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Brazilian Beef Stew Recipe

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time6 hrs 30 mins
Total Time7 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound kielbasa sliced into ½ rounds
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • cup red onion diced
  • 14.5 ounces tomatoes diced
  • 15 ounces black beans drained, rinsed, then puréed in blender or food processor.
  • 15 ounces can cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon hot chili powder

Finishing Touches

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • jalapenos sliced
  • orange wedges
  • orange zest

Instructions

  • Start by seasoning the beef stew meat with salt and pepper and then browning it in a large fry pan that has been preheated with the vegetable oil.
  • Once browned, transfer to a plate and reserve. The recipe says to line the plate with paper towel that will absorb any liquids, but I'm thinking you may want to pour any reserved liquid back to the pot.
  • After browning the beef stew meat, do the same with the kielbasa slices and reserve until needed.
  • Deglaze the pan with the orange juice, being sure to scrape up any brown bits (fond) from the pan. This is where a lot of flavor is.
  • In a crock pot, combine the onion, diced tomatoes, pureed black beans, cannellini beans, garlic and hot chili powder.
  • Add the browned meats and the remaining deglazing liquid plus any juices left over from the resting meats.
  • Cover the crock pot and cook on the high heat setting for 4 hours or on the low setting for 6 hours. I figure my outdoor wood-burning oven is more like the slow setting.

Finish the Dish

  • Add the vinegar, taste to adjust seasoning and garnish with the jalapeno slices, orange wedges and orange zest.

Notes

I stayed away from the jalapeno slices because I knew my kids wouldn't eat them.
I'll make the rice and collard greens one of these days and let you know how it is and if my kids give it a try. Maybe I can slip it past them but I don't think so.