The 35 Top Best Brazilian Foods You Have to Try: Quick Guide

I absolutely love Brazilian cuisine – the bold flavors, the unique ingredients, and the cultural significance behind each dish.

So, if you’re an adventurous foodie or simply interested in exploring a new culinary landscape, join me on this journey as we dive into the top 35 best Brazilian foods that you absolutely have to try.

From savory snacks to sweet desserts, Brazil has a plethora of foods that you simply have to taste for yourself.

If you like to explore more food from other countries, also check out the Top Dishes from the Dominican Republic or Delicious Desserts from Colombia!

Feijoada (Black Bean and Pork Stew)

Indulge in the rich and savory flavors of Feijoada, a traditional Brazilian black bean and pork stew. This hearty stew is a staple in Brazilian cuisine.

The dish typically consists of black beans, various cuts of pork such as sausage, bacon, and pork shoulder, along with vegetables like onions and garlic.

The ingredients are simmered together for hours until the beans have softened and the meat detaches easily from the bone.

Feijoada is often served with rice, collard greens, farofa (toasted manioc flour), and orange slices to balance out the richness of the stew.

It’s no wonder why feijoada has become one of Brazil’s most iconic dishes. It’s a delicious representation of the country’s culinary culture!

Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)

Pão de Queijo

You haven’t lived until you’ve tried Pão de Queijo – the cheesy, pillowy goodness will blow your mind! This traditional Brazilian food is a staple in Brazilian cuisine and is often found as a popular street food.

Made with tapioca flour and cheese, these little bread balls are crunchy on the exterior and tender on the interior. The texture of Pão de Queijo is unlike any other bread you’ve ever had. It’s almost like biting into a cloud infused with cheese.

These delicious treats can be enjoyed any time of the day – breakfast, lunch, or as a snack. Trust me, once you try Pão de Queijo, you’ll understand why it’s such a beloved food in Brazil!


If you want to experience the mouthwatering flavors of Brazil, be sure not to miss the enticing aroma of acarajé being fried up on the streets of Salvador.

This traditional Brazilian dish is a popular street food that locals and tourists love.

Made from black-eyed peas, onions, and spices, the fritters are deep-fried to perfection and served with a variety of fillings such as shrimp, vatapá (a creamy sauce made from bread crumbs, coconut milk, and peanuts), and caruru (a spicy okra stew).

Acarajé is just one example of the deliciousness that can be found in Brazilian cuisine.

With its rich blend of African, European, and indigenous influences, there’s no shortage of flavorful dishes to try when exploring this vibrant food culture.

Coxinha (Brazilian Chicken Croquette)

After enjoying some delicious Pastel de Queijo in Rio de Janeiro, I couldn’t resist trying another typical dish of Brazilian culture Coxinha.

This savory snack is made with shredded chicken meat, coated in dough, and fried to perfection. The first bite revealed a burst of flavors that complemented each other perfectly: the crispy exterior, the moist filling of seasoned chicken, and the subtle hints of spices.

It was served piping hot and paired nicely with a side of Pão de Queijo. As someone who appreciates good food, I can confidently say that Coxinha is one of the best Brazilian foods out there!

Brazilian Style Beans

Brazilian Style Beans.

If you’re looking to add some flavor and protein to your meal, try cooking up some Brazilian-style beans!

Black beans are a staple ingredient in many traditional Brazilian dishes and are often served with rice cooked in the same pot.

Combining these two ingredients is known as ‘feijão com arroz and is a classic pairing in Brazil.

Pudim de Leite (Brazilian Flan)

Pudim de Leite

Get ready to experience the rich and creamy texture of Pudim de Leite, a classic Brazilian flan that will tantalize your taste buds.

This dessert is made with simple ingredients such as milk, eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract.

It’s often accompanied by bolo de chocolate (chocolate cake) or topped with chocolate sprinkles for an extra touch of sweetness.

