Bean stew in a casserole dish

Chorizo & bacon bean stew

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 6 - 8 as a side

A mixture of red kidney and black beans, chorizo and smoked bacon come together to make a hearty and mildly spicy bean stew. Grab a crusty roll and tuck in

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving (8)

  • kcal449
  • fat22g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre4g
  • protein38g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 1 ½ tbsp vegetable oil
  • 200g chorizo, chopped



    A coarsely textured, spiced pork sausage widely used in Spanish and Mexican cooking. It is made…

  • 100g smoked bacon, chopped
  • 4 shallots, sliced



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 400g can black beans
  • 400g can red kidney beans
  • 2 dried ancho chillies



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 1 tsp chipotle sauce
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes


  1. Put the oil, chorizo, bacon and shallots in a good-sized saucepan. Turn on the heat and cook for 5 mins, stirring every so often. When the shallots are soft and the bacon smells cooked, add the herbs and paprika, and mix well.

  2. Add the beans and the chillies, give it a good stir and cook for 2 mins so the beans are coated with the mixture.

  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, plus 100ml water and some seasoning, then give everything a good stir. Bring to the boil, then lower to a simmer and cook for 30 mins, stirring, until it’s thick. Once ready, remove the bay, thyme and chillies, then serve.

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Link1607's picture
19th Jun, 2020
Made this in a slow cooker over night with some chicken and chorizo nachos, guacamole and warmed up baguette. It was honestly delicious, tempted to put a piece of dark chocolate in it to add some extra richness. I'm not really a vegetable fan but wasn't bothered at all by the onion or beans once slow cooked.
9th Sep, 2019
Delicious recipe!
Lord Grim
28th May, 2018
I swapped the kidney beans for borlotti and the bacon for a big, thick gammon steak cut into 1.5cm dice. I also cooked it gently with the lid on for about an hour (wife decided to have a bath!) and then reduced it with the lid off when we were ready. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly, absolutely delicious just served with fresh bread for mopping.
22nd Oct, 2017
I used smoked turkey bacon instead. Very easy and quick dish.
21st Jan, 2017
Absolutely lovely.......a good hearty meal. Served it with crusty bread. I couldn't find the ancho chillies so substituted with a small amount of chilli powder and worked well. Tasty and delicious!
11th Dec, 2016
It sounds nice but it's a little hard to see how a recipe containing chorizo and bacon can serve as a vegetarian main.
30th Nov, 2016
Such a hearty supper, recommended
Deb S
27th Sep, 2016
Really good as a meal in itself, served with rice or mashed potatoes and veg. I added red pepper and garlic, and used fresh chillies. It was even better the second night.
29th May, 2020
Should the beans be drained and rinsed before adding?
lulu_grimes's picture
7th Jun, 2020
Hi, Yes, drain the beans, there's no need to rinse them. Lulu
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