Spicy Brazilian Beans and Rice – A Taste of Brazil at Home

Brazilian cuisine is a melting pot of flavors and culinary traditions that reflects the country’s rich history and diverse culture. From spicy stews and seafood dishes to cheesy bread and tropical fruits, there’s no shortage of delicious food to discover in Brazil.

One of the most iconic dishes of Brazilian cuisine is beans and rice. Served as a side dish or as the main course, this humble yet flavorful combination of staple ingredients is a national favorite that transcends region and social class.

In this recipe article, I’ll be sharing with you my take on the classic Brazilian beans and rice dish. Using a mixture of dried kidney beans and black beans, smoked sausage, bacon, garlic, onion, vinegar, and spices, this recipe delivers an authentic flavor that’s both hearty and comforting.

Whether you’re looking for a filling meal on a budget or want to experience a taste of Brazil from the comfort of your own home, my Brazilian beans and rice recipe is sure to impress. So grab your apron and let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Brazilian Beans and Rice
Brazilian Beans and Rice

Do you want to try a dish that combines the flavors of Brazil and America? Look no further than this Brazilian Beans and Rice recipe. This dish is both delicious and nutritious, making it an ideal meal for any time of day.

Let me tell you why I think you’ll love this recipe. First of all, it is simple to make, so those who do not have much cooking experience can quickly learn how to prepare it. Additionally, it features ingredients that are widely available in grocery stores, so you won’t have to go out of your way to find any specialty items.

But the real reason you’ll love this dish is the perfect combination of flavors and textures. The earthy beans and the fluffy white rice create a balanced base for savory spices such as garlic, oregano, and bay leaves. And with the addition of slices of bacon or smoked sausage, this dish has just the right level of smokiness and saltiness that will keep you coming back for more.

Not only is this recipe easy and delicious, but it has deep cultural roots as well. Brazilian Beans and Rice is considered Brazil’s national dish, often referred to as “feijoada.” It’s an authentic Brazilian recipe that has been passed down through generations, making it a true staple in Brazilian cuisine.

And finally, if you’re looking for additional health benefits when preparing this dish, consider using cauliflower rice instead of white rice or swapping dried kidney beans with black beans to increase fiber content.

Overall, there are plenty of reasons why you’ll love this recipe – from its ease-of-preparation to its complex yet balanced flavors, cultural significance and health benefits. So don’t wait any longer! Give this Brazilian Beans and Rice recipe a try and experience its delicious taste for yourself.

Ingredient List

 White fluffy rice paired with savory black beans: the perfect Brazilian comfort food
White fluffy rice paired with savory black beans: the perfect Brazilian comfort food

Let’s start by listing all the ingredients you will need to make this delicious Brazilian beans and rice recipe at home. Don’t worry about finding any exotic ingredients, most of the items are readily available in your grocery or pantry.

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup dried kidney beans or black beans, soaked overnight or 6 hours (alternatively you can use canned beans)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar (optional)

While the ingredient list might seem long, most of them are pantry staples that you might already have in your kitchen. If you don’t have dried kidney beans, you can use canned beans as a substitute. If you prefer a smokier flavor, you can choose to add smoked sausage to the recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 This dish reminds me of my childhood in Brazil - warm, delicious, and always filling
This dish reminds me of my childhood in Brazil – warm, delicious, and always filling

Now that we have all the necessary ingredients, it’s time to get cooking! This recipe requires a few steps but, trust me, it will be worth it.

Step 1: Soak the Beans

Before we start cooking, we need to soak 1 pound of dried black beans or kidney beans overnight. Place them in a large bowl and cover them with water until they’re fully submerged.

Step 2: Cook the Beans

In a large pot or pressure cooker, heat 4 cups of water and 1 ham hock until it starts to boil. Add the soaked beans and 2 bay leaves. If you’re using a pressure cooker, cook the beans for approximately 45 minutes or until soft. Otherwise, cook them in the pot for about 1-2 hours on medium heat.

Step 3: Sauté the Bacon and Sausage

In a pan over medium heat, cook 4 slices of bacon until crisp. Remove from the pan and place on a paper towel to absorb excess oil. In the same pan, add 1 pound of smoked sausage sliced into rounds and cook until brown.

Step 4: Add Onion and Garlic

In the same pan as the sausage, add 1 medium chopped onion and cook on medium-high heat for five minutes. Add 2 cloves of minced garlic and continue cooking for an additional two minutes.

Step 5: Combine Ingredients

Add the cooked bacon and sautéed sausage, onion, and garlic to the cooked beans. Season with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of oregano.