Pudim de leite can be found throughout Brazil and other parts of South America and Latin America, where it’s enjoyed as a staple dessert after many meals. For a delicious twist, try my Puerto Rican Flan.

Feijão Tropeiro (Tropeiro Beans)

Feijão Tropeiro

This hearty and flavorful bean dish is made with black-eyed peas, bacon, sausage, collard greens, and farofa (toasted cassava flour).

The dish gets its name from the ‘tropeiros’ or traveling traders who used to carry these ingredients on long journeys across Brazil.

The beans are cooked until soft and seasoned with garlic, onions, and cumin before adding in the meats and vegetables.

To add extra depth of flavor, some cooks will also use palm oil and dried shrimp in their recipe.

Feijão tropeiro is a staple in Brazilian cuisine that has been enjoyed for generations – it’s no wonder why!

Moqueca Baiana (Brazilian Fish Stew)

Moqueca Baiana

Immerse yourself in the rich flavors of Brazil by trying the mouth-watering Moqueca Baiana, a traditional Brazilian fish stew.

This typical dish hails from the southern region of Bahia and has been influenced by Afro-Brazilian cuisine as well as native and immigrant populations.

The base of this delicious stew is made with coconut milk, giving it a creamy texture and adding depth to its flavor.

The main ingredients include fresh seafood such as shrimp or whitefish, onions, garlic, tomatoes, peppers and dendê oil, a palm oil that gives it its unique orange color.

The mixture is slow-cooked until the fish becomes tender and flavorful.

Served alongside rice or bread, Moqueca Baiana is an unforgettable culinary experience showcasing Brazil’s diverse culture through its food.

Frango a Passarinho (Brazilian Chicken Wings)

Frango a Passarinho

You’ve got to try the Frango a Passarinho! As a chicken wing lover, this dish perfectly combines crispy and juicy.

It’s a staple at any Brazilian barbecue, and it pairs perfectly with other traditional side dishes like cheese bread, cassava, and rice.

The secret to its unique flavor is in the preparation – marinated in garlic and spices before being deep-fried to perfection.

And if you’re feeling adventurous, try sprinkling grated coconut on top for an added touch of sweetness.

Pastel de Queijo (Brazilian Fried Pastry with Cheese or Beef)

Pastel de Queijo

One must indulge in the delectable Pastel de Queijo, a Brazilian fried pastry filled with gooey cheese or savory beef. These cheese buns are typically deep-fried to perfection and provide a crispy texture that complements the soft and flavorful filling.

The dish is also versatile, as some variations include shredded chicken or cream cheese as an alternative filling. The pastries can be found in street markets all over Brazil, and are perfect for a quick snack or meal on-the-go.

I highly recommend trying this popular Brazilian cuisine staple when visiting the country – it’s sure to satisfy your taste buds!

Mousse de Maracujá (Passion Fruit Mousse)

Mousse de Maracujá

Indulging in a creamy and tangy passion fruit mousse is a must-try experience for any food enthusiast. This traditional Brazilian dessert is a perfect ending to any meal. It has a velvety texture and refreshing taste.

Made with fresh passion fruit juice, sweetened condensed milk, and whipped cream, variations even include coconut milk or other tropical fruits such as mango or pineapple.

It’s not surprising that this sweet dish has turned into a fundamental part of Brazilian culinary tradition. You can find it on the menu of most Brazilian restaurants worldwide.

Don’t miss out on exploring the world of Brazilian recipes by trying out this delectable Passion Fruit Mousse!

Bolinho de Bacalhau

Mousse de Maracujá (Passion Fruit Mousse)

Imagine sinking your teeth into a crispy and savory Bolinho de Bacalhau, a popular street food in Brazil.

This traditional Brazilian dish is made with salt cod, potatoes, onions, and parsley, and it’s an absolute must-try for anyone exploring Brazilian cuisine.

Bolinho de Bacalhau is a perfect example of how Portuguese influence has shaped Brazilian food culture over the years.


