Vegan Feijoada

I haven’t updated this in such a long time.. And lots has happened since. I now work part-time at Ms Cupcake, the only vegan bakery in London and also assisted with a cooking class yesterday which was my first experience with teaching people how to cook and I’ve also left London which has been a much needed change and now live by the sea on the South Coast.

The recipe I would like to share with you today is something I’ve been meaning to try and recreate since I got back from a holiday in Portugal years ago and absolutely loved. Feijoada, which means bean stew, is traditionally made with black beans and lots of meat. Obviously we won’t do that and opt for vegan sausages or tofu instead. You do however want whatever mock meat you choose to be smoky as this really adds to the flavour of this stew.


800g cooked black beans (I didn’t have time to soak beans and used tinned)
400ml tomato passata + 200ml water
200g vegan hot dogs or smoked tofu
1 carrot
1 red pepper
1 onion
6 cloves of garlic
3 tbsp soya sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
2 bay leaves
a handful of parsley or coriander
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
pinch of salt and sugar


1. chop your carrot, onion and pepper. also peel the garlic and smash it with the side of a knife or bottom of a glass to release the flavour
2. add oil to a medium saucepan and when hot add all of the above
3. then add the oregano, cumin seeds, bay leaves and stir fry for a few minutes
4. add the soya sauce and proceed sautéing for a few more minutes
5. add the tomato juice and water, the chopped parsley or coriander
6. then add the cubed tofu/sliced hot dogs and the beans
7. cover with a lid and bring to a boil
8. then simmer for about 30/40 minutes until all the vegetables are soft
9. if you think there is too much liquid continue simmering until the sauce is nice and thick
10. adjust the salt and add a pinch of sugar to counteract the acid of the tomatoes
11. serve with plain white rice



    • alessio

      Well thank you! Let me know if you try this and how it turns out. It’s perfect comfort food for such a rainy English summer! Good luck 🙂

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