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Brazilian Pork, Beef and Black Bean Stew

Serve up a taste of Rio with this dish called feijoada in Brazil. This is a crowd-pleasing recipe with zing and zest in equal measure. Bring some sunshine to your table tonight with this hearty stew. This is considered to be the national dish of Brazil and is packed full of meaty goodness. For more wonderful pork dishes, visit

What you’ll need

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons garlic, chopped

2 cups onion, chopped


Ground black pepper

2 bay leaves

1 pound carne seca or other variety of salted, cured beef – soak overnight and cut into cubes

1 pound black beans

1 pound chorizo sausage

1 pound babyback ribs

4 cups cooked white rice

10 cups water

Brazilian hot sauce

4 cups kale greens

1 orange, halved


Take a large saucepan and add the oil. Heat over a medium heat and when hot, add the garlic and onions. Add the crushed bay leaves to the pan.

Add in some salt and pepper and saute for 5 minutes. Throw in the sausage and cook for another 4 minutes. Add in the cubed beef, ribs, water and beans. Bring to the boil and then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until beans become tender approximately 2 hours.

Take a ladle and mash of the beans adding more salt and pepper to taste.

Serve by spooning the greens and rice onto each plate and ladling the sauce over the top. Sprinkle hot sauce over the top and garnish with slices of orange.

For the Farofa

What you’ll need

3 tablespoons butter


2  cups manioc flour


Take a large pan and heat the butter over a medium heat. Mix in the flour and a pinch of salt. Cook until golden for about 5 minutes and remove from heat.


Why not turn your Brazilian food fest into a real fiesta The perfect drink to serve alongside a feijoada is Brazil’s favorite cocktail called a Caipirinha. This drink is the most common alcoholic drink in Brazil and is made by fermenting fresh sugarcane juice which is distilled. If you’re not a fan of lime then you can replace with any other fruit of your choosing.

What you’ll need

1 lime

1 barspoon sugar

2 ounces cacha’a


Take a glass with a heavy bottom and place the lime wedges and sugar inside. Shake gently, add the cacha’a and ice and then stir gently. Present with additional lime wedge garnish.


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