Black beans Brazilian Style


  • 1 lbs (500g) Black Beans (If using canned beans 1 1/2 lbs (750g)
  • 7 large cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 bouillon cube of beef
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 360g smoked bacon lardons
  • 12 oz (340g) smoked kielbasa sausage (optional)
  • Cilantro or parsley to taste


1 - Wash the beans and let it soak on a bowl full of water for at least five hours. 

2 - Then put the beans, bayleaf, bouillon and sliced sausages (if using it) in a pressure cooker with a layer of water to cover them and an extra 3/4 inch of water above the layer of beans. You can use an Instant Pot for this. Cook for 40 minutes until the beans are cooked. (Instant pot setting is high pressure for 40 minutes).

3- In the meantime, fry the lardons until cooked, and set aside. Then fry the garlic in the bacon fat and set aside.

4 - When the beans are cooked, add the garlic and bacon and stir well as you bring to the boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes before serving. Season with salt to taste before serving (here the lardons were quite salty and no salt was needed.)


    If you don't have a pressure cooker or an Instant pot dont worry. You can also cook the beans on a regular pan. It will take two hours. There is also the very easy way to do it. Simply buy black beans already cooked on the can and use them insted. The flavour will come good as well!

    This recipe serves five.

    Serve the beans with white rice. Optionally, garnish with farofa (toasted manioc flour) and some hot sauce like Tabasco.

    Or you may want to serve it up as a side dish with some chicken or steak (picanha).