Pork

Brazilian Pork Stew

Tender braised pork stewed with tomatoes, black beans, sweet potato and warm spices in a rich gravy.  This dish was inspired by the cuisine of Brazil

Brazilian cooking is about keeping things fairly simple but getting great flavors with good quality ingredients and spices

We are using our Instant Pot as a slow cooker

The Instant Pot allows you to sear or saute food in it before you slow cook, so if you don’t have an Instant Pot just sear in a pan and then add to your slow cooker


We are starting off with around 3 pounds of pork stew meat which we are going to sprinkle with kosher salt and ground black pepper

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Put your Instant Pot in saute mode and add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Brown the pork in batches to avoid over crowding them

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Brown on all sides

Don’t worry if there are brown bits stuck in the pot

When we add liquids they will break up and add to the great flavor of the stew

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Remove the pork and set aside

Repeat until all the pork has been browned

Add some more olive oil to the pot

Next we will need 1 large onion peeled and chopped, 2 celery stalks chopped, 3 chopped garlic cloves, 1 chopped serrano pepper (seeds removed) and 3 bay leaves

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Add these into the pot and cook 4-6 minutes

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Next are the spices

This is where the stew gets its warm comforting flavors from

We will need 1 tablespoon of cocoa, 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 1 tablespoon of dry oregano, 1 tablespoon of cumin and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

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Stir the spices into the veggies and allow to cook for 2-4 minutes to toast them and release their aromatics

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We’ll need 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of Gravy Master and 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar

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Add these to the pot and allow to bubble up

Stir, scraping up any bits off of the bottom

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We’ll also need one 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes and the zest of 1 orange

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Add the tomatoes and zest to the pot

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Stir these in again scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pot

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Add the pork back in along with any juices that may have gathered

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Stir to incorporate

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Set your Instant Pot from saute to slow cook, on high and the timer for 2 hours and 30 minutes

If using the pressure cooker lid ensure you have the knob turned to “Venting” so it acts like a slow cooker

We are using the glass slow cooker lid

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Since this is such a rich stew with many warm flavors from the spices, we feel it needs a little brightness to bring it to the next level

For this we are going to make a quick onion pickle

We will need 1 red onion peeled and very thinly sliced, 1/2 cup of orange juice, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 chopped serrano pepper (seeds removed) and the zest from 1 orange

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Layer the onions, peppers and zest in a jar

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Here is a top view

Why you might ask?

Just because I liked it

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Add the vinegar into the jar

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Next add in the orange juice

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Cover the jar with a lid and give it a good shake every once in awhile

You can also turn it upside down a couple times too, just make sure the lid is good and tight

The onions will actually really settle down into the jar when they are pickled

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Okay, enough about pickles

Let’s get back to the stew

Next we will need 1 large sweet potato that has been peeled and chopped into even pieces

You can also use 2 smaller sweet potatoes

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After the 2 hour and 30 minute mark, open up the slow cooker

Already looking rich and delicious

Things can only go up hill from here

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Add the sweet potatoes to the pot

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Mix to incorporate

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Cover and set the pot for slow cooker on high for 30 minutes

While that’s cooking, let’s get the next ingredients

We will need one 15.5 ounce can of black beans drained and rinsed and one red bell that has been chopped

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After the 30 minute mark add in the beans and peppers

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Stir to incorporate

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Cover and cook on high for another 20-30 minutes or until the sweet potatoes have softened and the bell peppers are slightly soft

Remove and discard the 3 bay leaves

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Though you can certainly serve this over rice we chose to toast some flour tortillas over our stove top and just have them on the side

Ladle a nice amount of this great stew into a bowl and be sure to top it with some of those delicious pickled onions!

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Enjoy!!!

Simply Sundays! ~ Brazilian Pork Stew

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients

3 pounds of pork stew meat

kosher salt

ground black pepper

olive oil

1 onion

2 celery stalks

3 garlic cloves

1 serrano pepper (seeds removed)

3 bay leaves

1 tablespoon of cocoa

1 tablespoon of chili powder

1 tablespoon of cumin

1 tablespoon of dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

1 tablespoon of Gravy Master

1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar

28 ounces of diced tomatoes (with the juice)

zest of 1 orange

1 sweet potato

1 red bell pepper

15.5 ounces of black beans (rinsed and drained)

For the pickled onions

1 red onion

1 serrano pepper (seeds removed)

zest of one orange

1/2 cup of orange juice

2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

tortillas for serving (optional)

Directions

Put your Instant Pot in saute mode and add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Sprinkle kosher salt and ground black pepper over 3 pounds of pork stew meat.  Brown the pork in batches to avoid over crowding them.  Remove and set aside

Once all the pork is browned add a little more olive oil to the pot.  Add in 1 large onion peeled and chopped, 2 celery stalks chopped, 3 chopped garlic cloves, 1 chopped serrano pepper (seeds removed) and 3 bay leaves.  Cook 4-6 minutes

Next add in 1 tablespoon of cocoa, 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 1 tablespoon of dry oregano, 1 tablespoon of cumin and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.  Stir the spices into the veggies and allow to cook for 2-4 minutes to toast them and release their aromatics

Next mix in 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of Gravy Master and 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar.  Allow these to bubble up.  Stir, scraping up any bits off of the bottom

Next add in one 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes and their juice along with the zest of 1 orange.  Stir these in again scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pot.  Add the pork back in along with any juices that may have gathered  Stir to incorporate

Set your Instant Pot from saute to slow cook, on high and the timer for 2 hours and 30 minutes.  If using the pressure cooker lid ensure you have the knob turned to “Venting” so it acts like a slow cooker.  We are using the normal glass slow cooker lid

After the 2 hour and 30 minute mark open up the slow cooker and add in 1 large sweet potato that has been peeled and chopped.  Stir to incorporate.  Cover and set the pot for slow cooker on high for 30 minutes

After the 30 minute mark is up add in one 15.5 ounce can of black beans that have been drained and rinsed along with one chopped red bell pepper.  Stir to combine. Cover and cook on high for another 20-30 minutes or until the sweet potatoes have softened and the bell peppers are slightly soft.  Remove and discard the 3 bay leaves

For the pickled onions

In a jar layer 1 red onion peeled and very thinly sliced,  1 chopped serrano pepper (seeds removed) and the zest from 1 orange

Pour in 1/2 cup of orange juice and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.  Cover the jar with a lid and give it a good shake every once in awhile

To serve

Toast some flour tortillas over the stove top (optional).  Ladle stew into a bowl and garnish with some pickled onions

Tools used to make this recipe

Architec Carving Board, Gripperwood

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6qt/1000W, Latest 3rd Generation Technology, Stainless Steel Cooking Pot and Exterior

Mini Prep Glass Bowl

Pyrex Mixing Bowl

Pyrex Prepware 1-Cup Measuring Cup

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2 comments on “Brazilian Pork Stew

  1. Pingback: Brazilian Pork Stew — Simply Sundays! | My Meals are on Wheels

  2. Now there’s a hearty meal. 🌿🌱🍃

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