This is an authentic Brazilian ground beef and vegetable recipe which I tweaked to my family's liking. Who says ground beef has to be boring?! Serve over hot white rice.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr 40 mins
total:
2 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onions and garlic, and cook until the onions have caramelized to a deep, golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir frequently as the onions cook. Meanwhile, place the ground beef, celery, bell pepper, eggs, tomatoes, and parsley into a mixing bowl; mix until evenly combined.

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  • Add the meat mixture into the caramelized onions, and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook and stir until the beef is crumbly and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in the red wine and red pepper flakes. Continue simmering, covered, until the liquid evaporates, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

448 calories; protein 25.2g; carbohydrates 8g; fat 31.1g; cholesterol 210.5mg; sodium 223.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2008
We all LOVED this dish! With the exception of adding additional salt pepper and garlic powder (which I do on almost all recipes) I followed to a "T". My 8 year old ate 2 huge bowls and I'm too embarrassed to say how much my husband ate. Thanks for the recipe! I will definitely be making this one again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/20/2016
This recipe was all right and we enjoyed it but it wasn't anything particularly special or interesting. I did end up adding salt and pepper which helped but I don't think I'll be coming back to it any time soon. I used the leftovers to make Moussaka. Read More
30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2008
We all LOVED this dish! With the exception of adding additional salt pepper and garlic powder (which I do on almost all recipes) I followed to a "T". My 8 year old ate 2 huge bowls and I'm too embarrassed to say how much my husband ate. Thanks for the recipe! I will definitely be making this one again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/16/2008
Let me preface my review by stating I've never heard of this dish before so I have no basis for comparison as far as "authentic" goes. I stumbled across it and thought it looked like an interesting ground beef recipe & decided to give it a try! As I am the first reviewer I really tried to not alter it. However I detest celery so I did leave that out. I also was forced to use dried as opposed to fresh parsley. Everything else was the same (ok ok I couldn't resist adding more garlic as usual). It's pretty good! It was a little bland for my tastes but that could have been partially due to no celery and the dried parsley. I also used a sweeter red wine and I'm not sure how a merlot or cab would affect the flavor. I added some sea salt when I served it and that was a nice touch. Thanks Woman Whisking for a different way to use ground beef! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2008
This is extremely Good! I made it as written except I added salt and pepper.I served it with white rice and yellow rice.I liked the yellow rice better.This dish has a very South American flavor to it.My 17 year old also loved it. She said it tasted like pepper steak.This recipe makes 8 generous servings if you use 2 cups of rice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2008
Was awesome! Made plain ol boring ol ground beef into a fancy dinner. The flavors were so deep it tasted like something I would be ordering not making. I loved this dish. Oh and ps leftovers were just as good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2008
I really liked this. it was different than what I imagined it would be but in a good way. I made these changes: cut recipe in half (4 servings) 2tbsp dry parsley in place of 1/2c fresh whole can of diced tomato rather than half added some cinnamon no green pepper beef stock in place of red wine and I cooked the rice with it all after it was done simmering... to do this I added 3/4c rice and remaining 1.25c beef broth stirred it together then cooked until rice was done. I like to mix rice in with things like this because it lets it soak up the flavors. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/25/2008
whole family enjoyed this dish. I topped it with parm. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2009
This was amazing! I cut it in half used the whole can of tomatoes and left out the celery. Served over yellow rice. Hubby couldn't get enough! Try it with a few splashes of hot sauce yum! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/21/2011
Very good but very bland. I added salt black peeper and two teaspoons of sugar. I served it over whit rice and thought of adding a can of tomato soup and serving it over elbow noodles. That might be a nice alteration. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2012
This is an all time family favorite!! It's delicious and easy! I add yellow rice to the pot about 25 min before I'm ready to eat and let it absorb the liquid. This is a great recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/20/2016
This recipe was all right and we enjoyed it but it wasn't anything particularly special or interesting. I did end up adding salt and pepper which helped but I don't think I'll be coming back to it any time soon. I used the leftovers to make Moussaka. Read More
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