Feijoada Nordestino (Northeastern Brazilian Black Bean Stew)

Feijoada Nordestino (Northeastern Brazilian Black Bean Stew)

Soups, Stews and Chili Stews

A version of feijoada from Northeastern Brazil. Feijoada is a dish made throughout Brazil, and there are many versions, but this recipe is the most common 'day-to-day' version you'll encounter in backyard barbeques and birthday parties in the Northeast.

Servings per recipe: 6
Calories per serving: 467
Preparation time: 30m
Total cooking time: 1h 50m


  • 1/2 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/4 pound smoked ham, diced
  • 1/4 pound calabresa (Portuguese smoked sausage), cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 leaves collard greens, cut into fine ribbons, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups cassava flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter, or to taste
  • 4 cups cooked white rice
  • 4 oranges, cut in wedges, or as desired
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro


  • 1   Combine beans, onion, ham, calabresa, 3 cloves garlic, salt, cumin, black pepper, and bay leaf in a pressure cooker; cover with water to fill line.
  • 2   Close cooker securely and place pressure regulator over vent according to manufacturer's instructions. Cook at high pressure until regulator is gently rocking, 5 to 7 minutes. Reduce pressure to low. Cook, adding water halfway if needed, until beans are tender and water is reduced to your liking, about 1 hour.
  • 3   Turn off heat. Let pressure release naturally according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock lid and remove. Let feijoada cool until ready to serve.
  • 4   Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute remaining 1 clove garlic and collard greens until just tender, about 2 minutes.
  • 5   Place cassava flour in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until toasted, about 3 minutes. Stir in butter.
  • 6   Serve feijoada with the collards-garlic mixture, toasted cassava flour, rice, orange wedges, and cilantro.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 12.1g 19%
    Saturated Fat 4.0g  
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 1089mg 44%
Potassium 741mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 77g 25%
Dietary Fiber 4.9g 20%
Protein 12.2g 24%
Sugars 4g  
Vitamin A 1820IU  
Vitamin C 30mg  
Calcium 122mg  
Iron 3mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 5mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 38mg  
Folate 129mcg