Pork, Chorizo and Bean Stew

This Portuguese style Pork, Chorizo and Bean Stew is tasty and low in fat. It's one of those really easy 'one pot wonder' dishes which is ideal for feeding a crowd, wonderfully comforting and ideal for freezing.

As this stew has a good balance of carbs, meat and veg, you don't really need any side dishes with it although some crusty bread or green veg do make a nice accompaniment. I love to use fresh tomatoes in this stew as I think they give a wonderful flavour, but a couple of tins of plum tomatoes will be fine. If you have any fresh herbs kicking around then sprinkle some on top to serve.

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Pork, Chorizo and Bean Stew - Serves 6:

Time:  20 mins prep + 1 hour cooking

Cost:   £1.53 per serving

Calories: 400 calories per serving

  • 200g chorizo (not sliced) - diced into 1cm chunks
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 600g diced pork
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 red peppers, sliced and deseeded
  • 500g fresh tomatoes, roughly diced
  • 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 600g potatoes diced into 2cm chunks
  • 600ml chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil or coriander to serve (optional)
  1. Fry the chorizo on a low heat in a large cold pan. The fat will melt and the chorizo will cook. Tip it out onto a kitchen roll to soak up the excess grease.
  2. Fry the onion in a little oil until soft. Add the cooked chorizo and the diced pork along with the peppers, thyme and garlic. Cook over a medium heat until the pork is browned.
  3. Add the tomatoes, chickpeas and potatoes. Pour in the chicken stock and then enough boiling water to cover all the ingredients in the pan.
  4. Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and then simmer partially covered for 1 hour. Serve sprinkled with fresh herbs if you like.

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