Brazilian Black Beans (Feijoada) and Rice

–From Jeanie R.

These rich black beans have just a few ingredients, but the result is flavorful and delicious! Jeanie said she normally uses 4-5 slices of bacon to flavor her beans, but felt that real bacon bits or even jerky would be an acceptable shelf-stable substitute. I also found that Yoder’s, an Amish company based in Ohio, sells canned pork chunks containing just pork, salt and water. Their website boasts a 10-year shelf life! Definitely something to look into!  –Mellyn
Yield: About 8 servings

  • 1 lb black beans or 4 15-ounce cans or 2 home-canned quarts* 
  •  2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dried onion
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder or 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • Pork–about 1 lb**
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  1. Soak beans overnight in a large container. 
  2. Next morning, cook beans for 4-5 hours at low heat or until soft.
  3. In a large frying pan sauté olive oil, onion and garlic.
  4. Add meat, cooked beans and seasonings.  
  5. Simmer over low heat at least 30 minutes. 
  6. Serve over Brazilian Rice.
*I pressure can my black beans for convenience. Put  2 cups dried beans in a quart jar with 1 tsp salt, fill with water, leaving 1/2 inch head space and pressure cook at 10 lbs for 90 minutes.
** Other fresh options include leftover Sunday pork roast, leftover pork chops, or leftover pulled pork.


Brazilian Rice

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp garlic powder or 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • 3 cups rice
  • 6 cups water
  1. Saute garlic in olive oil on medium heat.
  2. Add rice and stir for a few minutes.
  3. Add water and bring to a boil.
  4. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.

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2 thoughts on “Brazilian Black Beans (Feijoada) and Rice

  1. This stuff is so good — a girl gave me a recipe for this a couple of years ago…and the green drink in the picture is…? haha

    • I asked Jeanie…it’s called Brazilian lime drink. She said it’s addictive and promised to share the recipe!