Brazilian pork stew with corn dumplings

Indulge in the flavors of Brazil with our delicious Brazilian Pork Stew with Corn Dumplings. This hearty one-pot dish is perfect for non-Muslims who enjoy the richness of pork. Created as a simplified version of the traditional Brazilian feijoada, we use juicy pork shoulder as the main ingredient. For an extra burst of flavor, feel free to add leftover chorizo, ham or bacon. With its comforting and bold flavor, this recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings and transport your taste buds straight to Brazil.


  • 900g pork shoulder, cut into 4cm pieces
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp oregano leaves (or 2 tsp dried) plus extra for serving
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp allspice
  • 1 bouillon cube (beef, pork or chicken)
  • 2 x 400g cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp soft dark brown or muscovado sugar
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Zest and squeeze 2 oranges
  • 2 red chili peppers, halved lengthwise – with or without seeds, depending on whether you like it spicy
  • Bunch of spring onions, finely chopped
  • 400g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3-4cm pieces
  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into pieces
  • 2 x 400g cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 100 g cold butter, diced
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 140g cornmeal or finely ground polenta, plus some for dusting
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 140 g canned sweetcorn, drained or freshly cut from the cob (just cook for 3 minutes first)
  • 75 ml buttermilk
  • 1 medium egg, beaten

Preparation steps

  1. Start by getting your largest ovenproof baking dish and placing the pork pieces in the oil – they don’t need to be very well browned. Cook in batches, then transfer to a plate and add three quarters of the onions, celery, bay leaf and oregano to the bowl. Add a drizzle of oil if necessary and fry gently until tender.
  2. Add the spices, stir for 1 minute until toasted, then return the pork to the bowl. Crumble in the stock cube and stir in the tomatoes, cocoa, sugar, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, the peel and juice of an orange and 3 chili halves. Bring to a boil, then cover and let bubble away for 1 hour.
  3. In the meantime, finely chop the reserved chilli half and mix with the remaining onions, spring onions, red wine vinegar and the zest and juice of the last orange. Keep cold in the refrigerator.
  4. After an hour, stir the sweet potatoes and red pepper into the stew, then cover again and simmer for another 30 minutes.
  5. When the stew is ready for about 15 minutes, prepare the dumplings. Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine crumbs, then stir in the cornmeal, bicarb and sweetcorn. Finally, stir in the buttermilk and all but 1 tablespoon of the egg until a soft dough forms. Season with a little salt and form the mixture into 12 soft dumplings, then roll in some more cornmeal to cover the surface. Brush the surface with the reserved beaten egg.
  6. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas. 6. Stir the beans into the stew and then season to taste. Place six dumplings on top of the stew and place the rest on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Put both in the oven – the stew uncovered – and cook for 25 minutes until the dumplings are golden brown and risen.
  7. Carry the stew directly to the table and sprinkle with a little more oregano before dividing it into bowls. Serve the extra dumplings and onion relish for anyone who craves more.

Nutritional Information

886 33g 14g 95g 26g 14g 44g 1.9g

Equipment and tools

  • cutting board
  • Knife
  • Large pot or Dutch oven
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • baking pan
  • Whisk
  • mixing bowl
  • measuring spoon

Allergen information

This Brazilian pork stew with corn dumplings contains the following allergens:

  • Corn
  • egg
  • Dairy products (butter)

Storage and leftovers

Store remaining Brazilian pork stew with corn dumplings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove before serving. When reheated, the corn dumplings may lose some of their consistency.

Health Benefits of Brazilian Pork Stew with Corn Dumplings

Health Benefits of Brazilian Pork Stew with Corn Dumplings

Brazilian Pork Stew with Corn Dumplings is a tasty and filling dish that will not only tantalize your taste buds but also provide numerous health benefits. Let’s explore some of the key ingredients and their benefits:

Pork meat:

Pork shoulder, the main cut used in this recipe, is rich in protein, which is essential for muscle growth and repair. It also provides important nutrients such as vitamin B12, zinc and selenium. However, remember to choose lean cuts of pork to reduce your saturated fat intake.

Onions and celery:

Onions and celery are low in calories and high in fiber, making them beneficial for weight control and digestive health. They also contain antioxidants and other compounds that may have anti-inflammatory properties.


Brazilian pork stew contains various spices such as oregano, cumin, coriander and allspice. Not only do these spices add depth to flavor, but they also offer potential health benefits. Some studies suggest that they have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.


The stew contains canned chopped tomatoes, which are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants like lycopene. Lycopene has been linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers and heart disease.

Sweet potatoes and red peppers:

The addition of sweet potatoes and red peppers provides a boost of vitamins, minerals and fiber. This vegetable provides large amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin A supports vision health, while Vitamin C strengthens immune function.

Black beans:

Black beans are a nutritious legume that contain a good amount of plant protein, fiber and various minerals such as iron and magnesium. They are also low in fat and promote a feeling of satiety.

Corn dumplings:

The corn dumplings are a delicious side dish to the stew. Corn flour or finely ground polenta, which is used to make the dumplings, is a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour. It contains fiber and provides a good source of energy.


Brazilian pork stew with corn dumplings not only pleases your taste buds but also offers a number of health benefits. From protein-rich pork to fibrous vegetables and nutritious spices, this dish is a great choice for a hearty and nutritious meal.

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