Sometimes the simplest recipe can taste the best! Linguica or kielbasa sausage and peppers only requires 5 ingredients and it doesn’t get any easier (or tastier) to get dinner on the table!
Cade worked as a missionary for our church for 2 years and absolutely fell in love with the food there. I mean, how could you not?! It is so good! I’m trying to add more delicious Brazilian dishes to our evening rotation and this Linguica recipe is my newest! Cade says it’s spot on!
We used to visit a Brazilian restaurant here in Utah every January to celebrate Cade’s birthday, but over the years it’s gone from delicious to downright awful. So I started doing more Brazilian recipes from home, kind of like our pao de queijo!
Linguica is so good, but it can be a bit tricky to find, so don’t hesitate to use any sausage you like, such as a kielbasa! Be sure to pair it with black beans and perfect white rice, or even better, some feijoada!
Remember how 5 ingredients is all you need?! I’m looking forward to a recipe with minimal ingredients, but still bold in flavor. Here is the list of things you will need:
- Linguica Sausage – a flavorful pork sausage that’s sometimes tricky to find so you can substitute other sausages if you wish – chorizo would be a good substitute, or kielbasa
- Mini Peppers – I love how thin and sweet the mini peppers are, but you can use a full-size pepper if you like. I would do a yellow one and a red one.
- Green peppers – just remove the seeds and slice the baby nice and thin
- Red Onion – You can honestly use any type of onion you want or have on hand, I happened to have a red one when I was photographing this recipe.
- Olive Oil – for caramelizing peppers and onions
The measurements for each ingredient are listed in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
What is Linguiça sausage?
Linguiça sausage (pronounced lin-gwee-sah) is a smoked pork sausage seasoned with chili, garlic, and paprika. It is most popular in Portugal and Brazil. It packs so much fantastic flavor! Whilst it can be difficult to find in store I would strongly recommend doing your best to get hold of it as the flavor really cannot be reproduced.
The secret of good sausage
One thing about sausage is that we like to toss it in and cook it quickly, but it’s even better if you give it a little time. The flavors really develop and permeate the peppers and onions as it all slowly cooks together. Low and slow baby!
What do you eat with Linguica sausage and peppers?
Brazil is all about rice and beans, but I’ve made mashed potatoes as a side dish before and I loved the creamy, buttery notes they added to the plate. If you stick with the classic rice, we have an entire post on how to cook the perfect white rice. We also have a recipe for Brazilian coconut rice that is also delicious with that sausage and peppers.
Black beans are common in Brazil, so I just make them with a little bay leaf, garlic powder, salt and simmer them. Then I sauté some onion and garlic in a pan until soft and then mash a few tablespoons of the beans in it and stir in the remaining beans.
Where can I buy Linguica?
I was lucky to find Linguica at Walmart and Smith’s, so just your average grocery store. You don’t have to go to a specialty store. You can find them right next to the other pork sausages in the refrigerated section.
One day Cade will take me to Brazil and show me all the places and people he has grown to love there, but until then I will keep eating Linguica and paprika! So damn tasty!
More of our favorite sausage recipes:
Linguica sausage and fried peppers
Sometimes the simplest recipe can taste the best! Linguica Sausage and Peppers only requires 5 ingredients and getting dinner on the table doesn’t get any easier!
- 4 Linguica Sausages or Kielbasa
- 12 Mini peppers Seeds removed, cut into thin slices
- 1 Green paprika Seeds removed, cut into thin slices
- 1 Red onion thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Heat the olive oil in a large Cast Iron Dutch Oven over medium-high heat. Add the peppers and onions and the sausage.
Season with salt and pepper and stir occasionally. Cook until onions are caramelized (about 10-15 minutes).
Serve with rice and beans.
Linguica sausage and fried peppers
Amount per serving (1 sausage)
Calories from fat 144
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
sugar 5 gr6%
Vitamin A 3214IE64%
vitamin C 151mg183%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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