Feijoada – Red Kidney Beans with Pork

28 Jun

Feijoada is a Portuguese recipe and become a popular dish in all it’s colonies Brazil, Macau, Angola, Mozambique and of course Goa. For an American the all time favorite “Chili” is the closet to it. It always taste better the next day.

feijoa-feijoada-goan-brazillian-red-kidney-beans-pork-chili-recipe-spicy-porkFeijoada is derived from the word ” feijão, Portuguese for “beans“. Usually kidney beans or white beans along with pork and beef are used in Portugal. Brazilians use black beans and Goan’s use dark red kidney beans.

In the past I only made it with goan smoked pork sausages which is really easy. So when I was testing the recipe with marinated meat I realized how easy it was to make. This recipe could not have turned out any better than this after 2 previous failed attempts.

feijoa-feijoada-goan-brazillian-red-kidney-beans-pork-crockpot-recipeIt is a 2 step process. First the meat needs to be marinated and then the feijão are cooked along with the marinated meat. The longer you marinate the meat, the better the feijoada tastes. I marinated my meat for 2 whole days and during the day I kept it out to dry in the California sun. The meat soaked up the spices well.

feijoa-feijoada-goan-brazillian-red-kidney-beans-pork-ground-turkey-chili-recipeServing Size: 6-8


1 lbs of pork meat with some fat

5-6 tbsp of recheado masala

4 cans of dark red kidney beans

8-10 fresh garlic cloves grated.

2 medium onions diced

2 medium ripe tomatoes diced

4 cups of water

Salt to taste


Cut the meats in small cubes about 1/2″. Wash and dry with paper towel. Apply 1.5 tsp of salt, fresh garlic and recheado masala paste. Marinate for a minimum of 24 hrs.

Drain the liquid from the canned beans. Keep aside.

Heat a pot and saute the onions till translucent. Next add the tomatoes saute till softened.

Next add the marinated pork meat and saute for 4-5 minutes.

Add the water and cook covered on medium heat for 20-25 minutes till beans are soft. Check and stir in between so the beans do not stick to the bottom.


Serve hot. Enjoy with white rice, bread or roti.

Make a vegetarian or vegan version of the famous Goan Feijoada Recipe with Soya Nuggets for meat texture.


48 Responses to “Feijoada – Red Kidney Beans with Pork”

  1. quercuscommunity July 10, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    Looks great!

  2. ruthann1 July 10, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    Dear Nandini,
    At our house we love a Texas style chili I make on winter or dreary days. I’m excited about your recipe for Feijoada with it’s idea of using a marinated pork instead of ground chuck. Could you explain the ingredient recheado masala paste? Where can I find it?

    My guys love Mexican food ( I have a gluten-free tortilla soup on our blog), but Portuguese food intrigues me. I’m so glad you are sharing
    your passion for the rich Goan culture!!

    May God continue to bless your efforts!

    Your fellow cooking enthusiast,
    RuthAnn Ridley
    From a Chore to a Joy

    • Nandini July 10, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

      Dear RuthAnn,
      Thank You so much for your sweet words. Recheado Masala is a medium-hot spice paste depending how spicy you can handle. The spice paste is made by grinding fresh ginger, garlic, turmeric, sun dried red chilli, cumin, cloves and some more whole spices in vinegar. You can find it online at the following link
      If you need more info let me know.
      You take care and have a great weekend.
      God Bless

  3. dmariebates July 10, 2015 at 7:18 pm #

    This looks great! I love all kinds of beans and will try you recipe.

    • Nandini July 10, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

      That is awesome DMarie. Let me know how it goes 🙂

  4. fromthefamilytable July 10, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

    Many years ago, friends from Brazil made their version of feijoada. It was one of the memorable meals of my life. Your Goan version looks quite different, but it looks equally delicious. One thing I especially remember is that you definitely need a nap after the feast.

    • Nandini July 10, 2015 at 7:59 pm #

      That is so awesome Darryl. I haven’t had the Brazilian version as yet but you are right after a good feast a nap is a must. You have a great weekend 🙂

  5. Stan July 11, 2015 at 7:30 am #

    Heya Nandini!

    It’s that man again. Again Your FEIJOADA looks FAB. This dish looks amazing. The red kidney bins look great. I could live of this dish. This dish would stimulate anybody’s appetite. RECHEADO MASALA does the trick. Your presentation of dishes is MOUTHWATERING. By the way NANDINI did You post a recipe last friday? The reason I am asking is because I did not recipe Your post last friday. I have forwarded Your recipe to All My friends in the U.K and CANADA. As always We will give the recipe a go soon.


