Brazilian food is diverse, packed with sweet and spicy flavors, and perfect for any occasion. And it tastes just as good when it’s made with vegetarian ingredients!
Don’t believe us? Then these 15 top vegetarian Brazilian recipes are about to change your mind.
So whether you’re serving vegetarian friends or just looking for new and unique recipes to invigorate your weekly dinner menu,, the following vegetarian and vegan Brazilian recipes won’t disappoint.
Yep, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up the best vegetarian Brazilian recipes you need to try ASAP, so grab your cooking utensils and make these recipes today!
Feijao tropeiro is easily one of the most loved staples in Brazilian cuisine. The main ingredient is black beans, typically combined with collard greens and sausage, but this feijao tropeiro recipe keeps things meat-free by using vegan sausage and tofu.
So if you’re looking to try a traditional Brazilian dish, this is it. You’ll need collard leaves, onion, garlic, pink beans, tofu, vegan sausage, chickpeas, cassava flour, oil, and salt and pepper. It takes just 30 minutes to make, so it’s also super easy!
Gluten-free and vegan, this vegetarian-friendly take on Brazil’s famous pao de queijo snack is the perfect recipe if you like the sound of chewy cheese bread. It makes 16 servings too, so it’s great for sharing (if you’re feeling generous).
To make this vegan pao de queijo recipe, you’ll need tapioca flour, water, plank milk,olive oil, salt, cooked russets (or white potato), nutritional yeast, and garlic powder.
It comes in at 50 minutes total, with 20 minutes of that going to prep time – so it’s another recipe that’s ideal if you’re strapped for time.
If you like custard, caramel, or coconut, this vegan Brazilian flan is well worth trying. It’s the perfect light dessert to have after dinner or take to gatherings, producing four servings from only a handful of basic ingredients.
For this recipe, you’ll need vanilla extract, water, cornstarch, salt, agar agar powder, maple syrup, and full-fat coconut milk – that’s it. There are just six instructions to follow too, ready to serve up in no time.
No-bake coconut pudding that’s vegetarian-friendly and ready in 20 minutes? Yes please! This Brazilian coconut pudding recipe is simple, but full of flavor. It also tastes as good as it looks, so you won’t go wrong serving it to guests.
The recipe involves just eight ingredients: milk, coconut milk, cornstarch, vanilla extract, sugar, water, salt, and dried plums. And we have to say it again: it only takes 20 minutes to make, with no cooking or resting time!
Caipirinha is a staple cocktail throughout Brazil, which can be best described as light and refreshing. So if you love cocktails, this one is definitely worth trying, especially since it will only take 10 minutes of your day.
The ingredients in this cucumber caipirinha cocktail are cucumber, limes, caster sugar, ice, and, of course, cachaca. All in all? Serve this with any of the other recipes on this list and it’s a surefire way to invigorate your dinner.
Yep, Brazilian limeade and Brazilian lemonade exist. The key ingredient is sweetened condensed milk (in traditional Brazilian fashion) but this recipe switches it up for vegan condensed milk – and it really does taste just as good.
The five ingredients you’ll need are water, limes, monk fruit sweetener, mint leaves and lime slices for the garnish, and vegan condensed milk. Just follow the seven steps and you’ll have a refreshing Brazilian beverage to enjoy in just five minutes!
Watching your calorie intake? Then this Brazilian collard greens recipe will be right up your alley. It’s a vegetarian version of couve a mineira, which usually involves bacon, but this bacon-free recipe is still filling and perfect as a side dish or guilt-free lunch snack.
All you’ll need are collard greens, onion, garlic cloves, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. And it really is that simple, as it takes just 10 minutes of prep time and 5 minutes of cooking time. The best recipe for vegetable lovers!
This vegan polenta cake (vegan Brazilian bolo de fuba) is a dessert or coffee treat that’s easy to make and ideal for serving to guests or giving away as a gift. The best thing is that it has just the right amount of sweetness, so it’s not as decadent as other Brazilian desserts!
