Feijoada (Pork Stew)

Feijoada (Pork Stew)

Often considered as a national dish of Brazil, this strongly-flavoured stew is traditionally prepared with black beans and a variety of salted pork and beef products, and served with "farofa" (toasted cassava flour). This version is much simpler, less greasy, and also much healthier.

8 servings
Soaking 8 h
Preparation 15 min

Cooking 2 h 30 min

340 calories per serving 


1 cup black beans (dried)   200 g
1.8 kg pork shoulder, with bone, rind removed    
3 tbsp olive oil   45 mL
2 onions, chopped   400 g
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped    
3 slices bacon, chopped   60 g
1 dried chili peppers, finely chopped   0.4 g
2 tbsp white vinegar   30 mL
2 cups water, enough to cover   500 mL
2 bay leaf   0.4 g
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste    

Before you start

The beans must be soaked in water overnight.


  1. Soak the beans overnight in a large bowl. In the morning, drain the water and set beans aside.
  2. Debone the meat then cut it into large cubes. Keep the bone.
  3. Heat half of the oil in a heavy-based pan with a fitted lid. Add the meat pieces and bone, then sauté until golden-coloured, about 6-8 min. Season with a little salt and pepper, then set aside on a plate.
  4. Add half the onions and garlic to the pan with the bacon, then sauté about 3 min, with stirring. Put the meat and bone back into the pan. Add the beans, bay leaves and vinegar. Cover with just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a low simmer. Cover and cook for about 2 h 30 min, or until the beans are very soft and the meat is tender.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, take about one cup of beans out of the pan. In a small pan, fry the beans in the remaining oil together with the remaining onions and garlic. Take the pan off the heat then crush the beans, using a fork or a wooden spoon. Add this mixture to the feijoada to thicken the sauce. Serve.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (200g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




14 g

22 %

Saturated 4 g
+ Trans 0 g

20 %


90 mg


135 mg

6 %


20 g

7 %


5 g

21 %


2 g


32 g

Vitamin A

0 %

Vitamin C

6 %


4 %


20 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: ½ serving
Grain Products: 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: serving

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Free :
Added Sugar
Source of :
Copper, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin E
Good source of :
Fibre, Iron, Manganese, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6
Excellent source of :
Folacin, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B12, Zinc

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This recipe is in the following categories: Pork | Main courses/Entrées | Diabetes-friendly | High Fibre | High Iron | Braise/Stew | South American

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