Brazilian Beans

You may have tasted it before… but how about you cooking a homemade Brazilian style beans?


Click here to see the recipe in Portuguese


Servings: 6 to 8

Preparation time: 2 hours



1 lb. pinto beans (or black beans)

1 minced onion

4 minced garlic cloves

1 tbs. canola (or olive) oil

salt to taste (about ½ tbs)




1 – In a colander, rinse beans in cold water until get clean (remove grains that are not good).

2 – Pour it into a pressure cooker, adding about 6-7 cups water and lock the lid.

3 – When the pressure builds up, lower the fire and let it cook for 30 minutes.

4 – Remove pressure cooker from heat and use quick-release (following manufacturer’s instructions) or allow pressure to drop on its own.

5 – In a pan, heat oil and saute onion and garlic.

6 – Mix in a few ladles of beans and add salt.

7 – Pour the mix into the pressure cooker, stirring well.

8 – Turn the heat to medium-high and let it cooks for 20 minutes more, mixing sometimes, to get thicken.



  • At point 4, beans should be soft. Taste a few grains and, if they are still hard, cook it for a few minutes more.
  • In step 5, you can add ½ cup chopped bacon.
  • Add 2 bay leaves in step 8.
  • White rice and beans are pretty much an everyday food in Brazil. Usually, it is served with some kind of meat and green salad or vegetables.


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