1 lb Portuguese sausage (chourico or linguica)
2 cans red beans (kidney, pinto...)
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 cups diced carrots
3 cups diced potatoes (red potatoes are best)
Cut up sausage into bite-size pieces (I usually tear mine apart for a more 'rustic' stew).
Add beans (do not drain), crushing half of the beans (this is what makes the stew thick).
Add water (I use the cans that the beans came in to measure the water, and use about 3).
Bring to a boil; lower heat and let simmer for about 1/2 an hour.
Add pepper, carrots and potatoes; let simmer for another 20 - 30 minutes.
This makes about 6 servings.
Great served with toasted French or Italian bread.