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Spicy Chorizo & Cabbage Stew

I’ve been on a soup kick this January and I don’t see this trend ending anytime soon. I’m particularly fond of hearty stews that are more of a “clean out the fridge/pantry” kind of situation. This recipe fits the bill and we’re really happy with how this turned out. Smokey, spicy, nourishing and a breeze to prepare this stew is perfect for a busy weeknight when you’re too tired to prepare something more involved. In this recipe I let the spicy flavors of the chorizo infuse the oil I cooked the vegetables in. It’s important to use Spanish chorizo  (it’s already cured and fully cooked) and let those deep flavors work their magic!

If you’re craving comfort this is the recipe for you. We served our stew with a few glasses of red wine and sat by the wood stove for the ultimate cozy date night at home.

Cheers from Tumbleweed Farm!

Spicy Chorizo & Cabbage Stew

Prep Time: 10 minutes    Cook Time: 25 minutes    Serves: 4

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces Spanish chorizo (about 2 1/2 links) sliced into 1/4 inch thick rounds
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more to taste if you like it spicier)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound potatoes (we used Yukon Gold) cut into 1 inch chunks (no need to peel)
  • 1 small green cabbage, cored and thinly sliced (about 1 pound)
  • salt and pepper
  • 6-8 cups low sodium chicken broth or water


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the chorizo, red pepper flakes and bay leaves and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chorizo colors the onion/garlic mixture, about 5 minutes longer. Add the potatoes and cook for 3 minutes longer. Toss in the cabbage and a hefty pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. Pour in 6 cups of broth or water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, but not mushy. About 20 minutes. Add more liquid, 1/2 cup at a time if soup is too thick.
  3. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper and serve warm.


*Use this recipe as a guide *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary *Taste test as you go

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7 thoughts on “Spicy Chorizo & Cabbage Stew

  1. cheri says:

    Just made this last night with Spanish chorizo and local Bend cabbage. It was tres delicious.

    1. Andrea says:

      so happy you loved it! xo

  2. Julie Moore says:

    So I am cooking the sausage first before throwing it in the pot, correct?

    1. Andrea says:

      Hi there,
      yes, you’re adding the sausage to the pot to flavor the ingredients and cook with everything so that it’s pungent with the spicy chorizo flavor. I hope that makes sense!

  3. Meg says:

    This rocked! Had some sausage, cabbage and potatoes on hand, looking for something to do with them. Even in summer, my family really enjoyed this. It will join the regular rotation.

  4. Tracy says:

    Is purple cabbage ok to substitute? Could the flavor change?

  5. Gail Johnson says:

    Hi Andrea, I love your recipes! Is there a way to print them without all the advertisements?

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