Kare-kare is a traditional Filipino dish that is rich, hearty, and savory. It is a stew made with oxtail, vegetables, and a thick peanut sauce. Kare-kare is commonly served during special occasions and gatherings.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
10 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Servings 4


  • 2 lbs oxtail, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 pc 1 eggplant, sliced
  • 1 bundle pechay or bok choy, sliced
  • 1 whole banana blossom, sliced
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup toasted rice, ground
  • 1 pc onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp annatto powder
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Salt and pepper, to taste


  • In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil and sauté the garlic and onion until the onion is translucent.
  • Add the oxtail and water, and bring to a boil. Skim off any foam that rises to the top.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for about 3 hours or until the meat is soft and tender. Add more water as needed.
  • Add the annatto powder, peanut butter, and toasted rice to the pot, and stir until well combined.
  • Add the eggplant, banana blossom, and pechay or bokchoy, and continue to cook until the vegetables are tender.
  • Season with fish sauce, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Serve hot with rice.


For best result make a bagoong alamang as a dip sauce to balance the taste.
Keyword Filipino cuisine, kare-kare, pampanga's karekare

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