The favored beef cut called Picanha is known for its tenderness and rich flavor, making it a staple in traditional Brazilian cuisine. If you’re a foodie visiting the country, trying picanha is a must-do.

The cut comes from the top sirloin and is typically seasoned with sea salt before being grilled to perfection. In Southern Brazil, it’s often served on skewers and accompanied by farofa (toasted manioc flour) and vinagrete (tomato, onion, and vinegar salsa).

The combination of the juicy meat with the crunchy texture of the farofa creates an explosion of flavors in your mouth.

To experience authentic Brazilian food, make sure to add picanha to your list of must-eat dishes!



You’ll love trying beijinho, a popular Brazilian sweet made with condensed milk and coconut flakes. It’s a traditional Brazilian food that is commonly served at celebrations and events.

Beijinho translates to ‘little kiss,’ which perfectly describes its small size and irresistible sweetness. The main ingredients are condensed milk and grated coconut, which create a creamy texture with a tropical twist.

To make it, you mix the two ingredients, roll them into bite-sized balls, and then coat them in more grated coconut.

Beijinho is an essential part of Brazilian cuisine, so try it when visiting Brazil or at your local Brazilian restaurant.


Brazilian Canjica

If you haven’t tried it yet, canjica is a must-try dessert. This traditional Brazilian food is a sweet and creamy dish that’s made from white corn kernels cooked in coconut milk and sugar.

It’s typically served warm and topped with cinnamon, cloves, and grated coconut. Canjica is not only delicious but also an important part of Brazilian cuisine and culture.

It’s often served during festivals like Festa Junina, which celebrates the harvest season in Brazil.

There are many variations of this dish that use different ingredients such as condensed milk or peanuts, so it’s worth trying different Brazilian recipes to find your favorite version of canjica.

Vinagrete (Brazilian Vinaigrette Salsa)

Vinagrete (Brazilian Vinaigrette Salsa)

You’re gonna love adding Vinagrete to your BBQ meats, it’s the perfect tangy and spicy salsa to elevate any dish!

As a staple of traditional Brazilian cuisine, this tomato sauce is a must-try for anyone looking to explore popular Brazilian foods.

Made with onions, tomatoes, green peppers, vinegar and oil, Vinagrete complements grilled meats such as steak or chicken perfectly, providing a zesty contrast that will leave your taste buds dancing.

It’s no wonder why this vibrant condiment has become so beloved in Brazil; its fresh ingredients and bold flavors truly capture the essence of Brazilian cuisine.

Don’t miss out on trying this delicious and classic dish at your next BBQ!

Empadão (Brazilian Chicken Pie)

Empadão (Brazilian Chicken Pie)

When I first tried Empadão, I was blown away by the flaky crust and savory filling of chicken, vegetables, and spices. This traditional Brazilian chicken pie is a must-try for any foodie.

Made with tender chicken cooked in olive oil and mixed with mashed potatoes and other veggies, the filling is placed into a clay pot before being covered with a buttery pastry crust.

The combination of flavors in each bite makes it easy to understand why this dish has become such an iconic part of Brazilian cuisine.

Requeijão (Brazilian Cream Cheese)

 toasts with cream cheese

Indulge in the creamy and rich flavor of Requeijão, a beloved Brazilian cream cheese that will leave your taste buds begging for more.

This versatile cheese can be used as a spread on bread or crackers, added to traditional dishes like pão de queijo (cheese bread) or Brazilian fish stew, or even incorporated into sweet treats like corn flour cake or condensed milk desserts.

Originating from Rio de Janeiro, Requeijão is a staple in many Brazilian households. It can also be found at local street vendors where it’s served on top of a delicious Brazilian hot dog.

Don’t miss out on this delicious addition to any meal!

Red Currant Caipirinha

Red Currant Caipirinha

Savor the refreshing taste of a Red Currant Caipirinha, a fruity twist on Brazil’s national cocktail.

