Quick Recipe Saturday?! Bean and Chorizo chilli!

Saturday, 1 November 2014

I would say this is a warming recipe, but really, do we need to be warmed?! It has been freakishly warm for the first of November. Or it is in Somerset, anyway. I'm not sure what to do with these beautiful sunny days. I've heard a couple of people say in a kind of dark, brooding way 'we'll pay for this warm weather somewhere down the line, you know.' Which is kind of foreboding.

Anyway, here's a recipe for you. I bunged this in the slower cooker at nine o clock this morning and it's still simmering away at 4.30pm. It's kind of a storecupboard thing. And yes, it is packed with fat-tastic chorizo, so sadly cannot be called healthy, but it has dried beans instead of mince, so in my head it all balances out.

Quick side note #1 - the thing about the dried beans is, they are a bit of a faff. I'm not gonna lie. But soaked and then boiled and then slow-cooked dried beans are really nice (and really cheap). If you don't want the faff, used tinned, but don't leave it on all day or they might dissolve into mush.

Quick side note #2 - sorry about photo quality. To be fair, I have a toddler who notices and takes advantage of my distraction. During the making of this dish she put her toy pig in the washing machine, smeared weetabix over one of the xBox controllers (which remains crusted on, argh) and unsorted the recycling I had just sorted. If it helps, imagine me taking these photos whilst yelling 'Noooooooooo!' and running off to stop her from cleaning the floor with my face wipes.

Slow-cooked bean and chorizo chilli

You will need:

1 large pack pre-sliced chorizo (or one whole chorizo sausage)
1 large red onion
1 pack dried beans (most beans work well, I used pinto beans this time, have used haricot and kidney before which work too).
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 squirt (!) tomato puree
600ml beef stock
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp mixed herbs
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp chilli flakes
1 tsp chipotle chilli flakes (optional! This is quite spicy ... you may wanna leave these out if you're not so keen on spicy food. But if you're not keen on spicy food chilli might not be the best choice for you anyway).
Generous pinch of sugar
  1. The night before you want to make the chilli, put the beans in a saucepan, cover with cold water, put the lid on, and leave overnight to soak. In the morning, drain and rinse beans, then pop back into the saucepan, cover with boiling water, and boil for ten minutes. This is an annoying but important step. Uncooked dried beans contain horrible toxins which, if not killed by heat, will, you know, make you really sick. Boiling for ten minutes will kill them all off. I always put my timer on to make extra sure, because I am paranoid very responsible. When they're done, drain them and put them in the slow cooker.
  2. Finely chop the red onions and soften them in a frying pan. When they are nearly done, add the chorizo (snipped in half with scissors or peeled and chopped depending on what kind you use) and the spices, and cook until the spices start to smell really good (whatever you do, don't take a huge deep breath over the frying pan, it will end badly. Trust me).Tip into slow cooker.
  3. Add all the rest of the ingredients and mix together. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8. The chilli will be fine to be left on low for longer if needed, although I find with my slow cooker that the ceramic pot keeps everything hot for a bit even after it's switched off.
  4. Serve with wraps, on top of jacket potatoes over a layer of cheese (drool) or with rice.
Hope you enjoyed this! Shout out to our awesome dinner guests Dave and Carmen. Who completely refused to be photographed for my blog. But made up for it by bringing an excellent selection of snacks :)


  1. I must try this! Every time I eat chorizo I remember the time I was living in Spain!! Thanks for sharing xx

    1. Thank you for reading! I love chorizo, I'd have it in everything if I could. ;) I can only imagine the lovely food you must have eaten when living in Spain! xx


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