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Portuguese Feijoada Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
This is a staple plate in Portugal. This is the type of food that “avós” --- grandmas --- of all Portugal cook for a regular weeknight meal. A Portuguese feijoada is the most comforting meal that you can ever make with cheap and easy to find ingredients.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Portuguese
Keyword: feijoada, portuguese food,
Servings: 3 people
  • 1 onion cut into dices
  • 1 carrot cut into dices
  • 1 medium potato cut into dices
  • 1 stalk of celery cut into small pieces
  • 1 Portuguese chorizo (note 1)
  • 1 medium can 420 gr red pinto beans (with the liquid of the can)
  • ½ can 210 gr white beans drained.
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup of meat broth (note 2)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Sprinkle of pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  1. In a big sauté pan over medium heat pour the olive oil and cook the chorizo cut into slices. Remove the chorizo from the pan when it is semi-crispy and has released its natural oil. That’s the key for the flavor.
  2. Toss the onion and after a couple minutes add the garlic and cook until the onion is almost transparent.
  3. Toss the carrot, the potato, the celery and the tomato paste. Stir well.
  4. Add the red pinto beans (with the liquid), the white beans, the chorizo and the spinach. Pour the meat broth and the water. Season with the bay leaf, thyme, and pepper (note 3). Simmer for about 15 minutes over medium heat.

  5. Remove the bay leaf and serve with some fluffy white rice.
Recipe Notes
  1. If there is no way you can get Portuguese or Spanish chorizo you can use a good quality pork sausage.
  2. You can also use a meat bouillon cube and add a cup of water, instead of meat broth.
  3. I don’t add extra salt to this recipe because the chorizo and the meat broth have enough salt for me. But you can add a little bit of salt if you feel it’s needed.