3 May 2012

Easy Meal - Spanish Chorizo Stew

I usually put together a meal plan on a Sunday for our dinners for the week but sometimes it doesn't all go to plan (normally when either Hubby or I forget to get frozen meat out of the freezer in the morning or I realise I haven't got all the ingredients). This was one of those days, we were going to have Turkey, Chorizo and cous cous but I forgot the turkey in my whirlwind of getting Bubba and me out of the house in the morning. So I decided to make a Chorizo stew which also used up some of our store cupboard bits.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes

1 Chorizo sausage (today I used the pre cooked one)
1 tin of Haricot beans
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
1 pepper
1 Onion
2 cloves of Garlic
1 tsp tomato puree
1 tsp Smoked paprika
1 tsp Chilli powder (I use hot)
1 small potato (I used four small new potatoes)
1/2 tsp cocoa powder 

I sliced the onion finely, chopped up the chorizo into small chunks, sliced the pepper and put them all into a pan (with a little oil) to fry gently for about 3 minutes.

Once the Chorizo has released its flavour, I then added the beans, garlic, paprika and chilli powder into the pot and mixed them all in. Next in was both tins of tomatoes and the potato which was cut into small chunks. Now not so authentic but I add mushrooms (cut into chunks) and some cherry tomatoes cut up.

Bring this to the boil and then turn down to simmer for 20 minutes covered up, put in the cocoa powder and then give it a mix and partially uncover for another 20 minutes (or until the sauce has thickened). Season to taste and either serve onto plates with some crusty bread or bring the pot to the table and let everyone help themselves.

This is a nice smokey flavoured stew which we love (and at this point I'd like to thank brother in law Frank for introducing us to smoked paprika) but if you don't have it then use normal paprika. You can also leave the cocoa powder out as this also gives a richer flavour.

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