Panama Red Stew

Panama Red Stew Recipe

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Vicki Butts (lazyme)


This recipe, kind of a cross between a pork bourguignon and a chili, is based upon a '49'ers account of foods he encountered in Panama on his way to gold territory.

From HOG WILD! by K. C. McKeown.


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15 Min
2 Hr 25 Min
Stove Top


  • 3 oz
    bacon, cut into 1/4- by 1-inch strips
  • 1 1/2 lb
    pork shoulder or sirloin, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 c
    flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 c
    chopped onion
  • 1/2 c
    diced green pepper, small cubes
  • 1/2 c
    chopped celery stalk
  • 1 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1 c
    red bordeaux wine
  • 28 oz
    italian plum tomatoes, with juice
  • 2
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp
    tomato paste (heaping)
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1/2 c
    pitted, quartered black olives, such as kalamata
  • ·
    ground red pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 lb
    mushrooms, quartered, sauteed in 2 tablespoons butter
  • ·
    salt, to taste

How to Make Panama Red Stew


  1. Saute the bacon strips in a heavy casserole over medium heat until they are cooked through but not browned. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon.
  2. Dredge the pork cubes in the seasoned flour. Shake off the excess flour, and saute the pork cubes in the hot bacon fat until they are nicely browned. Remove the meat and set it aside. Add the onion, green pepper, and celery to the pan, along with the oil (if necessary). Saute the vegetables until they become soft and golden yellow, and scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients, except for the mushrooms and salt and pepper. Bring the stew to a boil and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook the stew, covered, for approximately 2 hours, or until the meat is tender. Skim the fat from the stew and add the sauteed mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove the bay leaf before serving.

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About Panama Red Stew

Course/Dish: Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Latin American

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