Brazil- Feijoada Recipe

Feijoada with rice and spinach

One of the very traditional dishes I have tried in Brazil is feijoada. It is a combination of seasoned black bean and meats, and is often served with rice and cassava powder (manioc). This recipe for feijoada is simplified and uses tinned black beans instead of dried. I viewed a number of recipes including this one from BBC Good Food. However, I adapted some of the ingredients and instructions to make it as easy as possible. One of my adaptations was to use the air fryer to pre-cook the bacon, instead of frying it. I think the final dish still tasted very good, if not totally authentic!

Cooking the bacon in the air fryer
Cooking the bacon in the air fryer
Pre-cooking the sausage and pork belly
Pre-cooking the sausage and pork belly


2 400g tins of black beans, drained
100g streaky smoked bacon, cut into slices
500g pork belly slices, with excess fat trimmed off the edges
225g chorizo sausage, cut into 2 inch pieces
Large pinch of chili flakes
3 onions , chopped
4 garlic cloves , finely chopped
Olive oil , for cooking
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 cups white rice, steamed
Handful of chopped parsley
Dried cassava powder (manioc)


In a large saute pan, fry the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon and set aside, keeping the oil in the pan. If there is not enough oil then add some olive oil. Next, in batches, sear the sausages and pork belly. Season each batch with salt and pepper.

Remove the meat and set aside. Then add the onion, garlic and chili to the pan. Add another tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and fry for 5 minutes or until soft.

Add the meats, bay leaves, white wine vinegar, and drained black beans to the pan. Then add just enough water to cover, about 500 ml. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a low simmer. Cover and cook for at least an hour, or until the meat is tender. If there is too much liquid in the pot take the lid off and cook for another half hour.

Serve with rice, chopped parsley and cassava powder.

All Feijoada ingredients in the pan
All Feijoada ingredients in the pan
Feijoada ready to serve
Feijoada ready to serve

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