This feels like a random recipe I never thought I’d post on my blog, but this delicious chickpea stew is one I crave each time the cooler months hit. Ironically I grew up eating this stew in Miami, Florida where it barely went below 70 degrees through out the year.
Nevertheless, Abuela’s garbanzos were one of my favorite dishes and each time I came back home or even visited my Cuban mother in law in Orlando, it’s something I typically requested.
I adapted a few of the ingredients with what was easily available to me and the end result was perfect. I can’t tell you how incredibly comforting this stew is. It just feels like nostalgia to me. In the morning place all your ingredients in the slow cooker…hours later, come home to the house smelling amazing and dinner is done…what?! Can’t get any better, or easier than that.
You can serve this over rice as my husband prefers and stretch this dinner out even further if you have lots of company, but I love it with a warm piece of crusty bread and plenty of leftovers to freeze for another cold winter day.
- 1 cup of chick peas (about half a 16oz bag), pre-soaked overnight
- 3 chorizo links (Spanish sausage)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 smoked ham hock
- 3 cloves of garlic finely diced
- 5 cups of chicken broth
- One 15 ounce can of tomato sauce
- 1 diced green bell pepper
- 1 cup of chopped onions
- 2 potatoes, peeled, and chopped into 2 inch cubes
- 2 cups of butternut squash cut into chunks (About one medium sized butternut squash)
- 1/2 teaspoon of dry oregano
- 1 cup of chopped or shredded ham
- 1/4 cup of white wine
- Place all ingredients in the 6 quart slow cooker (except for the ham) and set to HIGH. Cook for 6 hours. Cook on LOW for 8-9 hours. Add the chopped ham during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
- Serve over white rice or as a stew with a piece of bread.
- This freezes really well! You can pack it in a gallon ziplock bag and freeze it flat for easy storage.
- DO NOT double this recipe! It makes plenty of food for easily 6-8 people.
This bowl of goodness is a piece of my childhood…
…and a beautiful reminder of how amazing my Cuban heritage is.