Portuguese Chourico, Beans, and Rice


I grew up on chourico, and this dish is a Portuguese comfort food that my mom always made. I took it upon myself to replicate it with a bit more kick, but even with the changes, it reminds me of being a kid. It's such a warm and satisfying dish.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
2 servings


  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup uncooked white rice

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 dried chourico sausage, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch slices

  • ¼ Spanish onion, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ cups tomato sauce

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • ½ (14.5 ounce) can fava beans, rinsed and drained


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a pot; stir the rice into the boiling water, reduce heat to low, place cover on the pot, and allow the rice to cook until all the moisture is absorbed, about 30 minutes.

  2. As the rice cooks, heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the chourico in the hot oil for 2 minutes. Add the onions and garlic to the sausage and continue cooking until the vegetables are soft and the chourico has browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Stir the tomato sauce into the chourico mixture. Reduce heat to low. Season with the red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper; simmer until thoroughly heated, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir the fava beans into the mixture and continue cooking just long enough for the beans to heat, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve over rice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

722 Calories
24g Fat
109g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 722
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 1434mg 62%
Total Carbohydrate 109g 39%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 18mg 88%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 8mg 46%
Potassium 853mg 18%

* 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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