An Epicurean Kinda Night

After picking these up this past Sunday I had no idea what I was going to do with them…

So of course I spent some time during lunch today scouring the internet for a recipe that hit the spot. 

Found it!

Epicurious.com to the rescue 🙂

Black Bean and Chorizo Stew

Since we all know that sneaking beans into The Man’s food is my favorite pastime (righttttt) I decided to make this recipe my own and modify it to suit our Sir Bean Hater’s  tasting needs 😛

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 package Wellshire Farms chorizo sausage, skins removed & crumbled
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 3 cups homemade chicken stock (or store bought)
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • black pepper & sea salt to taste

First step, saute the onions and green pepper in olive oil over medium until tender. 

Add in the chorizo and garlic towards the end.

I removed the casing from the chorizo and crumbled it, which wasn’t too hard since this chorizo was fully cooked.

After the veggies had softened (about 10 minutes) I added in the spices and black beans.

I ended up warming half the can of black beans in the microwave for a minute then smashed ’em with a fork so they’d thicken the soup.  Another lil’ game of hide-the-beans featuring yours truly, ya know, totally normal? 😉

Then in went the chicken stock – going through this batch like crazy!

Then I let the soup cook over medium heat, uncovered, for another 20 minutes so that it could thicken up a bit.

May not be the prettiest meal you’ll ever serve, but it sure is delicious!!!

A bit more “soup-like” than “stew-like” (probably due to my minor modifications?) but the broth had amazing flavor.  Such a hearty soup too, a little goes a long way!

Next time around I think some diced white potatoes would make a lovely addition to this dish.  But that’s just my opinion 😀

Soups are such a great go-to cold weather meal – I swear I’m a broken record saying this though! 

Good thing it’s warming up this weekend, at the rate I’m dishing out soups in the kitchen we are going to turn into a big bowl of chicken broth 😛

Night folks!

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4 responses to “An Epicurean Kinda Night

  1. Josh is a HUGE chorizo fan. He’d love this. I used a bundle in a chickpea soup a while back (in case you have some left: http://www.itzyskitchen.com/2010/01/creamy-chickpea-soup-and-walnut-argula.html). And AMEN to the warm up

  2. Mmm . . . that looks good. I will put this on my “must make” list. 🙂

  3. Haha, soups are my favorite thing to cook I think. I can’t get enough!

  4. I have some chorizo in the freezer… I can’t wait to make this recipe 🙂

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