Mom's Portuguese Beef Stew


This is a favorite home meal from my mom. My sister had to write while my mom cooked in order to get the recipe right. It's easy and will impress anyone. Serve steaming hot on a bed of white rice.

close up view of Portuguese Beef Stew in a bowl
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into cubes

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 8 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 carrot, chopped

  • 1 pinch paprika

  • ½ fresh tomato, chopped

  • 1 cup white wine

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley

  • 3 red potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can green beans, drained


  1. Heat the oil in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Dust the beef with the flour. Place the beef, garlic, bay leaves, and pepper in the stockpot; cook until the beef is brown; season with salt and cook until beef is tender, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, green pepper, carrot, and paprika; cook until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato, wine, water, and parsley. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 30 minutes.

  2. Mix in the red potatoes, sweet potatoes, and green beans; continue to cook until potatoes are easily pierced through with a fork, about 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

398 Calories
12g Fat
38g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 398
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 279mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 7g 23%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 47mg 233%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 1222mg 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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