Beach Cottage Too Easy Recipes ~ Chorizo Stew

Mon 6th, Jun, 2011

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G’day lovelies!

It’s Beach Cottage Too Easy Recipe time today in BC Land.

(can I just say apologies for the lack of Saturday Club this week…there was a technical hitch in this tatty old cottage & we spent some time without the internet…phew!)

We chat a whole lot about recipes on Facebook and I have had so many requests for the recipes that I seem to use day-in day-out that last week when I was making this for supper I got my camera out and got some photos…

I love cooking (but not baking) and everything I have learned has come from trial and error…I certainly cannot say that I learned from my Italian grandmother who spent long happy days cooking up a storm growing her own veg…nope…when I got married and was faced with that question ‘what’s for dinner’ I had under my belt an exam in Food & Nutrition from school and not much else.

I have written before how spending many holidays in France influenced my cooking in the early days and how I couldn’t get enough of simple country style food…good but not fancy ingredients and simple ways to cook them…and I still follow those lines when I cook..simple, rustic meals for my family…no fancy schmancy stuff goes on here…


When number 3 baby came along here things in the supper department became a little tougher and I found I needed to change the way I cooked or we ate pasta with butter & parmesan every night…not that there is anything wrong with pasta but indeed that does gets rather boring…

So I have kinda adapted the things from the vast amount of cookery books that I have….my faves are the likes of Elizabeth David, the early books of Jamie Oliver and Nigel Slater…. to food that would work in the week for a very active family of five…where often we are all eating at different times….and so a lot of the time that has meant one pot meals…with a huge salad and a baguette…Too Easy…

You might think that one pot meals are not for you, c’est la vie but this now at my stage of life is what works for me…for us these mean fresh, home made, non-processed food is on the table with not too much effort every night…and has meant that my kiddos turn there noses up at Maccas ;-)

And for me it makes a huge difference to the stress levels to know that even if everything else is caving in around me, the cottage looks like a bomb went off, there are sixty-five different taxi driving duties to do, there is yet another school event to go to, that the dinner is sorted…for me that is one way to keep all those balls in the air…it seems here that if dinner isn’t done everything else just goes pear-shaped…

So here I give you Beach Cottage Chorizo Stew…I think the favourite of the BC Crew….when I cook this you can smell it from down the road and when the Crew come in they love me ;-)



I first tried this from a recipe on one of those internet food forums, back in the days when little Mr BC was a baby…this recipe meant that I could get dinner going in the early afternoon while he was napping and let it sit happily all day and still be ok later on that night when Mr BC finally got home from his commute..

The recipe I tried then included the addition of butter beans but one day I made it with potatoes as I had forgotten to buy them and actually we preferred it..

And we all love chorizo…so it’s a no brainer…yum!




I usually buy the mild chorizo just because Miss Beach Cottage is not like me and doesn’t like this fiery hot…I have tried to force feed her the spicier version but she prefers the milder version..I counteract this by adding chilli to mine…



I love garlic and add it to I think nearly everything I cook…the BC Crew love garlic too….I am not sure if we stink because of this…




and I think it’s good for the brain…at least that’s what I tell them, I have no idea where I got that from…please feel free to tell me if that is a complete fabrication that I made up…



The best thing about this is it’s easy and tasty…it follows my criteria of being able to make you look like you spent all of the arvo in the kitchen making dinner when really all you did was some clever shopping and industrious chopping…





Beach Cottage Chorizo Stew

500g chorizo sausages

1 tbs olive oil

150ml vegetable stock

2 bay leaves

200 ml dry white wine

1kg potatoes

3/4 cloves garlic

1 large onion

1 handful mixed garden herbs


1. add oil to pan and heat

2. chop onion & garlic & throw into pot

3. slice chorizo into bite size pieces & add to pan

4. add bay leaf & wine

5. add herbs

6. slice and add potatoes

7. pour on chicken stock & poke the potatoes under the liquid

8. add lid and simmer very low for an hour

serve with big hunks of crusty bread & a green salad…



BC notes *

I add any fresh herbs in the garden but have used mixed dried herbs too
dried oregano good here if you have it on hand throw in a teaspoon
I buy the little 1kg bags of waxy potatoes
I like to serve this with home-grown Rocket
this is super super easy in the crock pot…throw it all in (no need to pre-cook anything) & cook on low all day or high 4 hrs (you may need to add more stock as you go)
prep beforehand and when you get home while you are sorting things out throw it in and cook in the oven for 30/40 minutes (check pots are done)
I would normally cook double this and freeze or use leftovers
…this makes with bread 4 hearty adult servings (this will serve all 5 of us…)