    Stan & Linda

    • Nandini July 11, 2015 at 9:53 am #

      Thank you Mr Stan for your encouraging words as always and for forwarding my recipes. I truly appreciate it 🙂 . I am sorry I missed posting last week as it was the 4th of July weekend and decided to take a break. I am happy to know that you and Mrs Stan will give this recipe a go. Hope the London sun is sunny and you all have a great weekend. Regards,

  6. travelingmind2anywhere July 11, 2015 at 7:48 am #

    This is great! I might make this one tomorrow for lunch 🙂

    • Nandini July 11, 2015 at 9:54 am #

      Oh! That will be so awesome. Please let me know how it goes 🙂

  7. Linda Fernandes July 11, 2015 at 9:47 am #

    Woooooow these is delectable Nandini once I reach goan sure going to try these dish with pork.
    Happy weekend & blessed day dearie

    • Nandini July 11, 2015 at 9:55 am #

      Thank You much Linda. Yes you need to give it a try :-). You too have a blessed and a great weekend 🙂

  8. urbanmonique July 11, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    Oh MY!

  9. urbanmonique July 11, 2015 at 11:36 am #

    OK, Pal – you, your site, and this recipe are starring this week in my house!

  10. deutschtrailer July 13, 2015 at 2:11 am #

    Mmmhhhh delicious, thank you very much Nandini….💗💗💗

    • Nandini July 13, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

      Thanks to you :-). Have a great week.

  11. thebakerytrail July 13, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

    Thank you for liking my post! This food looks divine! Will definitely try to make this feijoada at some point!

    • Nandini July 16, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

      You are very welcome and Thank you 🙂

  12. Mallee Stanley July 13, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

    Ha! I just cooked kidney bean curry but without the pork. Still have a bit left in the fridge.

    • Nandini July 16, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

      That’s a great coincidence 🙂

  13. Julie July 13, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

    Ooh, my husband would love this! I’m going Pinterest thing and try it out!

    • Nandini July 16, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

      Thank You Julie that is awesome 🙂

  14. oh_fernweh July 14, 2015 at 2:34 am #

    Looks really good! I am nominating you for The Dragon’s Loyalty Award, please check it out if you can!

    • Nandini July 16, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      Thank You so much that is very kind of you 🙂

  15. Meredith July 15, 2015 at 6:39 am #

    Reblogged this on Covey View and commented:
    Try this, looks delicious.

    • loasejohn July 15, 2015 at 11:25 am #

      I love this easy-to-follow recipe, and I will admit to a watering of the mouth as I scrolled down and was met with each new photo.

      • Nandini July 16, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

        Thank you John for your kind words.

    • Nandini July 16, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

      Thank You so much Meredith. I truly appreciate the re-blog 🙂

  16. toniandrukaitis July 16, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

    Looks delicious!

    • Nandini July 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm #

      Thank You Much Toni 🙂

  17. Sandhya July 18, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

    I love the feijao beans from Goa. I see the adzuki beans in stores- would they be the closest to the red feijao beans?

    • Nandini July 20, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

      Sandhya the kidney beans are the same as rajama beans. But if you cannot find it then you can definitely use the adzuki beans as feijoada is a bean stew with meat so I think it should work as well. I think I never had adzuki before.

      • Sandhya July 20, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

        Thanks Nandini. I remember my mom used to get the feijao beans especially from Goa when we visited the Shantadurga temple. Back then I just ate them, don’t remember what they looked like but remember that they tasted awesome 😉

  18. Loretta July 19, 2015 at 5:05 am #

    Another great recipe Nandini – we enjoyed feijoada when we were in Brazil, very reminiscent of the Goan dish. I’ll have to give this a try pretty soon too.

    • Nandini July 20, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

      That will be so awesome Loretta. Please keep me posted. Take care.

  19. blissfulcr August 9, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

    Saudades, inspirada para fazer a minha própria Feijoada…mas tem que levar chorico…

    • Nandini August 10, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

      Saudades, estou muito feliz em saber que ele inspirou. Obrigada!

  20. CV ARISTON KUPANG September 6, 2015 at 5:26 am #

    One criteria to be called wonderful woman is smart on cocking …..delicious Nandini

    • Nandini September 9, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

      Thank you 🙂

      • Shanti June 29, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

        Can i add additional coconut juice for a different change in the recepi

        • Nandini June 29, 2017 at 5:04 pm #

          I think it should work well Shanti…I have’nt tried it before but you sure gave me an idea 🙂


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