Recipe by John J. Pacheco
"This is marinated beef, Portuguese style. As a variation to cooking, I place all ingredients in a slow cooker on high, stirring often, and cook for about 3 hours, until meat shreds itself."
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beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
hot pepper sauce
salt and ground black pepper to taste
I grew uo in New Bedford and I always had cacoila made with pork. I tried this recipe and it was good, however I like mine much spicier and I still think I prefer it made with pork. (I marinade it for 2 to 3 days first) My grandfather was from the Azores and maybe that explains the difference of beef or pork.
im portuguese but my family uses pork for cacoila. and lots more garlic and we use crushed red pepper. i tried this recipe and it wasnt to bad but it is better with the pork.and we serve it with fries or rice.i live in fairhaven and cacoila is very popular here especially at the portuguese feasts they sell alot of cacoila sandwiches.and its pork meat.
This recipe is not bad, it is pretty much how you make cacoila. I'm portuguese and the only thing I do different is I add a ton more garlic than this. I buy the minced in the jar and just put a few big spoons. Also when I make my cacoila I add onion powder and salt. We just throw a bunch spices in our dishes. And I don't use allspice in my cacoila but as long as you have the wine, paprika, onion, garlic, salt and pepper it'll be good. Also you can just add a splash of orange juice instead of having to zest and juice oranges.
I'm Portuguese and was so happy to see this recipe. It reminded me of home. It was delicous. I can't wait to serve it to my family and friends. The BEST......
This is very close to how I have made my cacoila for years. I usually make this with 6 to 10 pounds of pork and never really measure anything. My only differences are that I use portuguese allspice, crushed red pepper flakes and cinnamon. Don't be afraid to make this and adjust ingredients for your own preferences. This is my most requested dish from family and friends.
I made this recipe to break in my slow cooker. Awesome.
I agree with other reviewers that more garlic and heat are needed for authenticity, but the basic recipe is good. I had thick steaks labeled "for braising" that I think were top round that I just cut into 3" pieces. It all falls apart if cooked right anyway, so size doesn't really matter ;) Also, I don't use allspice or bay leaves at all because I like the purely wine-paprika-hot pepper-garlic taste. I only use a splash of orange juice as well and throw the whole kit-and-kaboodle in the crock pot!
This dish had an interesting flavour (garlic/peppery/orange) and the meat turned out tender yet firm. I marinated the meat for 24 hours which it needs to make sure the flavours are maximized. Don't know why the recipe says to add water during cooking as the marinade reduced down to a nice gravy to serve over the meat and rice. My boyfriend thought it was wonderful so I will be making it again!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Portuguese Beef - Cacoila
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 270
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