This is a great meal to come home to….and works surprisingly well both summer and winter…tucked up in doors with the fire on or after a long day on the beach with a huge plate of salad and a beer out on the deck

Perfectly delicious and just right for your little surfer dudes ;-)

…if you are stuck for dinner, try it, you won’t be disappointed and more you will look like you spent all day slaving when really the most effort you made was 10 minutes chopping and throwing…

Next time I have our favourite Chicken with garlic for you…another Too Easy Recipe that makes you look good

I’d love it if you left me your easy recipes…

see ya..

More Beach Cottage Too Easy Recipes here

Beach Cottage Goddess Salad

Beach Cottage Simple Beans, Lemon & Bacon Casserole

Beach Cottage Savory Muffins

Beach Cottage Go To Honey Joys

BC Easy Relish

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43 Responses to “Beach Cottage Too Easy Recipes ~ Chorizo Stew”

  1. Melinda says:

    Fantastic Sarah, off to the supermarket, on my way to a night of swimming lessons, armed with ingredient list – My cooking is in the dolldrums at the moment, a bit of spicy chorizo might just perk us up on onwards!! Love it xx

  2. I can’t wait to try this recipe! As for your question about garlic being good for the brain, I’ve heard that it strengthens the immune system and cleanses the blood. Hence, the old myth that vampires hate garlic. Maybe not a good idea if you’re a Twilight fan and want to attract a handsome brooding vampire like Edward…Me, I don’t care, I love garlic.

  3. Kat says:

    Love using garlic in this seaside house too! Very good for you my Mum always says.
    This looks yummy Sarah.
    I am sure I don’t even want to think about the fat content with all that chorizo in it!! :)

  4. Oh my hubby would LOVE this….an so will I
    Thanks! (and I have never noticed a garlic scent LOL)

  5. Alice says:

    lol, I love cooking with chourizo. I love making pasta dishes with it, rice with it, and potatoe dishes like the one above. Like you I am a big one pot, simple rustic food kind of gal and its what we eat around here most especially more now since number two has come round. You should try this next time: one onion diced cook ’till softened, add chopped chourizo sausage and cook with onion until onion is brown. Add 3-4 cups of chicken stock (or plain water) add two strips of pork spare rib cut into small sections.Add salt if you usually take it with salt. Add some canned beans(2X) (five bean mix plus butter beans) cook until the ribs are cooked and the stock/water reduced. Serve over some steamed rice – yummo chorizo and bean stew… This was an ultimate favourite of mine growing up and continues to be!

  6. Hayley says:

    Yum! Thanks for the recipe I am cooking it right now! I didnt put in as many chorizo and I added some mushrooms. It smells delicious!

  7. Robyn says:

    Looks very tasty. Will definitely be making that this week. Seem to be stuck in the same rutt wrt dinners, so this has come at a good time!

  8. Susan says:

    yum… I am a lover of chorizo….. always have half a dozen in my freezer.

    I will give this a try…… it looks just lovely XX

  9. Kirsten says:

    Yummo!! Thanks so much for sharing. I can’t wait to whip this up x

  10. Deanne says:

    Looks yummy, will have to try this!

  11. morning sarah from ol’blighty…

    we have just returned home from 10 days in the Scottish highlands…not a scrap to eat in this big old house and three kiddos to feed…

    you are a lifeseaver on the *dinner-tonight* front…the BC chorizo stew it is tonight amongst the endless post holiday washing etc!

    i’m sending you a huge virtual hug for it!

    melissa x

  12. Katherine says:

    Hmmmmm, looks pretty tasty! Yum.

    All I know is that Garlic is VERY good for you – so the more the merrier! I couldn’t cook without it – its a staple at our house too. Too bad if we are stinky?!!

    Cook on!!

  13. Jennifer says:

    I agree with Alice, I add onion, and some cannellini beans also to mine and also steamed kale on top when serving. This is my go to soup/stew all year round!!

  14. Heather says:

    Sarah! You are a gem! This looks so scrumptsh! Even though it’s finally heating up in my neck of the woods, I may now be wishing for a rainy day to make this :) I just made homemade potato sausage, I wonder if that would work in this. hmmm….

