Mood Beef (Portuguese Beef Stew)

Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This is another Emeril's mom (Hilda) recipe. Great way to make a thick and hearty beef stew. An excellent all-in-one meal!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a Dutch oven or heavy skillet heat the olive oil over high heat.
  2. Season the beef with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the black pepper.
  3. Saute the beef, in batches if necessary so that the pan is not crowded, until well-browned on all sides, about 4 minutes. Transfer the beef to a plate and set aside.
  4. Add the onion and green peppers to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until softened and caramelized around the edges, about 6 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  7. Add the tomatoes, water, bay leaf, crushed red pepper and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt.
  8. Return the beef to the pan and bring the sauce to a boil.
  9. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, partially covered, for 1 1/2 hours or until the meat is very tender.
  10. Add the ditalini to the gravy and cook until tender, about 25 minutes.
  11. Add the parsley. Serve immediately.
Most Helpful

5 5

This is very similar to a recipe my mom used to make. Flavors were great and just spicy enough for us. Flavors blended nicely. My DH and I both loved it. Served in large bowls over whole potatoes cooked in with the meat, this was comfort to the max!

5 5

Delicious with a wonderful zing ! spicy and garlicy , loved it!! I left out the pasta and served it over a baked potato. It turned cold here today and this stew really hit the spot! Lovely combination of flavours. I cut the recipe in half and it was still a lot for two people. Thanks for postig a keeper.

5 5

We loved it! I made it in my slow cooker and I used beef broth instead of plain water;came out perfect! This is a one pot meal that I will make again. I made this for WT5; thanks for posting.