sauce. Cover and cook for approximately 10 minutes or until the vegetables are done.
  4. Add the dissolved rice flour into the sauce to thicken.
  5. Add the Bok Choy leaves. Cook for another minute and it’s ready to serve.
  6. Serve with rice along with a side of Sauteed Shrimp Paste(Bagoong Alamang).


The achuete oil can stain tile counters so be careful not to spill or splatter any oil. Although bleach can remove the stain, you may want to test it first to make sure it will not affect the color of the tiles.

To add a hint of sweetness add a tablespoon of sugar. If you are using a sweet peanut butter, you can omit the sugar.

To cut some of the preparation time, try looking for Powdered Annato (Achuete) and Toasted Rice Flours.

Credits to: filipino-food-recipes.com