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Smoky Spanish Chorizo Stew with Spinach and Chickpeas

Written By: Byron | June 2, 2023
A large pot of Smoky chorizo stew with spinach and chickpeas.

Smoky Chorizo stew with spinach and chickpeas combines the rich paprika-infused oil from the chorizo with a nutty chickpea stew that’s brightened with some spinach and a zing of fresh lemon. Made in one big pot, this recipe combines easy-to-find ingredients and a meal that feeds 6 can be made in under an hour. 

This recipe is a combination of two distinguished recipes from Spanish cuisine, espinacas con garbanzos (Spinach and Chickpeas), and Fabada Asturiana, which is a rich stew made with cuts of meat, morcilla, chorizo sausage, Asturian beans, and a few select vegetables.

Budget-Friendly Recipe | Meat & Poultry Recipe | One-Pot | Easy Recipe | Main Meal Recipe | High Protein | High Fiber | Midweek Dinner | Made in under 1 hour

Serving:

Main 4-6 servings

Ready in:

Under 1 hour

Skill level:

Easy

Serve with:

Fresh bread

Ingredients used to make Chorizo stew with spinach and cchickpeas sits on a white table top.

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Ingredients you’ll need 

(makes 4-6 servings)

    • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 onion, sliced fine
    • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
    • 14 oz. (400g) of fresh chorizo sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces 
    • 2 potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
    • 17 oz. (500g) frozen spinach
    • 17 oz. (500g) jar of prepared chickpeas 
    • 14 oz. (400g) can of diced tomatoes
    • 16 fl oz. (500ml) of vegetable or chicken stock
    • 2 tablespoons of ketchup
    • 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
    • 1 heaped teaspoon of Spanish La Vera smoked paprika
    • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon of salt
    • Cracked black pepper for seasoning
    • 1 lemon (for garnish)

    Note: Check out this  Homemade Chicken stock recipe, it’s super easy to make and ready in under 1 hour.

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    How to make Smoky Spanish chorizo stew with spinach and chickpeas

     

    Step 1 – Prepare veggie stock

    • In a small pot, prepare your chicken/vegetable stock and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer. 

    Step 2 – Prepare base sauce and chorizo

    • Heat half the oil in a pan on medium-high heat. 
    • Add the onions and saute for around 5 minutes or until they become golden. 
    • Add the chorizo sausage and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes or until you see the rich chorizo-infused oil start to release from the chorizo sausage. 

    Step 3 – Add veggies and spices

    • Add the potatoes and continue to simmer for another 3-4 minutes
    • Add the garlic and can of diced tomatoes and continue to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    • Add the spinach and stir through. 
    • Add the ketchup and white wine vinegar and stir through. Then add 3-4 ladles worth of stock, season to taste, and cover. Simmer for 5 minutes

    Step 4 – Add chickpeas, season, and serve. 

    • Finally, add the chickpeas and stir into the stew. Simmer for around 5 minutes. Add more vegetable stock if you want a more liquid consistency. 

    Before serving, season with some fresh cracked black pepper, and serve with a few slices of fresh lemon.

    A small bowl of smoky Spanish chorizo stew with spinach and chickpeas.

    Cooking with Spanish Chorizo

    Spanish Chorizo is a fantastic ingredient to cook with, not only is it easy to prepare, but it brings with it layers of delicious flavors that add to any recipe. 

    For this recipe, we use fresh (raw) chorizo which you’ll find in the refrigerated section of the supermarket. Fresh chorizo, called chorizo fresca in Spanish, is made with fresh ground pork meat and spices with use of smoked paprika featuring as the prominent spice in any chorizo products. 

    Once cooked, fresh chorizo releases lots of delicious paprika-infused oil into the recipe and provides a warm, lightly spiced, and smoky flavor. 

    Is chorizo spicy?

    Typically, chorizo is not too spicy. Smoked Spanish paprika such as La Vera paprika uses a drying process with oak and holm oak wood and is not considered spicy. If you’re looking to add a little more heat to this recipe, add 1 teaspoon of crushed chili flakes or 1-2 fresh chilis.

    Not into smoky flavors? Try using sweet paprika instead.

