Brazilian Food,  Mains

Feijão Preto – Black Beans

Beans are one of the most common ingredients in Brazil. We do love our beans and if it comes with rice, fried kale and a piece of meat we don’t really need anything else in life. There are so many kind of beans but the three most popular in Brazil are black beans, black eyed beans and pinto beans. I do love black beans so I cook it most of the time, but you can use this recipe with any kind of beans you want. Enjoy it!


  • 375g black beans
  • 2 chorizo sausages
  • 100g bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • cumin to taste
  • 1.5L beef stock
  • 20g parsley
  • 20g coriander
  • 15g spring onion


  1. Soak the beans in water for a minimum of 30minutos. Heat a pot and fry the chorizo sausages in the pot without oil.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and let it all cook until the onion becomes translucent.
  3. Add bacon and cook for a few more minutes. Add the spices and bay leaves, take the beans out of the water and add them to the mixture.
  4. Add the stock, cover and cook it at a high temperature until it boils. Then set to medium heat and cook for 20 minutes.
  5. After the 20 minutes you may need to add some more stock. Add parsley, coriander and spring onion. If you want the beans to remain firm, let it cook for 15minutes, or if you want the beans soft, leave it cooking for 25 minutes.
  • For those who want to know how I make the kale, it is super simple.
    In a frying pan, at medium heat I add the quantity of kale I want, a bit of olive oil, salt and black pepper and let it fry a bit, just enough to make it crunchy.