Portuguese Sausage and Peppers


Portuguese Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

I loved when my mom made this!  This is such a great recipe for anyone who’s unsure of their skills because it’s so forgiving; you can increase or decrease any of the ingredients to get the flavor you like best.  And feel free to use whatever type of sausage you like, I grew up with traditional Portuguese Linguiça or Chouriço but in a pinch use what you have.  Sautéing everything together creates a beautiful mix of flavors that is great in a sandwich or on top of rice (oh, so good on butter rice!).  I have beer in the ingredients and people always ask me what type of beer to use.  I always say use the beer or wine that you like to drink, and if you don’t like either go ahead or use water as your liquid.  Add it slowly to the pan so you don’t add too much and turn this into a soup!  I’m lucky, I have many local sources for Portuguese ingredients, but if you don’t and can’t get Portuguese tomato paste or pimenta moida go ahead and use your local options.

  • Author: Maria Lawton
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: about 6 sandwiches 1x
  • Method: sautee
  • Cuisine: Portuguese



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Olive oil

2 Tbsp Butter


1 Tsp of Paprika

1 Tbsp of tomato paste

1 Tbsp of Pimenta Moida (or your favorite hot sauce)

6 small onions, chopped thinly

4 garlic cloves, rough chopped to taste

2 green peppers, cleaned and chopped

1 lb of Linguica or sausage of your choice, cut down to your preference

1 cup of beer (or wine or water)


Pre-chop your ingredients:  Chop the onions into thin, half rounds, rough chop garlic into small pieces, and clean and chop your peppers into strips.  Your sausage can be cut in to whatever shape will work best for how you’re serving it, in a sandwich or over rice but I recommend bit size pieces.

Heat oil and butter in a skillet, and when hot enough to sizzle add all the onions.  After the onions are translucent, add your garlic and continue to Sautee until soft.  Next, add the pepper strips and cook until they are soft as well.


When the onions and peppers are sautéed, add 1 teaspoon of paprika and stir.  Make a small well in the middle of the pan to add one tablespoon of tomato paste and stir well again.  Now add your sausage and pimenta moida/hot sauce, and as it cooks start adding your liquid a few ounces at at time.  Once the sausage is cooked and you’ve added enough liquid, reduce the heat, cover,  and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.  After simmering, give it all another good stir and check for it to be cooked to the consistency you prefer.  That’s it!  Now it’s time to serve!


Keywords: linguica, chourico, sausage, peppers, sandwich. pimenta moida, popsec

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