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Brazilian Black Bean Soup Recipe

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How to Make Brazilian Black Bean Soup (Feijoada)

Feijoada, a traditional Brazilian dish, is a rich and hearty black bean stew made with various cuts of pork and beef. This iconic dish has its roots in Portugal and is a favorite in Brazil due to its flavorful and comforting nature. Feijoada is commonly enjoyed during large gatherings and celebrations, symbolizing warmth and togetherness.

Ingredients for Authentic Feijoada

For the Beans

  • 2 cups dried black beans
  • 6 cups water

For the Meat

  • 1 lb pork shoulder, cut into chunks
  • 1 lb beef chuck, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 lb smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1/2 lb chorizo, sliced
  • 2 pork hocks
  • 4 strips of bacon, chopped

For the Flavor Base

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Serving

  • White rice
  • Orange slices
  • Collard greens
  • Hot sauce (optional)

Instructions to Make Feijoada

Preparing the Beans

Soak the Beans: Rinse the dried black beans and soak them in water overnight.

Cook the Beans: Drain and rinse the soaked beans. Please place them in a large pot with 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour or until tender.

Preparing the Meat

Brown the Meat: In a large skillet, brown the pork shoulder and beef chuck over medium-high heat. Transfer the browned meat to the pot with the beans.

Cook the Sausages: In the same skillet, cook the smoked sausage and chorizo until browned. Add them to the pot with the beans and meat.

Add Pork Hocks and Bacon: Place the pork hocks and chopped bacon into the pot.

Sauté the Onion and Garlic: In the same skillet, sauté the chopped onion until translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.

Combine Ingredients: Add the sautéed onions and garlic to the pot with the beans and meat. Add the bay leaves, ground cumin, and paprika. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cooking the Feijoada

Simmer: Cover the pot and simmer the Feijoada on low heat for 2-3 hours. Stir occasionally, ensuring the beans and meat are tender and the flavors meld together.

Adjust Seasoning: Taste the Feijoada and adjust the seasoning if needed.

Serving Feijoada:

Prepare the Sides: Serve the Feijoada hot with white rice, orange slices, collard greens, and hot sauce on the side. Get these vegetables fresh from Key Food to elevate the taste.

Enjoy: Enjoy your authentic Brazilian Feijoada, savoring the rich flavors and hearty texture.

Discover the Rich Flavors of Brazilian Feijoada

Feijoada is a beloved Brazilian dish that stands out for its rich flavors and hearty ingredients. This Brazilian black bean soup is perfect for gatherings and special occasions, bringing people together with its comforting taste. By following this authentic recipe, you can experience a true taste of Brazil in your kitchen. Get all authentic ingredients from Key Food Supermarket to experience authentic taste. 

Enjoy the delightful combination of beans, pork, and spices, and make your meal memorable with traditional accompaniments like rice, oranges, and collard greens.

Feijoada is most common in Brazil, especially in the regions of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, where it is often served on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The dish’s unique blend of ingredients and flavors makes it a favorite among Brazilians and a must-try for anyone interested in authentic Brazilian cuisine.