Recipes from Cape Verde: Carne Gizado (Beef Stew with Root Vegetables)

Recipes from Cape Verde

Carne Gizado

Country: Cape Verde
Course: Main
Makes: 4-6 servings


  • 1-2 lbs cubed meat, pork or beef
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 white potatoes
  • 1 lb mandioca root
  • 1 medium white yam
  • 1 green banana
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix the vinegar with the salt, pepper, garlic and bay leaf. Trim the fat off the meat and marinade in the vinegar mixture overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Add the beef and marinade to a pot with the onions and the cooking oil. Cook over low heat until nearly done.
  3. Meanwhile, peel the potatoes, yams, yuca and bananas. Add to the pot.
  4. Add enough water to cover and cook on low until all the vegetables are tender (the yuca will take the longest).
  5. Season to taste with salt, pepper, paprika and some extra garlic (if desired).