As someone who’s had the pleasure of visiting Rio de Janeiro and indulging in all sorts of delicious Brazilian foods like pão de queijo, Brazilian fish stew, and even a unique take on the classic hot dog, I can confidently say that this drink is not to be missed.

A mix of muddled red currants, cachaça, lime wedges, and sugar, this caipirinha is bursting with flavor.

Classic Lime Caipirinha

brazilian caipirinha cocktails

After sipping on the refreshing Red Currant Caipirinha, I couldn’t resist trying its classic counterpart – the Lime Caipirinha.

This cocktail is a staple in São Paulo and has become a symbol of Brazilian cuisine worldwide. The list of ingredients is short – lime juice, sugar, ice and cachaça. It’s amazing how such basic ingredients can create such an iconic and delicious beverage.

The history behind it is fascinating too. The Caipirinha was born out of Brazil’s mix of native and immigrant populations, with sugarcane being introduced by Portuguese colonizers.

Limonada Suíça (Brazilian Lemonade)

A jug and a glass with Brazilian Lemonade.

The Limonada Suíça, with its revitalizing and smooth taste, is a favored non-alcoholic beverage in Brazil. It’s made with fresh lemons, sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and ice.

The combination of tangy lemon juice and rich condensed milk perfectly accompanies traditional Brazilian foods like pão de queijo (cheese bread), manioc flour-based dishes, and smoked sausage. Check out my version of Brazilian Homemade Lemonade.

Whether you’re in search of a refreshing drink for a sweltering day or complement your meal, the Limonada Suíça is definitely worth trying when exploring Brazilian cuisine.

Brigadeiro (Brazilian Chocolate Fudge Balls)


Indulge in the decadent sweetness of Brigadeiro, a beloved Brazilian dessert. This treat is one of Brazil’s favorite desserts and it’s not hard to see why.

The blend of deep chocolate taste and velvety consistency is undeniably enticing. To make brigadeiros, you start by cooking the condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter over low heat until it thickens into a fudgy consistency.

Then allow it to cool prior to shaping it into small, bite-sized spheres and enveloping them in chocolate sprinkles.

You can find brigadeiros at any typical Brazilian party or gathering; they are always crowd-pleasers.



You can’t resist the sweet and gooey texture of Quindim, one of Brazil’s favorite desserts. This classic Brazilian sweet dish is crafted using egg yolks, sugar, and shreds of coconut.

It’s a staple in Brazilian culture and widely enjoyed throughout South America.

The dessert is one of the most typical dishes in Brazilian cuisine and is often served at special occasions such as weddings and baptisms.

To add even more flavor, some recipes include cocoa powder for an extra chocolatey twist.

Quindim is a must-try for anyone looking to experience the best Brazilian sweets.

Brigadeiro Ice Cream

Brigadeiro Ice Cream

After indulging in the sweet and decadent Quindim, I couldn’t help but crave another one of Brazil’s favorite desserts.

That’s when I discovered Brigadeiro Ice Cream, a mouthwatering dish that combines the classic flavors of Brigadeiro with creamy ice cream.

As someone who loves both sweet treats and cold desserts, I was excited to try this Brazilian version of ice cream.

Although not exactly part of a typical Brazilian diet, Brigadeiro Ice Cream is definitely worth trying for those with a sweet tooth looking for an indulgent treat.

Sorvete de Maracujá Cremoso (Passion Fruit Ice Cream)

Sorvete de Maracujá Cremoso

You’ll love the creamy and refreshing taste of Sorvete de Maracujá Cremoso, a passion fruit ice cream that’s perfect for hot summer days.

This dessert is one of Brazil’s favorite desserts and is considered as one of the most typical dishes in Brazilian food culture.

Brazilian cuisine is heavily influenced by its tropical fruits, and this ice cream flavor showcases the country’s love for passion fruit.

The fusion of velvety milk and zesty passion fruit yields an exclusive and delightful taste that will keep you craving for more.

