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Feijoada Recipe– Healthy Brazilian Black Bean Stew

The dish is usually based on beef, pork, bacon, meat trimmings, and served with sausage. We’re going to make this flavorful dish vegetarian and simple! Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin inspired healthy cooking sauce is going to help give you those rich, long-cooking flavored, smoky notes, without the meat. It is customary to serve this dish with cooked rice and oranges, said to aid with digestion. What a great meal! Via National Geographic: As a celebratory dish, feijoada is traditionally served on Saturday afternoons or Sunday lunch and intended to be a leisurely midday meal. It is meant to be enjoyed throughout the day and not eaten under rushed circumstances. The meal is usually eaten among extended family and paired with an event like watching a soccer game or other social event. Because of the dish's heavy ingredients and rich flavors, feijoada is viewed as Brazilian soul food. In the city of São Paulo, feijoada is a common dish on restaurants on Wednesdays, mainly in the commercial area. In Rio de Janeiro, restaurants traditionally serve it on Fridays.
Servings 6


  • 2 cans black beans rinsed and drained (or substitute 4 cups cooked black beans
  • 15 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 jar Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin inspired healthy cooking sauce
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 cup water or low sodium broth
  • Salt to taste and chopped hot chili pepper to taste, optional
  • Hot cooked rice
  • Sliced, peeled oranges
  • Sausages or meat on the bone, optional


  • Simmer all of the ingredients, except for the rice and oranges, on low for 45 minutes. (Or cook in an electric pressure cooker for 10 minutes). If you choose to add meat add at the beginning and simmer longer, until the meat is fall-apart tender.
  • Serve over hot cooked rice with oranges on the side. Enjoy!