    You can discover more about the various types of Spanish paprika in our paprika guide.

    Where to buy fresh chorizo 

    USA & Canada

    Fresh chorizo may be called “cooking chorizo” in the US and it is the chorizo found in the refrigerated section of your local Spanish produce store or supermarket. Speak to your local butcher for fresh chorizo or order it online through popular Spanish produce stores such as La Tienda (US & Canada).

    It’s the same type of chorizo that you can cook in a pan or on a BBQ grill. As it is a fresh (raw) meat product, it will have an expiry date and will require cooking before consumption. 

    UK

    Until recently, fresh Spanish chorizo was relatively easy to find in most supermarkets in the UK. However, due to tightened border controls for fresh meat products, it’s a little more difficult to source fresh chorizo in the UK. 

    Ask your local butcher for fresh chorizo and online Spanish food importers such as Basco Fine Foods are also a good shout for Spanish chorizo. 

    Europe

    There are plenty of European supermarkets that stock fresh chorizo. LIDL has a great range of fresh, semi-cured, and cured chorizo and is found all over Europe. ALDI also stocks “Chorizo-style” pork sausages which will work just fine in this recipe. 

    Online Spanish food and produce stores are plentiful and you’ll find a good range of specialty items, with many online retailers offering Europe-wide delivery and some even offer free delivery when purchasing over a certain amount. Some great online stores for Spanish goods are Gastronomic Spain, Jamonarium, just to name a few. 

    Australia

    Similar to the UK, tough border controls are prohibitive on imported fresh meat products so it may be tricky to find authentic fresh Spanish Chorizo in Australia.

    Fortunately, there are plenty of local butchers and supermarkets that offer Spanish-style chorizo sausage which is perfect for this recipe. 

    Both Coles and Woolworths sell Primo Continental Chorizo, a Spanish-style chorizo made from coarsely minced pork and spiced with paprika for a full-flavor. It’s also worth checking out European Supermarket chains such as ALDI for Spanish-style chorizo products.

    Looking for more chorizo recipes?

    Here are a few of our super-popular chicken and chorizo recipes:

    One-Pot Spanish Chicken and Chorizo Stew

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    Spicy chicken and chorizo rice

    Spinach and Chickpeas

    This recipe is heavily influenced by the Spanish Spinach and chickpeas recipe called Espinacas con garbanzos. The authentic recipe combines smoked paprika, chickpeas, spinach, breadcrumbs, and stock to make a rich and warming vegan friendly stew. 

    We’ve used a majority of the ingredients found in this traditional Spanish recipe, plus added some delicious fresh chorizo which really brings out the smoky flavors and adds another layer of flavor.

    Smoked paprika

    If there is one spice that defines Spanish cuisine, it would have to be paprika, and the smoked paprika variety is incredibly popular. It is used in everything from seasoning meat and vegetable dishes, to adding depth and smoky flavors to soups, and stews. When it comes to smoked paprika, one variety stands tall in Spain, and that’s smoked paprika from the town of La Vera in the Extremadura region

    Pimentón de la Vera (smoked paprika)

    Smoked paprika is arguably Spain’s most well-known variety, even if it’s just for the dishes that rely on it. Some of the most famous Spanish recipes use it: seafood paella, patatas bravas, just to name a few of the better-known Spanish dishes. In all honesty, you’ll find smoked paprika in a majority of Spanish recipes

    Traditional Spanish smoked paprika is made by smoking peppers over a wood fire (holm oak or oak). La Vera (in Extremadura) is where the magic happens. The paprika here is still handmade and boasts a supreme color and taste. It adds an incredible richness to dishes and is a striking, brilliant red. 

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    A large pot of Smoky Spanish chorizo stew with spinach and chickpeas.

    Chorizo Stew Nutrition Facts

    Serving size: 200g
    Servings: 6
    Amount per serving  
    Calories 566
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 31.6g 41%
    Saturated Fat 7.9g 40%
    Cholesterol 58mg 19%
    Sodium 1232mg 54%
    Total Carbohydrate 46.9g 17%
    Dietary Fiber 11.3g 40%
    Total Sugars 10.3g  
    Protein 26.7g  
    Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
    Calcium 158mg 12%
    Iron 6mg 35%
    Potassium 1331mg 28%
    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    FAQs and Cooking Tips

    How long does Smoky Chorizo stew with spinach and chickpeas take to make? 

