Chorizo, Tomato and Chilli Bean Stew

by Jacqueline on October 21, 2012

A classic Autumnal Spanish Stew

Chorizo, Tomato and Chilli Bean Stew

I came across this little gem of a recipe several years ago when I was preparing for our wedding. I was on a mission to lose weight and coupled with regular gym sessions, I followed the Weightwatchers Points system. Believe it or not, this recipe is inspired from Weightwatchers. I have adapted for my own taste buds but the core ingredients remain true to the original recipe. I continue to be surprised at how creative and tasty some of their recipes can be. Who would have thought chorizo would be used in one of their recipes?

This recipe can also be used as a quick mid-week meal when you don’t have a lot in the fridge as it relies on a few staples in your store cupboard.  It’s one of our favourite mid-week meals as the intense flavour grips you from the first bite. As the colder months approach, we tend to rely on this recipe more and more frequently as it “warms the cockles of your heart” as my dad keeps telling me!

Chorizo, Tomato and Chilli Bean Stew

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 4 for Lunch or Dinner

A classic dish to heat you up in the Autumn/Winter nights. Very simple to prepare and made in a matter of minutes. If you feel the dish is too "bean heavy", adjust the amount of red kidney beans according to your taste.


  • 400g of fresh plum tomatoes, or, 400g tin of chopped, plum tomatoes
  • 2 red chilli peppers (including seeds), chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, pressed
  • 2 small onions or 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of mixed herbs
  • 100ml of water
  • 400g of kidney beans, (drained)
  • 400g of butter beans, (drained)
  • 150g of chorizo sausage, thinly sliced
  • Freshly ground pepper for seasoning
  • A generous bunch of coriander


  1. Cut the tomatoes in half and place in a blender with the mixed herbs to make a sauce.
  2. In a saucepan sauté the onions in olive oil for about 4 minutes, then add the chilli and the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Pour the tomato sauce into the saucepan with 100ml of water and bring to the boil.
  4. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the chorizo, butter and chilli beans and cook for a further 15 minutes. You want the sauce to be reduced so leave the lid off.
  6. When you are happy with the consistency, serve up in a bowl and garnish with lots of fresh chopped coriander. A side order of crusty bread is always nice to mop up this most fragrant of stews.


If you are not a fan of spicy dishes, reduce the amount of chilli pepper.

Obviously if you don’t have fresh tomatoes in the fridge, replace with a tin of chopped plum peel tomatoes. It works just as well.

I prefer the stew to be quite thick so I reduce it as much as possible. However, if you are looking for more of a soup consistency just remove from the heat when you reach the desired viscosity.

If you have a bowl of the hot stuff you’ll keep the cold at bay. Nothing could be simpler to make.

An intensley flavoured bowl of stew

A bowl of the hot stuff to keep the cold at bay

What classic dishes do you prepare to heat you up as the temperature plummets?

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Camilla @Fabfood4all October 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Mmm, sounds and looks yummy. I do a dish with butterbeans, vegetables and chorizo which is good so would love to try your more chillified dish and the coriander addition sounds delicious too! I have a little Weightwatchers paperback book and although I’ve never followed their diet I have used the book for many recipes which as you say are surprisingly delicious!


2 Jacqueline October 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Oh thanks Camilla. You always make the nicest comments. The coriander just freshens up a very intense dish. Yes, Weightwatchers wouldn’t be my first resource for recipes but it’s good when you find a classic like this one.


3 Laura@howtocookgoodfood October 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm

This is perfect. I love my pulses and eat lots of them. I often make a kind of variation of this dish myself, but I do love the idea of adding coriander for freshness as well as a bit of chopped chilli for me!


4 Jacqueline October 22, 2012 at 11:12 am

Thanks Laura – it works a treat!


5 Mich - Piece of Cake October 22, 2012 at 4:54 am

Sausage and beans and vegetables are definitely a favourite combination of mine! This stew looks delicious on a cold rainy day.


6 Jacqueline October 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

Thanks Michelle, it’s been raining here for a few days and the temperature has dipped so it was the perfect remedy :-)


7 rita cooks italian October 22, 2012 at 10:33 am

I love chorizo. It is such versatile sausage and I’m sure that this stew tastes delicious. I prefer simmering my tomato sauce for a long time (like you!) because I do not like the sharp flavour of raw tomatoes. I will try this one out very soon ( it’s foggy and windy! the perfect weather for comfort food). I will substitute kidney beans with borlotti beans (I’m not a kidney beans fan…)


8 Jacqueline October 22, 2012 at 11:14 am

Thanks Rita. Lovely idea to substitute with borlotti beans – let me know how you get on :-)


9 Kankana October 24, 2012 at 3:56 am

Now that will be so perfect for today! All I need is some crusty bread.


10 Jacqueline October 24, 2012 at 10:24 am

Thanks Kankana. Crusty bread is a perfect accompaniment!


11 Chris October 24, 2012 at 5:19 am

This is so wonderful. I think, that will save me one day soon as I have already some chorizo at home waiting to be used. That for sure will be something very delicious. Thank you for sharing this, Jacqueline!


12 Jacqueline October 24, 2012 at 10:26 am

Thanks Chris. Chorizo is one of my fridge essential ingredients – it’s smokiness can really transform a dish. I’d love to know if you try the recipe!


13 petra08 October 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Looking out at the miserable weather I know what to make sure dinner! This looks delicious and I like the added heat from the chilli as well!


14 Jacqueline October 26, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Thanks Petra! The grim weather was getting me down so it seemed the perfect remedy :-)


15 Karen October 31, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Another GLORIOUS recipe and thanks so much for entering it onto Herbs on Saturday – certainly warms the cockles of my heart just looking at it! Karen


16 Jacqueline November 1, 2012 at 8:06 am

Thanks Karen :-) xx


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