Portuguese Recipes Recipes from Portugal Portuguese Cuisine


You can also use 5 pounds bottom round beef, cut into 2 to 3-inches pieces instead of chuck. Serve this traditional Portugese stew with sauteed greens and boiled potatoes. This recipe for Cacoila serves about 8 guests.


  • 5 pound, 2-inch thick chuck roast with bone-in
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 3 meaty shin bones, about 2 1/2 pounds each
  • 1 pound salt pork
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 large cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon wine vinegar
  • 1 2-inch cinnamon stick
  • 6 balls Jamaican allspice
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt or to taste
  • 2 small chili peppers or pinches of dried crushed red pepper


  1. Place all the ingredients in a very large, deep heavy pot.
  2. Pour in enough cold water to come up 3/4 the side of the ingredients.
  3. Cover the pot tightly and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for three to four hours, until the meat is fork tender and nearly falling off the bone!
  5. Enjoy

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