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Vegetarian Feijoada

Vegetarian feijoada is a Brazilian dish usually made with a variety of beans, pork, and beef. But for vegetarians or vegans like myself, this traditional dish can be made without meat. By replacing the meat with a variety of vegetables, legumes, and spices, one can still enjoy a hearty, flavorful feijoada without sacrificing any of the traditional flavors. To make a vegetarian feijoada, start by soaking a variety of beans in water overnight.


  • 4 cups dried black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 1 medium red bell peppers, diced
  • 1 medium green bell peppers, diced
  • 1 large tomatoes, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 canned chipotle pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (or butternut squash or white potato)
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves (or fresh)
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 black pepper
  • 2 cups cooked rice


  • Place the beans in plenty of water in a medium saucepan and cook for about 1 hour, over medium heat, until soft and tender.
  • Drain the beans and reserve 2 cups of the cooking liquid.
  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan.
  • Add the onion, bell peppers, tomato, garlic, and chipotle peppers and saute for 8-10 minutes.
  • Maintain medium heat, add the beans, cooking liquid, sweet potatoes, and thyme and cook for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the parsley, pepper, and salt and cook for another 5-10 minutes more.
  • Spoon the rice into bowls and ladle the feijoada over the top.

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