Tutu Mineira (Brazilian Black Beans)

Tutu Mineira is a Brazilian side dish made from refried black beans. Tutu Mineira is an excellent barbecue side dish and is a good, flavorful substitute for baked beans.

Tutu Mineira (Brazilian Black Beans)

4 cups cooked black beans or two 15 oz. cans black beans
4 slices of bacon
3-4 tbsp manioc flour or toasted bread crumbs
½ to 1 cup chicken broth or liquid reserved from cooking the beans
¼ tsp hot sauce, or more to taste
1 medium size onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
1 bay leaf
2 hard-cooked eggs, coarsely chopped

  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.  Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat. Add the onion, garlic, 2 tablespoons parsley, and the bay leaf to the skillet and sauté until the onion is golden brown, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add the black beans, ½ cup of chicken broth, and the hot sauce. Cook at a simmer for 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaf. Mash half the black beans in the skillet using a potato masher or back of a wooden spoon. Stir in 3 tablespoons of manioc flour. Cook the black beans, uncovered, until nice and thick, about 3 minutes. If the tutu mineira is too thick, add a little more chicken broth or bean cooking liquid; if it is too thin, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of manioc flour.
  3. Salt and pepper to taste. Add more hot sauce if desired. Sprinkle the tutu mineira with the chopped eggs and remaining 2 tablespoons of parsley. Serve immediately.

Yield:  Seves 8 as a side dish

This recipe was adapted from The Barbecue Bible.

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