This Brazilian collard greens with bacon recipe is a crisp, garlicky side dish full of bacon bits. This easy collard greens recipe is THE perfect mid-week side dish your familia will fall in love with.
I’m updating this post because I’m participating in a Juneteenth online cookout with a number of other Black Food Bloggers who are coming together to share recipes that celebrate the black culinary culture in the US and all over the world.
For those who don’t know, Juneteenth is a merge of the words/date June Nineteenth, and it represents the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States in 1865.
While the Juneteenth celebration is centered around *Black* freedom and liberation, and is celebrated in many places in the world, I hadn’t actually heard of it until I moved to the US.
Dia da Consciencia Negra – The Brazilian Celebration
In Brazil, slavery wasn’t abolished until twenty-some years after the US, in May of 1888 – AND this is not the date we celebrate our freedom, or our African roots.
Dia da Consciencia Negra, Black Awareness Day or Black Consciousness Day, is observed annually in Brazil, on November 20th, to celebrate the regained awareness by the Brazilian black community, and to highlight our great worth and contribution to the country.
The celebration takes place in November, particularly to honor Zumbi’s death – a Brazilian of Congo origins, who was a freedom fighter, and symbol of freedom for pioneering the movement to resist colonialism and slavery in Brazil.
The beauty of Juneteenth and other Black holidays is to celebrate Black culture and share it with everyone in the world!
And what better way to celebrate if not through food?
In the 150+ years since, Black families have commemorated freedom and liberation with food traditions that tell a story of the perseverance of our people.
Now, check out this classic Brazilian Collard Greens Recipe then go see 10 other recipes from the cookout right after (or click here for the full lineup)!
I hope you love this classic Brazilian recipe as much as I do!
Collard Greens & Brazilian Cuisine
Couve, how we call collard greens in Potuguese, is one of the main essential vegetables of Brazilian cuisine, serving as base or accompaniment to many traditional dishes, from Caldo Verde soup to the traditional Feijoada (recipe coming soon).
Collard greens, is not only delicious, but also low calorie, and out of control nutritional. They are filled with vitamins A, B, C, minerals, potassium, calcium, iron and tons of other great stuff.
Couve a Mineira – Classic Brazilian collard greens with bacon recipe
Couve a Mineira, how we call this classic collard greens with bacon recipe in Portuguese, is a real Brazilian national passion. The name of the dish is an homage to the state where it originated, Minas Gerais – the home of some of Brazil’s most known foods all over the world.
If you aren’t very familiar with or don’t eat collard greens regularly, give this easy collard greens with bacon recipe a try. Better yet, try it with this Brazilian Black Beans recipe and some Brazilian rice for a real Brazilian experience!
You and your family will love it!
How to prepare Brazilian Collard Greens
- Wash and pat dry the greens with paper towel
We don’t want the greens to be wet when they hit the pan as this would alter the end result of the dish. In this dish, the greens are gently sauteed to keep its texture somewhat firm. If there’s any water left in the leaves, the greens will steam instead and will become bitter.
- Cut off the thicker part of the stems
- Stack 2-3 leaves on top of each other, then roll them like a cigar, as tight as you can
- Then, thinly slice it into a chiffonade
This also step also helps prevent bitterness!
- Dice the bacon
Or not, if you need a vegan recipe, just skip this step!
- Dice the onion and mince the garlic
Or if you have that Brazilian sofrito ready in the fridge, use that and save a few minutes of prep!
Then, on to sauteeing it. Just heat up the oil, and cook the bacon until its crispy, then add the onion and the garlic until they smell oh-so-irresistibly delicious. And then… *drum roll*
The big secret for mastering this Brazilian collard greens recipe is…
Turn off the heat then add the greens to the pan! Then quickly season with salt and pepper and toss until wilted a little bit. This step will make sure your greens have a nice bite to it, and aren’t bitter.
This side dish is perfect for a quick and easy mid-week dinner. It tastes great with rice, beans, a nice piece of chicken, meat, or just eat the whole thing just by itself… straight off of the skillet, because… I’ve done it, so I won’t judge!
Love couve? Check out these other collard greens recipes:
- Caldo Verde – Portuguese Green Soup
- Rosemary Honey Pork Loin & Warm Lentil Collard Greens Salad
- Cheesy Collard Greens Dip
- Southern Collard Greens Recipe
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Couve a Mineira | Brazilian Collard Greens with Bacon
- 1 bunch of collard greens stems removed and thinly sliced
- 1-2 thick strips of smoked bacon diced
- 1/2 onion diced
- 2 colves of garlic minced
- 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium to high heat
- Add the bacon and cook until browned, about 3-4 mins
- Add the onions and cook until transparent, about 2 mins
- Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute
- Turn ff the heat and add the collard greens and toss gently until the greens wilt, about 1 minute
🖤 2020 JUNETEENTH COOKOUT 🖤
Below are only a few recipes from our online cookout – check out the full list here and celebrate away!