Step 6: Finish Cooking

Cook everything together for about ten minutes under low-to-medium heat so that all flavors can meld together.

Step 7: Serve

It’s now time to serve your delicious Brazilian Beans and Rice recipe! Top a portion of white rice with the bean stew and garnish with sliced green onions.

Enjoy your authentic Brazilian-style black beans and rice dish, which is considered the national dish of Brazil, feijoada. This hearty meal can be paired with a variety of sides such as sliced oranges, fried plantains, and even cauliflower rice for a healthy twist.

Substitutions and Variations

 A little bit of everything in one bowl: protein, carbs, and flavor
A little bit of everything in one bowl: protein, carbs, and flavor

Brazilian beans and rice is a staple dish that can easily be customized to suit your taste preferences. Here are some substitutions and variations that you can try:

– Rice: White rice is traditionally used for this recipe, but you can use brown rice, jasmine rice or even cauliflower rice as a low-carb alternative.

– Beans: The most common beans used for this dish are black beans and dried kidney beans. If you can’t find these, you can swap them for red beans or navy beans.

– Bacon: If you don’t eat bacon for dietary or personal reasons, you can omit it altogether or use turkey bacon instead.

– Sausage: smoked sausage is usually used in the Brazilian version of this dish, but you can substitute it with chorizo or kielbasa sausage.

– Spices: Oregano and bay leaves are often used to season the beans. You can also add cumin or paprika for a smoky flavor.

– Vegetables: You can add chopped carrots, celery or bell peppers to the recipe for added nutritional value and color.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try making feijoada – the national dish of Brazil that features a variety of meats like ham hock, bacon and smoked sausage in addition to black beans.

Remember to adjust cooking times and liquid amounts if you choose any substitutes for the original recipe. Cooking is all about experimenting with new flavors and combinations – so feel free to make it your own!

Serving and Pairing

 The ultimate vegetarian dish that even meat lovers can't resist
The ultimate vegetarian dish that even meat lovers can’t resist

Brazilian Beans and Rice is a heartwarming dish that brings comfort and a taste of Brazil to tables around the world. The rice absorbs the flavors of the beans and the bacon, creating a delicious and hearty meal that everyone will enjoy. This dish is perfect for a cozy dinner on a cold winter night or for an outdoor gathering with friends and family.

To enhance the flavors of this dish, you can pair it with traditional Brazilian sides such as farofa (toasted cassava flour), collard greens, or crispy yucca fries. These sides add texture and depth to the meal, complementing the richness of the beans and rice.

For a refreshing contrast, you can serve a simple salad dressed with olive oil and white vinegar. The salad balances out the smoky flavor of the beans and provides a fresh crunch to each bite.

If you prefer something more savory, consider offering grilled sausages or pork ribs as an accompaniment to your Brazilian Beans and Rice. These meats are staples in feijoada, Brazil’s national dish, and they bring an authentic taste to your meal.

For a healthier option, you can replace white rice with cauliflower rice, adding more vegetables to your diet while still enjoying the delicious flavors of Brazilian cuisine.

Overall, serving Brazilian Beans and Rice is an excellent opportunity to experience Brazilian food culture at home. Its versatility allows it to be paired nicely with other side dishes or even enjoyed on its own as a rich stew.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Simplicity at its finest - Brazilian beans and rice with a dash of olive oil is all you need
Simplicity at its finest – Brazilian beans and rice with a dash of olive oil is all you need

Brazilian beans and rice are a dish that can be easily made-ahead to help reduce stress when entertaining. This dish has the added benefit of reheating really well, so it’s perfect for leftovers or meal-prepping. If you plan on making this dish ahead of time, follow these tips to make sure it stays fresh and flavorful.

To make-ahead: You can prepare the beans and rice the day before you plan on serving it. First, cook the beans and allow them to cool, then store them in an airtight container in the fridge. The next day, reheat the beans in a saucepan over medium heat until heated completely through. Next, cook the rice according to normal steps, then combine with the hot beans.

Storing: Brazilian beans and rice will last for up to five days when stored properly in an airtight container in the fridge. We suggest storing both the beans and rice separately until ready to serve.

Reheating: To reheat your beans and rice, add a splash of water to loosen up any solidified fats and microwave for around two minutes, stirring occasionally. Alternatively, heat on low-medium heat in a saucepan whilst stirring frequently until warmed through.

Note that after reheating, you might need to add some water as the dish can dry out during storage or cooling down process. For best results, always cover tightly while heating to keep the moisture from evaporating too quickly.

