Portuguese Cacoila

READY IN: 16mins
Recipe by quotFoodThe Way To

This is a wonderful sandwich filler made from pork that cooks until it is shredded. It is spicy and can be served on rolls or on rice. There are variations to this recipe, but this one comes from my Aunt Fanny in Fall River, Mass. Thanks Aunt Fanny!

Top Review by Transylmania

This was so tasty. I added more pimenta moida and paprika because im used to this having a redder color. I also added a tiny bit of red wine vinegar to make it a but more tangy. It was still so delicious. I never knew that making cacoila at home would be so easy...no more waiting until the Portuguese feasts in the summer to eat it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash pork, cube and place in large pot.
  2. Slice onions and place in pan.
  3. Add all other ingredients.
  4. Cook at low heat for 1-1/2 hours; if mixture becomes dry, add 1 cup water and stir; DO NOT ALLOW TO DRY OUT! Continue to add small amounts of water as needed; Stir often to prevent sticking.
  5. Pork should be tender and break apart easily.

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