Don’t miss out on trying Sorvete de Maracujá Cremoso during your next visit to Brazil!

Torta Holandesa (Chocolate Covered Cream Pie)

Torta Holandesa

If you’re a fan of creamy, chocolatey desserts, then Torta Holandesa is a must-try. This Brazilian dessert consists of layers of buttery biscuit crumbs, rich cream cheese filling, and a decadent chocolate ganache topping.

The contrast between the crunchy crust and the velvety smooth filling makes for an indulgent treat that’s perfect for any occasion.

Trust me when I say that once you try Torta Holandesa, you’ll understand why it’s so beloved by Brazilians.

Bolo de Coco (Coconut Cake)

Bolo de Coco

When you’re craving something sweet and tropical, nothing hits the spot like a slice of Bolo de Coco. This delicious sweet dish is prepared using coconut milk, coconut shreds, and an ample quantity of sugar to create a rich and decadent flavor.

The texture is soft and moist, making it the perfect treat to enjoy with your morning coffee or as an after-dinner dessert.

The cake is typically topped with a sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes or a dollop of whipped cream for an added touch of sweetness.

It’s no wonder why Bolo de Coco is one of the most beloved Brazilian desserts – its simplicity and deliciousness are truly irresistible. For more delicious drssert recipes, check out Best Venezuelan Desserts, or Best Mexican Desserts.

Moqueca Capixaba

Moqueca Capixaba.

Indulge in the unique flavors of Moqueca Capixaba, a traditional Brazilian food from Espírito Santo state.

The base of the stew is made with coconut milk and palm oil, giving it a creamy texture that perfectly complements the fresh seafood used in the dish.

The use of dendê oil, or red palm oil, gives it an earthy flavor that can only be found in southern Brazil.

The combination of these ingredients creates a dish that’s both savory and sweet, making it a must-try for anyone looking to experience traditional Brazilian food at its finest.


Brazilian Barreado

Get ready to savor the rich and flavorful Barreado, a slow-cooked beef stew from the state of Paraná in southern Brazil.

This traditional Brazilian dish is one of the staples of Brazilian cuisine and has been enjoyed for centuries. It’s made by cooking beef with onions, garlic, tomatoes, and various spices in a sealed clay pot for hours.

The result is a deliciously thick and hearty stew that pairs perfectly with rice or cassava flour. Barreado isn’t only an incredibly tasty dish but also an important part of Brazilian food culture, representing the diversity and richness of traditional Brazilian foods.


Caruru brazil

Experience the unique and flavorful taste of Caruru, a traditional Brazilian food from Bahia in northeastern Brazil.

This dish combines okra with various spices and seafood, making it a staple in Brazilian cuisine.

The dish is typically made with palm oil, which adds depth to the flavor and gives it a distinct aroma.

What makes this dish stand out is its use of coconut milk, which provides a creamy texture that compliments the spiciness of its ingredients.

Caruru isn’t just delicious, it’s also an important part of Brazilian culture that showcases the country’s diverse culinary traditions.


Brazilian Tacacá

You’ll love trying Tacacá, a popular street food from the northern region of Brazil that showcases traditional Brazilian cuisine at its finest.

This dish is made with a flavorful broth made from tucupi (a sour liquid extracted from cassava), jambu leaves (which cause a tingling sensation in the mouth), and spices such as garlic and onion.

The soup is then poured over cooked tapioca pearls and topped with shredded dried shrimp, chopped cilantro, and sliced green onions.

The creamy coconut milk and rich palm oil, add depth to the flavors and create a velvety texture that perfectly complements the chewy tapioca pearls.

Be sure to try Tacacá on your next culinary adventure!


Brazil Sarapatel

Sarapatel is a spicy and flavorful dish commonly found in the northeastern region of Brazil, and it’s definitely worth trying if you’re looking for a taste of traditional Brazilian cuisine.