Overall, Brazilian beans and rice is an excellent choice when making ahead or reheating leftovers. By following these simple tips, you can enjoy this dish anytime without loss of flavour or texture.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Beans and rice may seem basic, but the spices make all the difference
Beans and rice may seem basic, but the spices make all the difference

When it comes to cooking Brazilian Beans and Rice, achieving the perfect result can be daunting, especially for those who have never cooked this dish before. In this section, I will share with you some tips to ensure that your dish comes out perfectly every time.

1. Soak the Beans

Soaking the beans is a crucial step in preparing Brazilian Beans and Rice. Soaked beans cook more evenly, reducing cooking time and ensuring a creamy texture. Ideally, beans should be soaked overnight. However, if you are short on time, you can use the quick-soak method by bringing the beans to a boil and then allowing them to sit for an hour before cooking.

2. Don’t Skimp on Seasoning

Brazilian cuisine is known for its bold, flavorful dishes, and Beans and Rice is no exception. Don’t be shy when it comes to seasoning your dish with garlic, onions, oregano, bay leaves, or smoked sausage. These ingredients give depth and richness to the flavor profile of the dish.

3. Use Quality Ingredients

Using quality ingredients can make all the difference in the final product. Opt for dry black or kidney beans instead of canned ones as they hold their shape better and have a more pronounced flavor. Also, choose high-quality bacon and sausage for maximum flavor.

4. Cook Low and Slow

To develop an intensely flavored bean stew that is rich in depth and complexity, cook your Brazilian Beans and Rice slow and low over medium heat for 2-3 hours until the beans are tender but not mushy.

5. Add Salt at the End

The rule of thumb when salting Brazilian Beans and Rice is to wait until they are almost cooked through before adding any salt. Adding salt earlier may toughen the beans’ skin or lengthen their cooking time.

By following these tips, you will be able to achieve a perfect Brazilian-style black bean stew that is rich in flavor and texture.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, as a chef specializing in Brazilian and American cuisine, I highly recommend trying this Brazilian Beans and Rice recipe. It is truly an authentic and delicious dish that has gained worldwide popularity for a reason. The Latin American country is known for its delicious feijoada, which is the national dish of Brazil, and this recipe has been inspired by it.

The combination of flavorful beans and perfectly cooked rice make this dish not only a crowd-pleaser but also a healthy meal option. Additionally, this recipe boasts versatility – you can substitute many of the ingredients to create variations that suit your unique taste preferences.

So why not take a culinary adventure and try making this recipe yourself? Trust me, you will not be disappointed. It’s sure to be a hit at your next family gathering or dinner party with friends.

Not only does this dish offer great taste, but it’s also packed with nutritious ingredients like beans, bacon, garlic cloves and more that will satisfy the hunger pangs and refresh your body.

In summary, the Brazilian Beans and Rice recipe is absolutely worth trying. Once you master the recipe, you’ll become a fan of this traditional Brazilian delicacy. So head to your kitchen to give it a try; let me know how it goes!

Brazilian Beans and Rice

Brazilian Beans and Rice Recipe

Recipe from Iara Bortolon.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 14 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Brazilian
Calories 158.3 kcal


  • 1 lb dried kidney beans (black, pinto, etc.)


  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

Onion Mixture

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 3 slices raw bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 lb sirloin (or any other raw meat(approximately 8-10 1-inch cubes)


  • 1 1/2 cups white rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt


  • Beans (Soaking): Rinse and sort beans. Cook beans with water in the pressure cooker for 30-40 minutes (I like to soak overnight, then cook for several hours in a crock pot).
  • Marinade: Combine all marinade ingredients. Marinade meat for an hour or two.
  • Onion Mixture: In frying pan, add oil. Cook onion, garlic and meat cubes.
  • After meat is cooked, reserve about 1/4 of mixture for the rice (reserving the large pieces of meat for the beans).
  • Beans: Add bacon to pan with onion mixture.
  • After bacon is cooked, add the cooked beans and some water until it is a little thick (I like to add all the frying pan ingredients to the crock pot and cook for several more hours).
  • Rice: Bring water to boiling. Add rice, salt and reserved onion mixture. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 152gCalories: 158.3kcalCarbohydrates: 22.1gProtein: 5.8gFat: 5.2gSaturated Fat: 1.6gCholesterol: 10.2mgSodium: 542.5mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 0.6g
Keyword Beans, Black Beans, Brazilian, Inexpensive, Pressure Cooker, Savory, South American, Stove Top
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.