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

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!

Sunny In Florida April 09, 2011

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.

Derf April 24, 2010

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.

Sage May 12, 2009

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