What Do Brazilian People Eat?

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According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, the three most commonly consumed foods in Brazil are rice, beans and coffee. The national dish of Brazil is feijoada, a thick stew made with black beans and pork that is traditionally prepared in a clay pot.

Brazilian breakfasts are usually simple, consisting of fresh fruit such as papaya, ham, cheese, toasted French bread and pingado, sweetened coffee with warm milk. Pão de queijo, or cheese rolls, are made with tapioca starch and are popular throughout the country. Brazilians not only drink coffee at breakfast, but sip on small amounts of strong coffee or espresso throughout the day and at any meal.

Snacks and street foods consist of acarajé, deep-fried balls of shrimp and black-eyed peas, or chicken croquettes called coxinha. Fresh seafood is abundant and a popular choice due to Brazil’s long coastline. A seafood stew called moqueca and vatapá, a creamy dish of shrimp, coconut milk and ground peanuts, is a popular dinner meal.

Churrasqueiras are popular Brazilian restaurants that serve all-you-can-eat barbecued meats that are sliced to order at the table. Accompaniments for most dishes include rice and farofa, a side made from toasted manioc flour. Dessert is a must in Brazil and includes choices such as flan, cake and brigadeiros, balls made from sweetened condensed milk and cocoa that are named after a famous general who loved chocolate.