So what ingredients do you need? All this recipe requires is plant-based milk, flour, polenta, sugar, rice bran oil, and baking powder. Prep time is just 10 minutes as well, after which it’s ready to enjoy in 40 minutes.
Coxinha (Brazilian croquettes) is a popular snack in Brazil that’s made with chicken. Chicken-free croquettes are just as delicious, though, and this recipe won’t disappoint with its mouth-watering cream cheese and mushroom filling.
For the ingredients, you’ll need all-purpose flour, vegan chicken broth, olive oil, unsweetened plant-based milk, panko breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, chestnut mushrooms, diced onion, garlic cloves, parsley, lime, and cream cheese.
You get a total of 12 servings, all from just 15 minutes of prep time.
10. Vegan Picadillo
If you’ve never tried vegan picadillo, here’s the recipe you need to make. It’s full of texture and flavor, and puts a whole new spin on Brazilian picadillo! On top of that, there are only seven simple instructions to follow before it’s ready to serve.
All in all, you’ll need plum tomatoes, serrano, garlic cloves, guajillos, white onion, cumin, lime, sea salt, TVP, low-sodium vegetable stock, avocado oil, carrots, and russet potatoes. You can also serve it with rice or tortillas – it’s totally up to you!
Feijoada is another cherished Brazilian dish that typically consists of beans, pork, and beef. But you don’t need beef and pork when you have a vegetarian version that tastes this good, especially since the prep time is only 10 minutes!
For this black bean and vegetable stew, the main ingredients you’ll need are sweet potatoes, green and red peppers, onion, tomato puree, black beans, and vegetable stock. Did we mention that this vegetarian feijoada recipe is also super healthy?
Replacing the usual fish or shrimp ingredients with tofu, this fresh take on Brazil’s popular moqueca dish is ideal if you’re vegetarian or simply looking to cook up something new. It’s healthy, tasty, and, above all, easy to make.
The main ingredients here are butternut squash, fresh ginger, tomatoes, full-fat coconut milk, vegetable stock, red bell peppers, green beans, frozen spinach, cilantro, and tofu. So it’s also a vegetable lover’s dream, ready to serve in just nine steps!
Love curry? Then you’ll love this Brazilian chickpea curry, which is perfect for serving any night of the week. We say that because not only is it appetizing, but it only requires 10 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes to cook!
For this recipe, you’ll need olive oil, onion, garlic, bell peppers, chickpeas, coconut milk, crushed tomato, vegetable stock, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, sugar, salt, spinach leaves, cilantro, and lime juice. Once done, simply serve it with rice.
What Brazilian recipe list would be complete without brigadeiros? Also called Brazilian chocolate truffles, brigadeiros are arguably the most popular dessert in Brazil – and for more than one reason. They’re mouthwateringly good, easy to make, and perfect for sharing!
These vegan brigadeiros require just four simple ingredients: maple syrup, coconut butter, nut butter, and vegan chocolate chips – all of which you probably already have at home. For extra authenticity, you can also use vegan chocolate sprinkles.
Can’t get enough of acai bowls? Then this vegan Brazilian bowl is worth trying if you want to mix things up – literally. It involves a mixture of eye-catching, tasty ingredients, perfect for enjoying as a main dish or brunch treat!
These ingredients are full-fat coconut milk, long grain white rice, salt, shredded coconut, cooked black beans, cumin, coriander, mangoes, avocadoes, diced onion, cashews, cilantro leaves, and lime wedges. If all that doesn’t get your mouth watering, we don’t know what will.
And there you have it, the top 15 best vegetarian Brazilian recipes to invigorate your dinner!
The above recipes include main dishes, sides, brunch treats, and even a few Brazilian beverages, so you have a host of options if you’re looking to serve up something that’s both unique and vegetarian-friendly.
The best thing? All these recipes are easy to make and great for sharing with (and impressing) friends and family.
So what are you waiting for? Round up the ingredients and make these today or, if you can’t decide which one to make first, bookmark this page for future reference!