A few weeks ago I got my first Instant Pot, and I love it SO much, I am feeling pretty silly for taking so long to catch on! One thing I have been excited to make in it, is Brazilian beans and rice. My husband served his church mission in Brazil, so this is what he ate pretty much every day for two years straight, and loved it. In Brazil they season everything with a spice blend called “Tempero Baiano” which is impossible to find here, but very easy to create using common spices found in your kitchen cupboard. I have made beans and rice at least once a week since I got my Instant Pot, and today I was so excited to finally perfect the recipe, and be able to share it! I think I will continue to make this once a week because of how incredibly EASY, healthy and inexpensive it it is to make. We are on the go four out of five weeknights, and so this is one of the BEST recipes I have found for our busy lifestyle. When my husband walks through the door, the beans and rice are warming in the instant pot/rice-maker ready, and then I pack up the rest in tupperware for my kiddos to eat in the car while watching a movie, on the way to their activities. It makes me feel like a good Mum giving them rice and beans vs. McDonald’s, and I feel good after eating it too.

4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 medium onion, diced
2 Linguisa (chorizo) Sausage Links, sliced
5-6 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1 Lb dry Black beans
5 tsp {herb ox} chicken bouillon
5 cups water
{For the Tempero baiano}
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp tumeric
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 tsp oregano

Preheat the Instant Pot by turning on the sauté mode. Place beans in a fine mesh strainer, pick out any with impurities, and rinse. Add the bacon, onion, sausage and garlic and stir for 2-3 minutes. Add the beans, bouillon and water, and spices. Stir to combine and secure lid. Cook on high pressure for 40 minutes, and then release steam from pot. If desired, lightly smash some beans on the side of the pot (this will thicken them), season with additional salt and pepper if desired, and let cool for a few minutes before serving. Serve over white rice, and with Brazilian Cheese Rolls.

<3 Sarah XO