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


  • 1Soak beans overnight in enough cold water to cover by several inches. Drain beans and set aside.
  • 2Fry bacon in skillet over medium heat until crisp, 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
  • 3Pour 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.
  • 4Add beans, 8 cups water, tomato paste, chourice, red pepper flakes, paprika.
  • 5Cover and simmer until beans are tender, 1-1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.
  • 6Just before serving, crumble bacon into beans and season with salt and pepper.

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About Portuguese Beans/Feijao a Portuguesa

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes