This comfort food is sometimes called the national dish of Brazil. A popular Brazilian dish owes its name to its main ingredient, black beans (feijão). It is a rich stew traditionally, slow-cooked with beans and different parts of the meat, however, I have kept mine very simple with just beef cubes and sausages. It is a blend of juicy and fatty flavors of meat and creamy, soft, and mild flavors of the beans. I have made this recipe speedy by using a store-bought Black Bean Can and kept the flavors to the real Feijoada taste. I know a lot of people will not agree with the canned beans, but when you are running short of time and still want some variety in your kitchen, it is a good option.
Calories – 280c
Prep time – 5 minutes
Cook time – 40 minutes
Serves – 2
250gms Beef Cubes
150gm Beef Sausage (optional)
400gms Black Beans (ready to eat or uncooked)
2 Bay Leaves
2 Garlic Cloves
Seasoning (salt, black pepper, and red chili flakes)
Garnish (spring onion)
Note: If you are using uncooked beans, please soak them in water for at least 3 hours before cooking.
If you are using canned black beans, please add it to the beef stew along with sausages, just 5 minutes before switching off the stove, as they are already cooked and mushy.
- Heat 3tbsp oil, add bay leaves, chopped onion, chopped garlic and cook until soft and fragrant. Add beef cubes and cook for about 2 minutes. Add salt as per your taste, 1tbsp black pepper, 1tbsp red chili flakes and mix well.
- Add the drained uncooked black beans, add 4 cups of water and cook until the meat is tender and the beans are soft. This should take at least 45 minutes. Add sausages just 5 minutes before switching of the gas.
- If you are using canned black beans, add the entire can along with the sausage pieces, just 5 minutes before switching off the gas. Garnish with spring onions.
This is really simple and easy on spices and ingredients. It is best served with white rice and cassava flour. However, I have enjoyed this easy and flavorful stew with white steam Rice and a Spinach stir-fry on the side. Please let me know if you like this easy Feijoada recipe and share more ideas with me via contact me on the homepage.