Top Brazilian Recipes To Invigorate Up Your Dinner

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Much like Brazilian culture itself, Brazilian cuisine is both vibrant and diverse, with influences coming from a wide variety of places.

The clash of color, flavor, and textures are what helps to make Brazilian cuisine so exciting both to the eye and to the tastebuds.

Top Brazilian Recipes To Invigorate Up Your Dinner

No matter what you’re usually into, there’s always going to be something for you to enjoy in Brazilian cuisine, with a range of delicious tropical fruits in decadent desserts, heart-warming and filling stews, and of course, plenty of grilled meats!

Whether you’re something of a novice chef or a seasoned chef, everyone will be able to make these recipes for themselves at home, which will transport you to the bustling streets and sunny beaches of Brazil in an instant.

So what are you waiting for? Check out some of these amazing recipes that will be sure to invigorate your dinner, and let’s get cooking!

1. Feijoada

Often considered to be the face of comfort food for Brazil, Feijoada is a dish rich in history, and the name for this delicious stew comes from the main ingredient: black beans, which in Brazil, are called feijão.

This stew typically involves the inclusion of various parts of the pig, sometimes including the ears and the feet.

Don’t worry though, if you’re not up to cooking pig ears and feet, then this recipe will provide you with some adequate alternatives.

This dish is one enjoyed by all social classes in Brazil thanks to its low cost, and is typically eaten on Wednesdays and Saturdays where it’s either served in restaurants or cooked by families.

Feijoada is the quintessential Brazilian dish, and no Brazilian feast is complete without it, so it makes the perfect place to start for those who are looking to try and replicate some of that incredible taste!

2. Coxinha

Another one of the most popular dishes in Brazil is the incredible Coxinha, which is a deep-fried croquette consisting of delicious shredded chicken and cream cheese, covered in dough, and then deep-fried to perfection, giving it a perfectly crispy outer that makes taking a bite even more satisfying.

Coxinha is also known as coxinha de frango, which translates to “chicken’s little thigh”, is an immensely popular food in Brazil, and you can typically expect to find it pretty much anywhere you go, from cafes and restaurants, and even during parties and celebrations!

If you’re looking for the perfect Brazilian street food snack to bring a little sunshine to your day, then nothing’s better than some delicious coxinha, and they even range in size too, from little bite sizes, all the way up to a large street food size, so you should definitely give them a try if you want to try making some Brazilian food!

3. Pao De Queijo

Another delicious Brazilian snack food that you can make relatively easily is Pae De Queijo, which is a type of cheese bread.

These little bite-size snacks are super tasty and make for a great middle-of-the-day treat, or you could choose to serve them alongside a range of other snacks at a party or a celebration.

You can eat them cold or warm, but as you can imagine, they’re definitely best enjoyed warm.

Very few ingredients are needed for this dish, and you shouldn’t have much trouble finding them at your local supermarket or grocery store if you want to make them for yourself sometime.

Even if you’re someone who isn’t particularly confident in their cooking skills, this dish is still easy to make, and will definitely be sure to impress your friends and family. They make for a great snack while waiting for your main dish!

4. Moqueca

When it comes to Brazilian food that is truly packed with flavor, then very few things come to an authentic Moqeuca, which is a Brazilian fish stew.

This comforting savory dish is made with a number of great ingredients, including fish, coconut, fresh tomatoes, a hint of lime, and plenty of warmth from the peri-peri seasoning.

This dish has a number of regional variations, so depending on which recipe you use, you might notice that some of the ingredients used change, but the only real constants in this dish are the seafood and the tomatoes.

This specific recipe comes from the Moqueca Baiana, and comes from the Bahia region of Brazil, with much of the cuisine of this area taking influences from the African population in the region.

You can use any fish you like in this dish, as it was typical for fishermen to use whatever they caught and didn’t sell on the day to make this stew!

5. Brigadeiro

For those who are looking for some delicious Brazilian dessert ideas, and also happen to be massive chocolate lovers, then you’re definitely in for a treat with this recipe.

With just 3 ingredients needed, Briadeiro are able to be made by even the most novice of chefs, and they make the perfect treat for any occasion.

Although they’re easy enough to make, you will need some patience during some sections of the making process, especially when it comes to mixing the ingredients over the stove, and even more patience waiting for them to cool down in the fridge.

All that waiting definitely pays off however, as they taste so good when you finally get to eat them.

So, for a traditional taste of Brazil that satisfies that sweet tooth, then you definitely need to try making your own Brigadeiro sometime.

6. Churrasco

Less of a recipe, more of an art, Churrasco is the national barbecuing technique of Brazil, and consists of this delicious mixed grill with a number of different meats all cooked on a rotisserie that comes together to complete each other.

All of this starts off with a cut of beef called picanha, which is extremely popular in Brazil and is the top cap of the sirloin cut, which features that delicious cap of fat.

This cut of beef is then joined by marinated chicken, sausages, bell peppers, and onions, all finished off on the grill on skewers.

If you’re looking to bring some Brazilian flair to your normal barbecued mixed grill, then definitely try this out in the summer!

7. Acarajé

Another one of the most interesting dishes to come out of Brazil is Acarajé, which is excellent for parties or lunchtime eating.

These interesting snacks are a type of small fritter, which is made from black-eyed peas, onions, as well as some ground-dried shrimp.

Acarajé is full of incredible flavor, and the inclusion of the ground, dried shrimp ensures that there is plenty of punch too.

These fritters are then shaped into a ball and deep-fried in azeite dende, which is a type of Brazilian palm oil.

Before serving, the fritters are then split in half, and loaded up with vapata, which is a creamy paste made from peanuts, shrimp, and coconut milk.

This dish is one of the more complicated ones on the list, but is definitely worth the effort when you finally get to sample its incredible taste.

8. Caipirinha

Although not a food recipe, you’re definitely going to enjoy this cocktail recipe for one of the best cocktails to come out of South America.

If you’ve heard anything about this cocktail before, then no doubt you’ll be aware of the hype surrounding it too.

If you’re going to be soaking in the sun, no matter where you are in the world, then having a Caipirinha nearby is an absolute must, and once you’ve tried this cocktail at least once, then you’re never going to want to drink something else ever again.

The key to making this cocktail the best it can possibly be is to ensure that you’re using good-quality ingredients, so try to stay away from using the cheapest liquor you can find!

9. Farofa

Another traditional dish from Brazil that you absolutely have to try making at least once. Consisting of toasted cassava flour which features an incredible smoky taste, and an amazing crunchy taste that will have you going back for more.

Alongside the cassava flour, bacon, onions, and a range of different herbs all come together to create a super unique taste which is why it’s one of the most beloved dishes of Brazil as a whole.

With its fragrant smell thanks to the garlic and the other herbs, and the savory, smoky taste, not only is the result of making farofa a delicious dish that you can enjoy no matter what time of day it is, but also a kitchen that smells good too!

Final Thoughts

We hope that you’ve enjoyed our guide to some of the top Brazilian recipes that you can use to invigorate your dinner time.

From fish stews to mixed grills, and even cocktails, these recipes are going to be sure to light up your taste buds, enjoy!