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Okra Stew (Quingombós Guisados)


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Bowl of Okra

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Most people think of okra as a southern tradition. However, okra originated in Africa and was brought to the Americas with the slave trade. So, it shouldn't be surprising to find Latin Caribbean dishes where okra is the start attraction. If you prefer a spicier stew, add more jalapeños to this dish.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 2 pounds fresh okra (cleaned and trimmed)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups onions (chopped)
  • 3 cups ripe tomatoes (peeled, seeded, chopped)
  • 1 medium jalapeño chili (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)


1. In a heavy skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

2. Saute the onions in the olive oil until soft and transparent, about 3 minutes.

3. Stir in the tomatoes, chilies, and garlic. Cover and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.

4.Add the okra, salt, and pepper.

5.Mix the ingredients until thoroughly incorporated.

6.Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer until okra is tender, approximately 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Servings: Serves approximately 8 people.

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