3 Ways to Cook Brazilian Black Beans

Looking for some great bean recipes to add to your repertoire?

You’re in luck! The people of Brazil have some great dishes that are tasty and nutritious.

Let me introduce you to some wonderful recipes that include Brazilian black beans that you’re sure to love!

Feijoada—Brazil’s National Dish


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound choriço sausage
  • 1 pound carne seca
  • 1 pound baby back spareribs
  • 1 pound black beans
  • 10 cups of water
  • 4 cups collared or kale greens
  • salt and pepper
  • Brazilian hot sauce


In a large saucepan, add the olive oil and warm over medium heat. Meanwhile, chop the onions and mince the garlic, sauté in the oil. Next, crush the bay leaves and add to the pan with salt and pepper.

After 5 minutes, add the sausage and cook for 4 minutes. Meanwhile, cube the beef and ribs, and then add those along with the black beans, greens, and water to the pot.

Bring to a boil, then simmer until the beans are tender, about 2-3 hours. Add more water as necessary to keep beans submerged.

Once cooked, mash some of the beans to thicken the stock. Add hot sauce to taste.

Best served with batida!—a Brazilian spirit made with sugar cane juice that is similar to rum.

Brazilian Black Beans and Rice


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 cup yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 pounds black beans
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups long-grain jasmine rice
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh cilantro
  • Brazilian hot sauce


In a large soup pot, add olive oil and warm over medium heat. Chop the onion and bell pepper, and then sauté for about 3 minutes. Then, add crushed garlic and sauté for another a minute.

Stir in the beans, the vinegar, oregano, cumin, and cayenne. Let simmer while rice prepares.

To prepare rice, use another large soup pot. Add a thin layer of olive oil, then sauté 1 crushed garlic clove. Add uncooked rice to coat with oil, then add water. Let simmer for 20-25 minutes.

Serve beans and rice together. Garnish with fresh cilantro, and add hot sauce to taste.

Bom apetite!

Baked Brazilian Black Beans


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons red chile flake or cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1 large yellow-black plantain
  • 3 cups black beans
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper


Heat oven to 350°F.

In a large skillet, add olive oil and warm over medium heat. Chop onion and sauté until translucent. Add the chile and ginger and cook for another 5 minutes.

Transfer this mixture to a blender, and add tomatoes and plantain. Blend until smooth.

Combine this with the beans, water, and thyme in an oven-safe dish. Bake until bubbling, about 40 minutes.

Serve immediately, or let cool in the refrigerator for up to 3 days for the flavors to culminate.

Let’s Get Cooking!

There you have it, three great recipes for some tasty Brazilian black beans! Time to put it to the test in the kitchen and see what you like!

Check out some more Brazilian recipes for even more inspiration!

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