Portuguese Beef Stew: Cozy Dinner Delight!

by | Nov 23, 2023 | Dinner | 0 comments

Hey, food lovers! Today, I’m sharing a recipe that’s close to my heart: Portuguese Beef Stew. This dish is not just a meal; it’s a warm hug in a bowl. Perfect for those chilly evenings or when you need a little comfort food.

A Taste of Portugal’s Culinary Heritage

Portuguese cuisine is a treasure trove of flavors, and this beef stew is a shining example. Originating from the rolling hills and picturesque landscapes of Portugal, this dish embodies the country’s love for robust and heartwarming meals. Each spoonful of this stew is like a journey through Portugal’s rich culinary heritage, where simple ingredients are turned into something truly spectacular.

The Magic of the Portuguese Beef Stew Begins with Marination

Let’s start with the magic: marination! Combining tender chuck beef cubes with garlic, smoked paprika, and olive oil, we let these flavors mingle in the fridge. This 2-3 hour wait is totally worth it, trust me!

Building the Flavors

Once marinated, we begin by sautéing onions and garlic, followed by adding tomatoes and white wine. This step is crucial. It’s where the flavors start to layer, creating a base that’s rich and aromatic.

Portuguese Beef Stew

Tips for the Perfect Portuguese Beef Stew

Achieving the perfect beef stew is all about patience and quality ingredients. First, choosing the right cut of beef is crucial – chuck roast is ideal for its balance of fat and lean meat, ensuring tender chunks after slow cooking. Don’t rush the marinating process; it’s key for infusing the beef with those incredible flavors. Also, consider using a good-quality dry white wine; it makes a significant difference in the depth of flavor. Lastly, maintain a gentle simmer during cooking; this ensures that the beef and potatoes cook evenly without falling apart.

The Main Event

Now, it’s time for the main event. In goes the meat, potatoes, and our onion-tomato mixture into a pot. The addition of beef broth and a cinnamon stick elevates this stew to new heights.

Variations to Spice Up Your Portuguese Beef Stew

While traditional Portuguese beef stew is fantastic on its own, feel free to get creative. Add a mix of root vegetables like carrots and parsnips for extra nutrition and a touch of sweetness. For a spicier kick, a dash of cayenne pepper or a few slices of chorizo can add a whole new dimension. Vegetarians can swap the beef for a mix of hearty mushrooms and add chickpeas for protein. Remember, cooking is an art, and this stew is your canvas!

The Final Stretch

We let everything simmer until the beef is fork-tender and the potatoes are perfectly cooked. This is when your kitchen smells like a little corner of Portugal!

Serving Up Comfort

Serve this hearty stew in bowls, topped with fresh parsley. Don’t forget a loaf of warm bread for the ultimate experience. It’s not just a meal; it’s a journey to the heart of Portuguese cuisine.

Portuguese Beef Stew

Portuguese Beef Stew

This hearty beef stew features plenty of comfort-food deliciousness. Enjoy with a fresh loaf of warm bread.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Portuguese
Keyword: beef roast, potatoes, beef stew, hearty
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 772kcal


  • 2 lbs chuck beef roast cut into 1" cubes
  • 10 garlic cloves chopped and divided
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 dash sea salt to taste
  • 1 dash black pepper to taste
  • 5 medium red potatoes peeled and chopped into 1" pieces
  • 2 medium onions sliced
  • 15 oz can of diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • fresh parsley rough chopped for serving


  • In a large bowl, add the meat, half of the garlic, paprika, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and let rest in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours for the flavors to blend.
  • When ready to cook, heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add onions and remaining garlic until onions become translucent and lightly browned.
  • Add tomatoes and cook for a minute or two then deglaze with the white wine. Stir well scraping bottom to lift any stuck on bits of fond from bottom of pan.
  • Simmer for 5 -10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Heat a Dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat. Add the meat mixture scraping any seasoning and juices from the bowl into the pot.
  • Add chopped potatoes to the pot.
  • Add the onion, garlic, tomato and wine mixture to the top of the potatoes.
  • Pour in the broth.  Add cinnamon stick and stir it all together.
  • Bring to a low boil and cook uncovered for 30-45 minutes or until beef is tender and potatoes are cooked through
  • Let rest 5 minutes. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper.
  • Spoon hot stew into individual serving bowls. Sprinkle with fresh parsley. Serve with warm bread. Enjoy!


Calories: 772kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 848mg | Potassium: 2426mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1039IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 9mg


There you have it! A Portuguese Beef Stew that’s easy to make and a joy to eat. Perfect for those nights when you need a little extra warmth and comfort. Happy cooking!

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