This dish is one of the most typical dishes from the region and is made with pig organs, typically liver and heart, that are cooked with onions, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, and spices like cumin and bay leaves. The result is a rich stew that packs a punch of flavor.

Sarapatel is usually served with rice or mashed cassava roots called pirão. In some places, it’s also accompanied by pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread), which adds another layer of texture to this already delicious meal.

If you’re adventurous enough to try different Brazilian dishes beyond the usual feijoada or churrasco, sarapatel should be high on your list of must-try Brazilian foods!


Vetapá is a kind of puree made by blending previously cooked shrimp, peanuts, and bread soaked in coconut milk, ginger, onion, salt, coriander, and pepper.

It should be heated in a shallow pot or casserole over low heat while adding coconut milk gradually.

One of the most notable variations of this dish is the one prepared in Amazonas, where it does not contain peanuts. While in other areas, it is accompanied by rice, because its consistency is practically a cream.

It is usually served with meat, fish, and fresh squid. An excellent combination is also to use it as a filling for acarajé. 

Moqueca de peixe

Moqueca de peixe (fish moqueca) is a popular Brazilian dish that is very common in the provinces of Espírito Santo and Bahia. It is prepared with loins of grouper, snapper, or sea bass, seasoned with salt and pepper, and marinated in lemon juice.

Red and green bell pepper and onion are fried and the fish is added with palm oil, shrimp, coconut milk, coriander, and, ground chili. Then, let it simmer for about 10 minutes.

Moqueca means a stick for grilling over hot coals. It comes from moquem, a native expression. The natives used to cook fish and meat wrapped in banana leaves over a fire. Then they used a stick to roast them, very similar to the skewers we know.

Nowadays, this kind of soup is prepared in a clay pot, an element as traditional as the fish dish itself, to the point of being considered an intangible national treasure, due to its cultural value.     

Casquinha de siri

Casquinha de siri is a dish frequently consumed in Brazil’s coastal regions. This dish is made with crab meat that is marinated with lemon juice, then onion, tomato, and bell pepper previously sautéed with coriander and garlic are added.

Finally, cassava flour and Parmesan cheese are added to bake it. It is traditionally served in a crab shell.

Thanks to its different regions, Brazil has several versions of the casquinha de siri. For example, some regions include crayfish, dogfish, shrimp, cod, various types of shredded fish meat, or salmon.

Casquinha de siri is usually related to fishermen’s food, however, this dish can be found in high-end restaurants as well. It is very popular with tourists on the beaches or as a starter dish.      

Churrasco (Brazilian-style Barbecue)

Churrasco ( Brazil Barbecue)

While it’s not a specific dish on its own, Churrasco is worth mentioning on every list of top foods of Brazil because it represents much more than a simple culinary technique.

It is an integral part of Brazil’s gastronomic identity, offering a unique experience that transcends the flavors of the meats being cooked.

It’s not just about the taste, but the whole process of gathering around the grill, selecting and marinating the meats, and slowly cooking them to perfection over an open fire.

The experience is further elevated in ‘rodízio’ style restaurants where an endless parade of grilled meats are brought to your table, making it a carnivore’s delight.

Served with accompaniments such as vinaigrette salsa, farofa, white rice, and an array of sausages and bread, a churrasco meal is a gastronomic journey that allows one to taste a bit of Brazil’s culture and tradition with every bite.

It’s a social event that brings people together, enhancing the country’s reputation for warm hospitality.


I hope exploring the world of Brazilian cuisine has been a delightful experience. There is definitely no shortage of flavorful dishes in this vibrant culture.

From the savory Pão de Queijo to the sweet Beijinho, each dish tells a unique story and offers a glimpse into the history and traditions of Brazil.

As someone who loves to try new foods, I highly recommend giving these Brazilian delicacies a chance.

Each dish provides an unforgettable taste experience that will leave you wanting more. Whether you’re indulging in the fluffy cheese bread or savoring the succulent Picanha, Brazilian cuisine has become increasingly popular worldwide.

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