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Slow Cooker Black Beans [Brazilian Style]

Brazilian black beans are a delicious and indulgent dish, making them a perfect family treat. This easy slow cooker black beans recipe, is packed with comforting flavors from smoked sausage and bacon, plus, as all Brazilian recipes, it's loaded with all the garlic and onions. This big batch recipe freezes wonderfully, and will make your midweek dinners a breeze! If you're looking for a vegetarian Black Beans Recipe, check this one out.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time4 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Brazilian, Latin American
Keyword: beans, brazilian recipe, instant pot
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 351kcal
Author: Aline Shaw


  • Slow cooker, Crock Pot


  • 16 oz dry Black Beans
  • 1 14 oz Smoked sausage cut into chunks
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt** *add more, or less salt as desired - depending on how salty the sausage and bacon you're using are - taste as you go!
  • black pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp of white vinegar
  • 4 strips of smoked bacon cut into lardons
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 tbsp Brazilian Sofrito or 6 cloves of garlic, minced


  • Sort, wash, then soak the beans in cold water for 30 mins. Remove any floating beans.
  • Change the water, and soak in cold water for another 30 mins.
  • Drain beans, then add them to a slow cooker. Add the sausages, the bay leaf and 5 1/2 cups of hot water.
  • Close the slow cooker, and cook on high for 3 hours.
  • After 3 hours, open the pan, and leave it on high, while you move to the next steps.
  • Season with salt and pepper, add the cumin, and the vinegar to the pan, and stir.
  • Meanwhile, add the bacon to a large skillet over medium to high heat, and let them cook until lightly browned.
  • Add the olive oil to the skillet, then the onions and sautée until the onions are transparent, 2-3 mins.
  • Add the garlic to the skillet, stir and sautée until fragrant and lightly golden.
  • Add the contents of the skillet into the beans, stir and cover again. Let it cook until desired thickness is reached - about 30 minutes to an hour.

Bom Apetite!!


    Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 655mg | Potassium: 795mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 3mg