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Brazilian Rice and Beans

Brazilian Rice and Beans

Brazilian Beans and Rice

In the wonderful country of Brazil, rice and beans is a staple part of most Brazilians’ diet. This easy recipe shows you how to make some traditional Brazilian rice and beans with just a few ingredients.

brazilian black beans

Brazilian Catering

My wife is Brazilian, and I have been very fortunate to have travelled to the beautiful country of Brazil many times. Both for business and for pleasure.

A few years ago I was Project Quality Manager on an FPSO project destined for Brazilian waters and hence was very busy auditing many companies in Brazil on their ability to deliver complex industrial equipment for our project.

This brought me to many different places and companies, mainly in the States of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo.


Nearly all of these Brazilian companies have canteens where they feed their employees at lunchtime. In all of them, the catering was very similar, and rice and beans (feijão in Portuguese) was nearly ALWAYS on the menu. It was served together with a choice of meat (normally chicken or beef) and vegetables and salad.

In fact, most Brazilians will eat rice and beans almost every day of the week in some form or another.

I think it is something that is in the blood, as even my teenage daughter, who has never even lived in Brazil says this is her favourite food.

feijão gordo

Cooking the beans

The only thing that seemed to vary between the different canteens was the colour of the beans. They seemed to be black around Rio and brown in São Paulo state.

I have used some black beans in this recipe. But you could just as easily use some brown beans if you prefer. We avoid soaking the beans by giving them a thorough rinsing before cooking them under pressure.

It is, of course, possible to cook dry beans without a pressure cooker. But then you would have to soak overnight beforehand and they would take a lot longer to cook.

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Brazilian Rice and Beans

You can also use tinned black beans to make this recipe. These are normally pre-soaked, and do not require cooking in the pressure cooker. But they will never be quite as authentic or taste as good as the real thing, cooked from dry beans.  

Feijão or Feijoada?

As we have added some smoked lardons to this recipe, it is not really just feijão (beans), but really it is a feijão gordo (fat beans) recipe. If we went a step further and added more pieces of pork or Brazilian sausages, like linguica or calabresa, then it would become a ‘feijoada’, which in some states of Brazil is considered the national dish.

I have eaten some delicious feijoada on the top floor of the Rio Othon Palace on the Copacabana, and really, if you get the chance, you must try it. At the weekends they used to have a large selection of different types. Absolutely delicious!

brazilian beans

This recipe is really a simple beans recipe, but if you have never tried them, please give it a go. My wife loves making this as it reminds her of home. We will survive for several days on the quantities in this recipe (that were based on the size of the bag of beans). It is cheap and easy, what more could you want?

In Brazil, the beans will stay in the pot on the stove and the next day they will be re-boiled before serving. But we like to keep them in the fridge though between meals just to be safe!

These beans taste even better the next day. The sauce does thicken up though overnight, so you will need to add some more water when you re-heat them.

brazilian beans recipe

What to serve with Brazilian rice and beans

You may wish to serve this meal with some farofa which is manioc flour (or cassava). Manioc is a root that is also a staple food in Brazil as much as we would eat potatoes.

We normally serve this up with a fried egg. which combines perfectly with the taste of the beans and bacon. Another of my Brazilian favourites is in fact deep fried manioc, which I think tastes just so much better than our French fries. This makes a good side dish.

I hope you enjoy making this recipe. Please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make Brazilian Rice and Black Beans

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brazilian rice and beans

Brazilian Rice and Beans

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This easy recipe will give you some delicious Brazilian black beans, perfect when served with some boiled white rice and a fried egg.


  • 500g Black Beans (I used Black turtle beans in these photos)
  • 7 large cloves garlic, sliced
  • 360g smoked bacon lardons
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash the beans and separate any bad ones (this may not be necessary - it depends on the quality of the beans you are using).
  2. Then put the beans in a pressure cooker with a layer of water to cover them and an extra 3/4 inch of water above the layer of beans. I use my Instant Pot for this. Cook for 40 minutes until the beans are cooked. (Instant pot setting is high pressure for 40 minutes).
  3. In the meantime, fry the lardons until cooked, and set aside. Then fry the garlic in the bacon fat and set aside.
  4. When the beans are cooked, add the garlic and bacon and stir well as you bring to the boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes before serving. Season with salt to taste before serving (here the lardons were quite salty and no salt was needed.)


Serve the beans with some boiled white rice (we use basmati rice at home) and a fried egg. Make sure you rinse and soak your rice before cooking to stop it sticking.

Optionally, garnish with farofa (toasted manioc flour) and some hot sauce like Tabasco.

Or you may want to serve it up as a side dish with some chicken or steak (picanha).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 297Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 832mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 6gSugar: 0gProtein: 21g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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Suzanne Ernster

Saturday 23rd of October 2021

How do you make the farofa you show in the picture of your beans and rice dish? It looks delicious.


Monday 1st of November 2021

Hi there. I do not show farofa in any of the photos in this post. I think you are referring to the rice perhaps? Normally you buy farofa already prepared in a bag, like you would with normal flour. It would be served separately and you sprinkle the amount you want on top of the beans.


Sunday 11th of July 2021

I like beans with dried and salted meat or charque in Portuguese.

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