Recipe 12 Bean and Chorizo Stew

The weather has turned cold and horrible, and I wanted something to warm me up on a chilly day. Chorizo is one of my favourite foods, and thought I would tackle a new (and easy) warming stew recipe from here.

Ingredients (I halved the recipe for 2 people)
  • 200 g chorizo sausages, halved lengthways and sliced
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 225 g celery, chopped
  • 300 g carrots, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 400 g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 750 ml vegetable stock
  • 2 x 400g cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (I used butter beans)        


1. Fry the chorizo in a large pan until turns golden and has released its spicy oil. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

2. Add the chopped onion, celery and carrot to the oil in the pan and fry gently for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic, paprika, chilli powder and cumin and fry for a further minute. Add the chopped tomatoes and stock, and season with a little salt and black pepper.

3. Stir well, then return the chorizo to the pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

4. Add in the beans and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Serve hot.       

The suggestion is to serve with crusty bread, but I didn't really fancy it, so I just put it with my favourite....broccoli and peas.
The stew itself was really tasty and smokey. I wondered whether it would be too spicy, but it was just right for me...though that might be down to the chorizo you use as well. I thought it would be a little more tomatoey than it was, and next time, I might add more chopped tomatoes or less stock. Yummy.


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