    • Prep time: 10 minutes
    • Cook time; 30-35 minutes
    • Total time: 45 minutes

    What is the best chorizo to use for this recipe?

    Use fresh (raw) chorizo sausage that you find in the refrigerated section. 

    Best way to store any leftovers?

    Leftovers will last up to 3 days airtight container in the fridge, and up to 3 months when stored frozen.

    A small bowl of Chorizo steew with spniach and chickpeas.

    Smoky Spanish Chorizo Stew with Spinach and Chickpeas

    Byron
    Smoky Spanish chorizo stew with spinach and chickpeas combines the rich paprika-infused oil from the chorizo with a nutty chickpea stew that’s brightened with some spinach and a zing of fresh lemon. Made in one big pot, this recipe combines easy-to-find ingredients and a meal that feeds 6 can be made in under an hour.
    5 from 2 votes
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 40 minutes
    Course dinner, Main Course, meal, meat
    Cuisine Authentic Spanish recipe, Mediterranean, Spain
    Servings 6 people
    Calories 566 kcal

    Equipment

    • 1 large pot with lid 10-12-inches in diameter (25-30 cm)
    • 1 pot for heating the stock

    Ingredients

    • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 onion sliced fine
    • 5 cloves of garlic chopped fine
    • 14 oz. 400g of fresh chorizo sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 2 potatoes cut into 1-inch cubes
    • 17 oz. 500g frozen spinach
    • 17 oz. 500g jar of prepared chickpeas
    • 14 oz. 400g can of diced tomatoes
    • 16 fl oz. 500ml of vegetable or chicken stock
    • 2 tablespoons of ketchup
    • 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
    • 1 heaped teaspoon of Spanish La Vera smoked paprika
    • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon of salt
    • Cracked black pepper for seasoning
    • 1 lemon for garnish

    Instructions
     

    Step 1 - Prepare veggie stock

    • In a small pot, prepare your chicken/vegetable stock and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer.
      16 fl oz.
      A large pot of homemade chicken stock

    Step 2 - Prepare base sauce and chorizo

    • Heat half the oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute for around 5 minutes or until they become golden.
      4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1 onion
      diced onion in a pan
    • Add the chorizo sausage and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes or until you see the rich chorizo-infused oil start to release from the chorizo sausage.
      14 oz. 400g of fresh chorizo sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
      pieces of chorizo cook in a pan with some sauteed onions.

    Step 3 - Add veggies and spices

    • Add the potatoes and continue to simmer for another 3-4 minutes.
      2 potatoes
      some potatoes are added to a pan with some fried chorizo and onions.
    • Add the garlic, spices, and can of diced tomatoes and continue to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the spinach and stir through.
      5 cloves of garlic, 17 oz. 500g frozen spinach, 14 oz. 400g can of diced tomatoes, 1 heaped teaspoon of Spanish La Vera smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of salt
    • Add the ketchup and white wine vinegar and stir through. Then add 3-4 ladles worth of stock, season to taste, and cover. Simmer for 5 minutes.
      1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons of ketchup

    Step 4 - Add chickpeas, season, and serve.

    • Finally, add the chickpeas and stir into the stew. Simmer for around 5 minutes. Add more vegetable stock if you want a more liquid consistency.
      17 oz. 500g jar of prepared chickpeas
      Chickpeas are added to a large pot of ingredients.
    • Before serving, season with some fresh cracked black pepper, and serve with a few slices of fresh lemon.
      Cracked black pepper for seasoning, 1 lemon
      A small bowl of Chorizo steew with spniach and chickpeas.

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    Nutrition

    Serving: 200gCalories: 566kcalCarbohydrates: 46.9gProtein: 26.7gFat: 31.6gSaturated Fat: 7.9gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 1232mgPotassium: 1331mgFiber: 11.3gSugar: 10.3gCalcium: 158mgIron: 6mg
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