- Britney Breaks Bread | Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Sour Cream and Honey Sauce
- Brownbelle | Watermelon Hibiscus Whiskey Smash
- Butter Be Ready | Chicken and Waffles
- Chef and Steward | Watermelon and Feta Salad
- Chef Curl Ardee | Honey and Butter Cornbread
- Chenée Today | Lemon Icebox Pie
- Christy Irene | Crawfish Etoufee
- Collards Are The Old Kale | Guaymas Shrimp
- Confessions of a clean foodie | Mint Peach Spritzer
- Cooking to a T Jamaican | Beef Patties
Great Recipe, thank you! My teenage boys and Hubbie…all linebacker size and meat eaters loved the recipe. I will double next time as requested by the family!
That’s so awesome!!! So glad you guys like it – thank you!!
I bet you they might also like my Everyday Black Beans then… check it out. It goes really well with these greens and some rice, and guess what!!? It has sausage and bacon! Suuuuper yum!! Let me know if you try 🙂
I love that you give the history! It looks delicious!
Yay!! Glad you like it!! Beijos!!
Omg I bet these are delicious and I am all in for that chiffonade texture!
Yes!!! It makes all the difference to slice it thin 🙂
This looks so delicious and easy! I can’t wait to try!
It is so easyyyyy!! You’ll get hooked, I’m warning you!! ahaha
I can totally smell it through my screen! Bacon AND garlic make everything better!
haha I know, riiiight!? What are we even doing if we’re not loading our food with garlic and bacon? LOL
Love how simple this recipe looks. I am going to try to see if I can some how make this vegan with vegan bacon. Not the same, I am sure, but gotta try find ways to veganize my food! Haha. Thank you for sharing.
Yes!!! Or just skip the bacon altogether… I do that all the time! It’s still super delicious xx
I love bacon added to cooked greens. I have never cared for collards, but your idea of the chiffonade to take away the bitterness seems like a great idea! I’ll definitely give that a try to give collards another chance.
Bacon makes everything better!!! And I hear this about collard greens all the time… people either love them or hate them ahaha I’m so happy you’re giving them another chance – keep me posted!!
I needed a quick recipe like this.. will make this collard greens as a side for my rice dish. Looks delicious!
Great idea!! I love it with rice AND beans! It’s a whole little meal 😛
Shanika @ Orchids + Sweet Tea
You definitely can’t go wrong with adding bacon to collard greens! This looks great!
Thanks, Shanika! Bacon truly is magic lol
I am always looking for new recipes with greens and superfoods like these. Thanks for the step by step photos and tips!
You’re most welcome, Analida! So happy you’re curious about this recipe – it’s truly a good one to have!!
This side dish looks so delicious and nutritious. I love learning about other cultures and the history of their dishes. Oh, and PS I love Feijoada. Looking forward to that recipe!
Feijoada is so delicious and these greens are a perfect match for it. Enjoy!
I love that this dish is perfect for busy weeknights, ready in 15 minutes is excellent! Plus what better way to get your greens in than with some bacon?! Yum!
Exactly!!! When in doubt, add bacon ahahaha
I never cooked collard greens before but it looks very tasty. Plus, the bacon must give so much delicious flavor! It will be perfect as a side dish)
Girl, get on it! It’s so easy and delicious, you’ll love it! And yes, bacon makes everything better!
This looks exactly like something I tried at my friend’s house the other night. I wondered what it was but never had a chance ot ask. Well, I can make it myself now anyway! 🙂
I’m always looking for amazing side dishes that pack tons of vitamins, this collard greens recipe would work perfect for that.
Marisa F. Stewart
I learned something new. I knew that southerners loved their collard greens but I didn’t know that the popularity went as far south as Brazil. My oldest son loves this dish and always orders it when it’s on the menu. I made your recipe and he couldn’t get enough. Will be making it again.
That’s so awesome, Marisa! So glad y’all liked it and have added it to your rotation!! Yesss!!
Oh heck yes! Sign me up! These collard greens look and sound more than amazing! Yum yum yum!
Claire | The Simple, Sweet Life
I’ve never had collard greens but have always wanted to try them. And with added bacon, what’s not to love? Can’t wait to give your delicious looking recipe a try.
So happy you’re excited to try them, Claire! Let me know how it goes!
I made these tonight as one of my picks from the Juneteenth Cookout and they were so good and so easy! Will definitely be making them this way from now on. 🙂
Thank you, Sarah!! So happy to hear you celebrated Juneteenth with us and loved the recipe!! Beijos xx
Delish! We lived in Brazi (Fortaleza)l for a while and this brought back memories! Served it tonight with feijoada and all the fixings. Obrigada!
Oi Rebecca!! Fortaleza is so amazing!! I love it there – my brother lived there for years, and I spent countless summers and many Fortais too ahaha good times!!! So happy you loved the recipe – this is the perfect side for a complete feijoada indeed!! Thanks!