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Chorizo Chickpea Stew

It’s the time of the year when the grayness of winter has sunk into our bones. I look out at the marsh and lake hoping that the ice will break up and the lake will move again. It’s the annual pause before spring when we are wanting, needing to see life again. I find myself watching for the finches to change color and the crocus to bloom.

To counter this time of the blahs I lean towards cooking something at little spicy, and chorizo definitely does the trick. I enjoy all chorizo whether it’s fresh Mexican (in link or bulk) or cured Spanish (in link ready to eat). Good chorizo is about the flavor profile. Traditionally made from pork, it may contain garlic powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, sweet paprika, salt, ground oregano, ground cumin and black pepper.

Several weeks ago I discovered a chicken chorizo that simply amazed me! The seasoning was perfect, and the texture bellied that it was even chicken. I also found that it was very versatile. I fry up a pound and keep it available for tacos, taco salads, or breakfast quesadillas. Then I made this chickpea stew. Wow.

CHORIZO CHICKPEA STEW

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound bulk chorizo of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 2-15 oz cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 4 cups vegetable stock (preferably homemade)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups packed fresh kale, stemmed and chopped

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large heavy pot, brown the chorizo in the olive oil over medium-high heat until no longer pink, breaking it up with the back of a wooden spoon.
  2. Add the chopped onion and continue to cook, until the onion is soft. Add the tomato paste, stirring until incorporated.
  3. Add chickpeas, paprika, salt, and vegetable stock. Cover and simmer on medium-low for 20 minutes.
  4. Add chopped kale, and simmer until kale is wilted and softened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Ladle into bowls.

Serves 4

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” –Margaret Atwood

Feeling A Little Spicy?

Can you tell that it’s pepper season here? I know there have been several posts showing their delicious versatility, so I’m hoping you can stand just one more. This week we’re doing Stuffed Poblano Peppers. These stuffed peppers are a hearty and satisfying Mexican style meal that is family friendly. The filling may make more than you will initially need. I usually freeze the remainder for future use in sweet bell peppers that are easy to come by later in the season. Either way, it’s sure to please.

The poblano pepper is a mild chili pepper, originating in the state of Puebla, Mexico. They are not as hot as a jalapeƱo, so they are perfect for Mexican and Tex-Mex cooking. Roasting them really brings out their great flavor. Poblanos are dark green in color, wide at the stem and narrow along the length of the pepper.

Traditionally, these stuffed peppers use ground beef, however I enjoy using Mexican chorizo in this dish. It adds a richness that compliments the poblanos. I have also tried a chicken-chorizo that was lower in fat than its pork counterpart that worked well. There is even a vegan chorizo by Friedas called “soyrizo”; all are viable options.

STUFFED POBLANO PEPPERS

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 large poblano peppers
  • 1 pound Mexican chorizo, casings removed
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce (I use my homemade roasted tomato sauce)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Cut a slice off lengthwise in each pepper. Remove seeds and membranes. Place peppers in a single layer.
  2. Bake the peppers for 15-20 minutes, or until softened.
  3. Heat a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add the chorizo and cook for 6-8 minutes, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until the chorizo is cooked through and no longer pink.
  4. Add the garlic and cumin, cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the rice, beans, corn, tomatoes and 3/4 of the cheese to the pan. Remove the pan from the heat and stir to combine. Coat the bottom of a 13×9 pan with tomato sauce. Place pepper halves on top. Fill each half with filling. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  6. Return the peppers to the oven. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted. Place 2 pepper halves in individual bowls, then top with tomato sauce and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

Serves 6

“Mexican food is one of the best culinary experiences that people can have.” ~ Karla Souza