Portuguese Beans/Feijao a Portuguesa

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This recipe is from Leite's Culinaria. I have made these several times and enjoyed them. Do not use Mexican Chorizo. Chourice may be bought online@ www.linguicia.com or Gaspars.com; you may do this recipe in a crockpot also, placing on low for several hours until beans are tender.


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20 Min
1 Hr


  • 1 lb
    dried navy beans, small california white or great northern bean, washed and sorted
  • 1/2 lb
  • 1 large
    onion, chopped
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 can(s)
    (6 oz.) tomato paste
  • 1 lb
    portuguese chourice sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp
    sweet paprika
  • ·
    salt & pepper to taste

How to Make Portuguese Beans/Feijao a Portuguesa


  1. Soak beans overnight in enough cold water to cover by several inches. Drain beans and set aside.
  2. Fry bacon in skillet over medium heat until crisp, 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
  3. Pour off all but 2-3 tablespoons of bacon fat; add onion and cook until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes; Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.
  4. Add beans, 8 cups water, tomato paste, chourice, red pepper flakes, paprika.
  5. Cover and simmer until beans are tender, 1-1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.
  6. Just before serving, crumble bacon into beans and season with salt and pepper.

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Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes

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