Traditionally, Rice and beans are the staple diet in the country. Catholicism was introduced by Portuguese Jesuits in the 16th century during colonization, with the aim of converting indigenous cultures to Christianity. Then, many other immigrants arrived as well: Lebanese, Germans, Italians, Brazilian food has also been influenced by other European, African, South American, and Asian countries. It varies greatly by region, reflecting the country's mix of native and immigrant populations, and its continental size as well. Copyright © 2008 - 2019, The Brazil Business - All rights reserved, Atum - tomato sauce, raw grated tuna and onions, Brócolis - tomato sauce, mozzarella, broccoli, bacon slices, cream cheese and oregano, Calabresa - tomato sauce, calabresa sausage, onions and oregano, Frango com catupiry - tomato sauce, shredded chicken, cream cheese and oregano, Mussarela - tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and oregano, Margherita - tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, basil leaves and tomato slices. The cuisine of a nation is determined largely by the societies, customs and traditions within that culture as well as by accessibility and availability to certain foods and ingredients. Brazil boasts plenty of ethnic restaurants, which have introduced dishes like sushi to the locals. Brazilians love their savoury snacks (salgadinhos), which they eat along with strong, black coffee or the caipirinha cocktails that are considered Brazil’s national drink (made with cachaça sugar cane rum, sugar and lime juice). History of the Brazilian Food The traditional food of Brazil is a combination of many different cultural inheritances that have mixed and created a very interesting and unique cuisine.