CalderetaCaldereta is a thick stew seasoned with chilies.

Serve this stew warm, it’s a filling and economic winter meal that stores well. Chilies keep the sniffles away and help you feel full longer, an added bonus when the winter winds blow!

Serves 6


Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Serving Size: 2 cups

Calories per serving: 354 calories

Fat per serving: 16g fat (4 g saturated)



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds of lamb or beef stewing meat, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tomatoes, about 1 pound, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 small dried red chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of dry red wine
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 small onion peeled
  • 1 15-ounce can fat-free, low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and cut into thin slices
  • 2 small carrots, peeled, chopped
  • 1 bulb of garlic, top sliced off, skin removed
  • 1 bay leaf


  • In a large stockpot over medium heat, warm the oil until hot but not smoking. Sprinkle the meat with salt and brown in batches, turning occasionally, 3-4 minutes per side. Reduce heat to medium and add the tomato paste, cumin, cinnamon, and chilies. Cool until the spices become fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Add the white wine and cook 2-3 minutes until the liquid decreases slightly. Add tomato, onion, garlic, pepper, bay leaves, and beef broth, and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer covered, until meat is tender (about 1 1/2- 2 hours). Remove the meat to a platter. Pick out the bay leaf and red chilies, and discard. Remove the garlic bulb, squeeze out as much garlic as you like, and discard the papery skin. In a food processor or blender, pure?e the sauce and return it to the stockpot. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour your fragrant sauce over the meat and uncork a lovely bottle of Rioja. Buen Provecho!
  • Wine Pairing: Champagne, Negrone

Nutritional Stats Per Serving (2 cups): 354 calories, 37 g protein, 13 g carbohydrates, 16g fat (4 g saturated), 73 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 369 mg sodium.

Weight Watchers® Points Plus: 9


  1. This was really easy to make and delicious! Even my young kids ate it. It was even better leftover as the meat was more tender. (I probably didn’t cook it quite long enough).

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