Portuguese Traditional Meat and Bean Stew • Feijoada de Carne


Ah, the charm of meat and bean stews in Portugal! Here’s a delightful, kinda speedy bean stew with ground beef, a traditional Portuguese dish served normally with rice. I’ve used pre-cooked beans and ground meat to make it quicker and more convenient, normally you would use dried beans (after hydrating) and chunks of meat and chorizo.

For the uninitiated, feijoada is a traditional dish in both Portugal and Brazil, deeply rooted in Lusophone culinary tradition. It’s a bean stew, typically featuring meats and smoked sausages. Its origins date back to the north of Portugal, in Trás-os-Montes, eventually spreading to other Lusophone countries such as Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Timor-Leste, and Macau.

The Portuguese feijoada is made with white or red beans and can be accompanied by various meats like sausages, pork, beef or chicken. It might also include bacon, onion, garlic, tomatoes, bay leaves, and spices. Let’s dive into the recipe! ;D

Portuguese Traditional Meat and Bean Stew • Feijoada de Carne

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Normal
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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How about a quick Portuguese-Style Ground Beef Feijoada its a pretty delightful meal!


  • Rice – 1 Cup
  • Carrot – 1
  • Beef – 300g
  • Onion – 2
  • Garlic – 5 Cloves
  • Bacon – 3 Slices
  • Red Kidney Beans – 200g (Pre-cooked)
  • Canned Peeled Tomatoes – 500ml
  • Olive Oil – A Drizzle
  • Paprika – A Pinch
  • Cayenne Pepper – A Pinch
  • Black Pepper – A Pinch
  • Salt – A Pinch


  1. In a small pot, prepare the rice with a drizzle of olive oil, a clove of chopped garlic, chopped carrots, and one cup of rice. Sauté for a bit, then add two cups of hot water and a pinch of salt. Cover and let it simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes until it’s tender.
  2. In a wide pan, add chopped onion, garlic cloves, and diced bacon. Sauté them with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Once the onion browns, add the ground beef, then sprinkle with paprika, black pepper, and salt. Cook it for a bit.
  4. 4. Add the canned peeled tomatoes, season with a pinch of salt, and let it cook for about 10 minutes until the tomatoes soften.
  5. Finally, add the pre-cooked beans, mix well, let it simmer, taste, adjust seasonings, and it’s ready! Serve it with the carrot rice. Bon appétit!
Notes: For extra flavor, consider cooking the rice in vegetable or chicken broth. Feel free to experiment with different bean varieties to add a unique touch to your feijoada. Adjust the spice levels to suit your palate. A little more cayenne if you like it hot or less if you prefer it milder.

This recipe for Portuguese Traditional Meat and Bean Stew • Feijoada de Carne was originally created on BakeAfter.com.
Esta receita de Feijoada de Carne Moída foi publicada em português no Iguaria.com.


Total: 1944 calories; 69 g fat; 284 g carbohydrates; 154 g protein.

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