Easy Portuguese Slow Cooker Pot Roast (Alcatra)

Vickie Parks


This is a Portuguese pot roast recipe called Alcatra. It's a traditional dish in Azorean cuisine, from Terceira Island off the west coast of Portugal. Azorean grass-fed cattle provide tasty natural beef, and the warm spices add an amazing rich flavor. It's a trusted recipe that usually pleases all, and it's one you'll be giving out the recipe to all who have the pleasure of sampling it.

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8 to 10
30 Min
8 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


1/2 lb
bacon, cut into small pieces
1 large
onion, diced
bay leaves
1 Tbsp
whole allspice
1/4 tsp
ground cinnamon
whole cloves
4 clove
garlic, minced
2 Tbsp
tomato paste
2 tsp
1 tsp
black pepper
4 lb
beef chuck roast or rump roast
2 c
red wine
2 c
water (or more, if needed)

How to Make Easy Portuguese Slow Cooker Pot Roast (Alcatra)


  • 1In a large stock pot, add the bacon and fry over medium-high heat just until crisp.
  • 2Add the onion, bay leaves, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, garlic and tomato paste. Cook until onions are soft, about 10 minutes. Transfer the onion mixture to slow cooker.
  • 3Season the roast with salt and pepper, then cut the roast into medium-sized cubes. Place the roast chunks on top of the onion mixture in the slow cooker.
  • 4Add the wine and water to the stock pot, stirring to scrape up all of the browned bits on the bottom, and allow it to boil for 5 minutes. Pour the wine mixture over the roast, and top with the bacon. Add more water, if necessary.
  • 5Cover and set the slow cooker for about 8 hours. At the 4 hour mark, flip the roast over, cover and continue to cook another 4 hours or until thoroughly done.

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About Easy Portuguese Slow Cooker Pot Roast (Alcatra)

Course/Dish: Beef, Roasts
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Portugese