  15. Liz says:

    big fan or chorizo here. I love chorizo and eggs. Yummy!

  16. Robynne says:

    Looks great Sarah, just perfect for a cold English summer night!! Robx
    p.s. we have a rule in our household…if I eat garlic, hubby has to eat it also….otherwise I nearly drive him out of the bedroom as I breath on him all night!!

  17. Kim says:

    Looks pretty good I must say! I too love one pot dinners, so easy and always yummy for your tummy~Cheers Kim xox

  18. catherine says:

    it is so hot here in florida and so many wild fires around (everything smells like smoke) that i thought i would file this one away until winter but when you said ‘with a salad and cold beer’ i thought it sounded perfect! love spicy chorizo!

  19. hmmm this looks yummy I might try this when it gets a little cooler here. pics are so pretty!

  20. Vicki K says:

    I still have to remind myself to “think opposite” about my seasons! From the last post – could you tell us about your numbered hook rack?

  21. ok…i have had to come back & say….Sarah this stew smells AMAZING!!!

    it is on the cooker in a big french enamel pot- i can’t life the thing it’s so full & heavy!

    i LOVE this recipe….!!!!!!

    melissa x

  22. Scribbler says:

    This looks fantastic, and I know Sweet Husband is going to love it!

  23. Scribbler says:

    Forgot to say — I am flabbergasted by the cost of the chorizo — what is the American equivalent, I wonder?

  24. angie says:

    Wow at the price ! Its half that here., but then again most things are. I would do this with kiabalsa or Italian sausage which are both pretty cheap, Italian about 3.99 a pound. Have to say I cant wait for the 40 garlic chicken. Bought some thick sliced bacon yesterday on sale and will be making that bean and bacon dish this week. Thanks so much Sarah for posting those recipes.

    • sarah says:

      food is really exxie in Australia Angie…in fact everything is…the cost of living is high


  25. Oh thanks so much for sharing this recipe today. I’m all for easy and I do love my potatoes!

    Jan @ BellaCasa

  26. jojo3b says:

    Yummo… thanks for sharing..and looking forward to what other recipes you have for us…and others who want to share. I’ll be making this tomorrow ( tonight is pizza night in our house- better not mess with that!) . :)

  27. Elizabeth says:

    I first tried chorizo a few months ago and loved it! Thanks for the recipe Sarah, I’m going to have to try this on the weekend :)

  28. Emily says:

    This looks perfect for winter. I’m excited to try it, thanks for sharing!

  29. Gillian says:

    Hi Sara

    I can’t wait to try this recipe, tomorrow nights supper for sure. Love that it can be frozen makes life easy for us single girls just in case an unexpected vistor arrives for supper (Ok I’m dreaming here but you never know)

  30. carolyn says:

    Looks fabulous. My husband is going to LOVE this.

  31. Marnie says:

    So adding this to the menu..we all love Chorizo here too. As you know I cook a lot of traditional Greek dishes that are simple to make and use basic (but fresh) ingredients. I don’t like to overcomplicate things in my cooking. You can see some of my recipes on my blog if you get a chance.
    x Marnie

  32. Alicia says:

    Love the look of it!

    Can I ask how easy this is in a slow cooker?

  33. jojo3b says:

    I made this tonight. It was a hit with my mob.( 1 husband 3 teenage boys) I asked what could be added, second son said “more “. teehee. Thanks again, Sarah :)

  34. susan says:

    Love chorizo. I will definitely try this. I have made a stew with Kale, chorizo and chick peas/garbanzo beans but this version sounds yummy. Thanks Sarah!

  35. Alison says:

    Sarah, I have to admit I have never used chorizo, so chorizo newbie here.
    I just loved this. Thank you so much, now officially our favourite.

  36. Ludo says:

    HMmmm… I am so hungry right now! I love chorizo and stews and your photos so I will try this one. Thanks.

  37. Bec says:

    Just made Chorizo strew early this afternoon in preparation for swimming lesson night. Complete winner with 2 out of three children (and even she was won over by the crusty bread), I loved it, and I know my husband will love because he is addicted to chorizo. My additions (weird but what was in my crisper needing using), were brussels sprouts, green beens, a bit of pumpkin and olives right at the end for a bit of zing! Thanks Sarah this will definitely be entering our regular menu plan.