Recipe: Four Bean Chorizo Stew

Jun 5, 2011 by     5 Comments    Posted under: Recipes, Soup Recipes
Four Bean Chorizo Stew

Four Bean Chorizo Stew

I love love LOVE this dish!  It is so freaking delicious.  It’s rustic yet elegant, simple yet sophisticated, sweet yet savory…. it’s beautiful.  The sweetness of the star anise permeates the colorful beans and pairs perfectly with the meaty Chorizo.

Four Bean Chorizo Stew Ingredients

  • Olive oil (enough to coat bottom of pot)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 Basque or Spanish chorizo links, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup or so red wine
  • ½ cup or so chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 star anise
  • 4 cans beans, assorted varieties (black, white, butter, kidney)
  • 1 can whole tomatoes (1 pint home canned), diced
  • 1 large handful of baby carrots, halved lengthwise
  • ½ cup brown sugar (loose, not packed)
  • Tablespoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Prepped Ingredients

Prepped Ingredients


For this recipe, you will need Basque or Spanish Chorizo.  Not all stores carry it, so you may have to look around a bit.  The more common similar Portuguese Linguica is a good substitute if you can’t find it.  Andouille sausage will work as well if you can’t find anything else, but use a mild flavored one.  Basque Chorizo is very mild.  It gets its beautiful red color from red peppers, typically red bell peppers.  It is made with ground pork, and typically has nice chunks of pork fat which adds a cool appearance and texture.  It is great in this dish, but is also really nice served with eggs or just grilled up and served in a bun.

Chorizo Sliced

Chorizo Sliced

Four Bean Chorizo Stew Directions

Sauté onion and chorizo in olive oil in a large sauce pot until browned.

Add garlic, bay leaf, star anise, red wine, and chicken broth and bring to a boil to allow alcohol to cook out.

Add beans (with their liquid), tomatoes (with their liquid), carrots, brown sugar, and onion powder, and cook on medium heat until carrots are tender and stew has reduced to a thick consistency (roughly 30 minutes).

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Remove bay leaf and star anise prior to serving.

Serves 4

Jothan Yeager, Jan 31st, 2007


Chorizo Browned

Chorizo Browned

Baby Carrots Halved

Baby Carrots Halved

Begin Reduction

Begin Reduction

Four Bean Chorizo Stew Close Up

Four Bean Chorizo Stew Close Up


5 Comments + Add Comment

  • I was lucky enough to taste this soup over at jess t’s house, it was very good, a little sweet so I will reduce the sugar by half when i make it, but it was very nice!

    • I’m glad you got to try it! I was going for a cross between baked beans and bean soup when I came up with this recipe, thus the sweetness. But please enjoy turning it into your own delicious concoction. That’s what cooking is all about! Thanks for the comment. :)

  • I have been DREAMING about this soup ever since you first posted it. First I had to collect the ingredients, then I had to soak & sprout my beans from dry (because I’m like that), and THEN I had to bum some wine from a neighbor (because I might just be a closet lush). The beans are simmering now, so it won’t be long! I am so excited!

    Ya know the best thing about this soup? There is enough chorizo to make it again! SO GOOD! We licked the pot clean. The kids and I liked chewing on the spent star anise to get the seeds out for afters…mmmmm

  • This sounds great! I cannot wait to try it!

  • THANK YOU for sharing this great meal with me last night. SO yummy and the bread was awesome. You nailed it on saying it is sweet and savory. So lucky to have a wonderful friend like you and the cooking is a bonus!

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