Feijoada (Brazilian Black Bean and Meat Stew)

    2 hours

    A very traditional Brazilian stew made of black beans, sausage and all the tasty bits of pork. For a traditional Brazilian spread, serve with white rice and collard greens.

    12 people made this

    Serves: 10 

    • 8L water
    • 1kg dried black beans, rinsed
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 4 bay leaves
    • 400g bacon
    • 500g dried beef, cut in pieces
    • 2 unsalted pig's feet
    • 250g smoked pork ribs
    • 2 unsalted pig's tails
    • 100g pork belly, cut in half
    • 1 unsalted pig's ear, cut in thirds
    • 1 smoked sausage, cut in pieces
    • 500g spicy sausage, cut in pieces
    • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
    • 4 garlic cloves, diced
    • 2 onions, diced
    • 2 large bunches fresh parsley, chopped

    Preparation:2hours  ›  Ready in:2hours 

    1. Add 6 litres of water, beans, salt, pepper and bay leaves to a very large casserole or saucepan. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 50 minutes.
    2. Cut half of the bacon into large cubes, and the other half into small cubes. Set aside.
    3. Meanwhile, bring another large saucepan with 2 litres water to the boil over high heat. Add the beef, pig's feet and pork ribs. Simmer for 25 minutes. Add the pig's tail, large bacon cubes, pork belly, pig's ear and sausages; simmer for 25 minutes more.
    4. Transfer the meats to the bean mixture and simmer for 45 minutes.
    5. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the garlic for 45 seconds, then transfer it to the beans.
    6. In the same pan, fry the small bacon cubes for 2 minutes. Add the onion and cook until it is soft and browned. Add parsley and stir well. Add the mixture to the beans, stir and cook for 25 minutes or until everything is well cooked.
    7. Remove the meats and place on a serving dish. Pour the beans in another serving dish and serve hot with rice.

    Dried Beef

    The dried beef called for in this recipe is called charque or carne seca in Brazil. It can be hard to find in Australia and New Zealand, and can be omitted if necessary.

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    Feijoada - Traditional Brazilian black bean and meat stew
    Feijoada - Traditional Brazilian black bean and meat stew

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    Great recipe!  -  08 Feb 2017  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)