Here you’ll find a list of Brazilian foods and drinks that you must try while in Brazil.
- Arroz com feijão
The classic rice and beans – the king and the queen of Brazilian foods. Most Brazilians eat white rice and black beans everyday – lunch and dinner. That might sound crazy, eating the same thing every day, but rice and beans are one of the most complete dishes, from the nutritional point of view. It contains lots of protein and fiber and also gives you lots of energy.
Farofa is a traditional Brazilian dish made mostly of manioc flour. It’s used as a side dish to almost every meal – that’s because Brazilians love farofa so very much! Farofas can be plain and made only with the flour, butter and salt or have other toppings, such as banana, onions, sausage, eggs and more.
It’s sea food made of cuts of fish, a well seasoned sauce, coconut milk, peppers, cilantro and oils. It consistency may resemble a soup, but it’s mostly fish with a very thick and delicious sauce.
- Pastel com caldo de cana
Although pastel was not invented in Brazil (it’s actually an Asian snack), the combination of pastel and caldo de cana (sugarcane juice) is very popular in Brazil. You can buy it in stands at any street market. Most requested flavors are ground beef and cheese.
Acarajé is a kind of doughnut made of black-eyed peas, fried in dendê oil, filled with chili peppers, dried shrimp and vatapá (a traditional paste made of milled bread, coconut milk, peppers, parsley and other ingredients). Acarajé is a traditional dish of Bahia, a state in the Northeast of Brazil.
Not like any barbecue, the Brazilian churrasco uses great cuts of meat grilled in a barbecue grill usually made of bricks. The cuts of meat used for a traditional Brazilian barbecue is picanha, alcatra, filet mignon, fraldinha and cupim. Other meats used for Brazilian churrasco are pork sausage, chicken thigh, chicken wings and chicken heart. There are places called churrascaria where you pay a fixed price and it’s all you can eat churrasco and they also have a great buffet with lots of side dishes.
It’s the national dish of Brazil. Feijoada is a stew of Black beans with a variety of pork or beef, including jerk beef, pork trimmings (ears, tail, and feet), bacon, pork ribs and sausages. It’s usually served on Sundays with rice, farofa, collard greens and sliced oranges.
- Pão de Queijo
Brazilian cheese bread from the state of Minas Gerais. It’s consumed as a breakfast dish or snack. Besides cheese, its main ingredient is sour starch. It’s one of the most popular Brazilian foods.
Coxinha is a fried snack made of a potato and flour dough filled with shredded chicken meat. The snack is shaped to resemble a chicken thigh – Coxinha means little thigh in Portuguese. Just go to any snack bar of café and you’ll find one. Go, just give it a try!
Açaí is a Brazilian fruit from the Amazon forest. It’s usually consumed as a smoothie, served on a bowl for you to eat with a spoon. It’s commonly topped with granola and banana.
- Romeu e Julieta
The most common Brazilian dessert. It’s very simple to make: just take a piece of goiabada (guava paste) and a piece queijo minas (white Brazilian cheese made in the state of Minas Gerais, southeast of Brazil) and eat them together. This dessert has the name of Romeo and Juliet because the cheese is very salty and the guava paste very sweet.
Just like açaí, guaraná is another fruit from the Amazon forest. It’s usually used to make beverage, such as juice, soft drinks and syrup.
- Biscoito Globo com Mate Leão
It’s the most traditional thing from Rio de Janeiro. Biscoito Globo is a well-know and popular brand of this ring-shaped Brazilian snack made of manioc starch. Mate Leão is a popular brand of iced yerba mate tea. Together, they’re the favorite duo in the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, being sold by street/beach vendors.
One of the most loved Brazilian foods – or better, Brazilian desserts. It’s chocolate fudge ball made of condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter and chocolate sprinkles. You can find brigadeiro in every birthday party, but Brazilians also eat them casually at home – you just don’t need to make a ball of it, just eat it out of the plate with a spoon.
Caipirinha is the most traditional cocktail from Brazil. It’s made with cachaça (distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented sugarcane juice), limes and sugar. It’s the first thing people ask when they go out at night to a bar (well, if they’re not having a beer – Brazilians absolutely love a cold beer). You probably know caipirinha, right? If you ever heard anything about Brazil, caipirinha is probably the first thing you’ve learn about this country.
Bonus: We could list more than 100 amazing Brazilian foods for you to try. But that’s a little too much, so here are some more you should check out: strogonoff, pudim de leite, empada, cocada, carne de sol com aipim, creme de papaya com cassis, tapioca, salpicão… The list goes on…
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