Black bean & meat stew - feijoada

Black bean & meat stew - feijoada

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 20 mins plus soaking

Skill level



Serves 4

Chorizo, pork ribs and pork shoulder make the base for this hearty Brazilian casserole with deeply savoury spiced pulses

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  • 250g dried black beans, soaked overnight, then drained
  • 100g streaky smoked bacon, cut into slices
  • 500g pork ribs
  • 3 chorizo cooking sausages
  • 500g pork shoulder, cut into 5cm cubes
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • pinch of chilli flakes
  • olive oil, for cooking
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar

To serve

  • steamed rice, chopped parsley or coriander, hot pepper sauce and wedges of oranges

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  1. Heat a large heavy-based saucepan with a fitted lid, add the bacon and fry until crisp. Remove and keep the oil in the pan. In batches sear the ribs, sausages and pork shoulder. Season each batch with salt and pepper.
  2. Remove the meat and set aside. Add the onion, garlic and chilli to the pan. Pour in a little olive oil if it needs more. Season with salt and pepper and fry for 8 mins or until soft.
  3. Add the meat, bay leaves, white wine vinegar and drained beans. Cover with just enough water to cover, about 650ml. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a low simmer. Cover and cook for 2 hrs, or until the beans are soft and the meat is tender. If there is too much liquid in the pot take the lid off in the last hr. You can also use a slow cooker on the short method (4 hr) or make a quick version using a pressure cooker in batches for 30 mins each. Another method is to cook it in the oven for 3-4 hrs at 160C/140C fan/gas 3.
  4. Serve with rice, a sprinkle of parsley or coriander, hot pepper sauce and orange slices.

Recipe from, June 2014

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joanna1972's picture
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This was wonderful, didn't change a thing, and have the ingredients in the fridge to do it again thins week ! I was a tad worried it my be too fatty with all that pork...but really it was yummy. Don't skip the orange on top....we squeezed it and it really made the dish! As for feeding four...seriously think 6-8, which makes it such a value meal!

deedeeandme's picture

Went down well with my Portuguese hubby who often eats this dish when he visits Brazil. Reduced the meat quantities slightly and doubled up on the black beans. It was enough to feed 6-8 people with this amount. Another winner for me!!! Thanks.

hazelp's picture

Serves 4? You're kidding! This will comfortably feed 8.
It's delicious though.



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